Come on an exciting Arctic adventure day trip to visit the spectacular Canadian Reindeer Herd, (only accessible by snowmobile) in their winter grazing area. You will be driving one of our snowmobiles on this guided tour from Inuvik in the Mackenzie Delta up to the beautiful Arctic tundra where these animals spend the winter. The snowmobile trip is about 2.5 hours long or much shorter if we drive you in a vehicle most of the way. This trip gives you a chance to see some amazing open country above the tree line. One of the reindeer herders will meet the group and guide us to the herd where you can see 2,000 animals feeding and resting. We will not be chasing the herd! This is a really good photo opportunity that you will not want to miss. To keep you warm we will supply a high quality winter anorak, windbreaker, snow pants, fur mitts and mukluks. For groups visiting the herd by snowmobile we will take you to our winter island camp to rest, have a hot lunch and warm up before the return trip.
Helicopter to the herd. 4 people minimum @ $750pp.
Winter is a great time to visit the Arctic in it's glory. We offer many activities that you can enjoy in this wild and wonderful place above the Arctic Circle. These activities include dog sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, aurora viewing, driving on the ice road, a cultural village tour of Tuktoyaktuk, a helicopter tour, a tour to see the Canadian Reindeer Herd and a chance to celebrate the return of the sun at the Sunrise Festival in January following the dark days.
You can now drive the new Inuvik Tuk highway connecting Canada coast to coast to coast! Drive it yourself in one of our rentals or let us drive you there with an interpretive tour guide on an interesting tour that includes a traditional Inuvialuit lunch in Tuk. Note: It is unlikely that you will see the reindeer herd from the highway as these animals are kept away from the road to avoid poaching. If you would like to see the reindeer we can take you to the herd.
Here are some of the packages that we can offer you this winter:
$3,775 per person plus GST
This package includes your flight from Edmonton to Inuvik and back and a spectacular winter holiday in Inuvik! Drive on an Arctic ice road right across the Mackenzie Delta through several beautiful river channels to the sleepy little village of Aklavik nestled at the base of the Richardson Mountains. Aklavik is the birthplace of Inuvik and the burial spot of the infamous Mad Trapper of Rat River. We will also drive you on the new Inuvik Tuk Highway to the Arctic Ocean and the Inuvialuit settlement of Tuktoyaktuk. This package also gives you some great dog sledding with our beautiful white huskies on scenic trails in the Mackenzie Delta with lunch around a campfire. Then snowmobile for about 1 hour to a secluded cabin in the heart of nature where you will be served lunch and relax by the wood stove; (you drive a machine or we will do the driving). Accommodations in a cozy full-service log cabin with running water & electricity.
Check in to an Arctic Chalet full-service cabin unit for 5 nights
Town of Inuvik tour
Full-day drive on the new Inuvik Tuk road all the way to the Arctic Ocean!
Ice road tour across the Mackenzie River Delta to Aklavik
Dog sledding tour with campfire & a hot lunch
Snowmobile tour to the Arctic Loon Cabin (includes a light lunch at the cabin)
Airport shuttle for your flight south
NOTE: This package can be modified to suit your interests.
Included in this package are:
The Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway is open!
2019 Aurora Viewing & Sunrise Festival
$960 per person plus GST
January 4-7, 2019
Airport shuttle Check into a cozy full-service cabin 1.5 km away from Inuvik city lights
1-hr dog sled with the White Huskies or take a snowmobile tour - Drive your own dog team or snowmobile through a winter wonderland! Courtesy vehicle provided for town use Attend opening ceremonies of the Sunrise Festival in the evening. Watch for northern lights if skies are clear day and night.
Attend the Sunrise Festival with a courtesy vehicle
Visit the ice village
6 pm Bonfire
7 pm Fireworks are spectacular!
Option: You can arrange on Friday to rent a car to drive to Tuktoyaktuk
and the Arctic Ocean on Saturday. Rental is about $250 in total for this day trip.
Sunrise Festival pancake breakfast
Afternoon: Ice road tour
Courtesy vehicle provided for town use only
Morning walk with the puppies, snowshoeing or go shopping in town
Check-out & Airport shuttle 1.5 hours before your flight
Note: You can add on extra nights accommodations if you like and do more tours.
What’s included in this package
Accommodations for 3 nights
Dog sled or snowmobile tour
Ice road tour
Winter parka, snow pants and mukluks for dog sledding or snowmobiling
Courtesy car for going to town
*Food and meals are not included but your cabin has a kitchenette with dishes and cookware.
Tips on how to dress for the cold
We recommend that you bring a warm hat & a neck warmer, long johns, fleece wear, sweaters and jackets that you normally use where you live (unless you come from Australia)! Wool, fleece and down work really well in the cold. Layers are the best! If you have winter snow boots bring them too. Insulation rating should be -60 or higher. Our parkas can go on top of your jackets and other layers for dog sledding or snowmobiling. Bring hand and toe warmers to put into your boots and mitts. They are called “Hot Shots” or “Little Hotties” and are available in sports stores and other places as well - even at Costco, but may be a different brand! These don't last too long in the cold so bring quite a few of them.
Mackenzie Delta Ice Road Tour
$425 per person plus GST tax
This tour gives you a spectacular drive right across the Mackenzie Delta to the little village of Aklavik, the birthplace of Inuvik and the burial spot of the infamous outlaw, the Mad Trapper of Rat River. The ice road to Aklavik winds its way through several narrow river channels in the Delta and crosses the main channel of the Mackenzie River. You get a spectacular view of the mountains behind Aklavik as you get closer to the village. In Aklavik you can see the Mad Trapper's grave and get a picture of yourself as the mad trapper.
New Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway Day Tour from Inuvik to the Arctic Ocean!
$400 per person Minimum 3 people
$600 per person for 2 people
Be among the first to travel on this new road. This highway completes Canada’s link to road access from coast to coast to coast. This gravel road winds its way 140 kilometers from the Mackenzie Delta over open tundra, around beautiful little lakes and hills all the way to the Inuvialuit village of Tuktoyaktuk up on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. You can add on a visit to an Inuvialuit home for a traditional lunch of caribou soup, fresh bannock (fried bread) and a taste of muskox meat, dried fish and whale meat.
Tuktoyaktuk Cultural & Village Tour for Self-drives up the New Highway to the Arctic Ocean
$150 per person ( 2-3 people minimum)
Once you arrive in Tuk we will give you a 2-3 hr. village tour and that includes a visit in an Inuvialuit home for lunch. Enjoy an authentic culinary experience with traditional caribou or reindeer soup and fresh bannock as well as samples of various meats that have formed the diet of the Inuit of this area for centuries. Our guide will also include a demonstration of furs and traditional clothing to complete this cultural experience, and to top it off you will get an Arctic Ocean Toe Dipping certificate! Meet your native guide at the "Welcome to Tuktoyaktuk" sign at noon or at another prearranged time.
See The Famous Canadian Reindeer Herd
Note: Due to Arctic weather conditions such as wind storms etc. your tours could be cancelled or changed to another day. Please allow an extra day or two in your travel plans and be sure to get travel insurance.
For Dog Sledding and Snowmobile tours go to the Dogsledding/Snowmobiling page.