Blachford Lake sparkles like diamonds in winter and its the perfect spot for aurora-watching.
Day 1 Yellowknife Yellowknife is the gateway to the Northwest Territories and the arctic region of Canada. Located on the edge of Great Slave Lake, the deepest lake in North America, this capital city is surrounded by nature. Yellowknife is not a sleepy town, and offers shops, museums, and great restaurants to choose from. From local pubs that brew their own beer to local delicacies of fresh fish caught straight from Great Slave Lake. Unique to Yellowknife and what people may not know is that Great Slave Lake freezes over in winter creating the famous Ice Roads, as seen on the TV show Ice Road Truckers. These roads take workers to the diamond mines fuelling the local economy. Yellowknife is easy to navigate and explore on foot.
Day 2 Yellowknife to Blachford Lake Lodge Make your way to the ski plane base. Your flight departs on an unforgettable scenic journey northward to the lodge over the Canadian taiga shield. Hundreds of lakes dot the landscape, all slowly draining to the adjacent Great Slave Lake. Blachford Lake Lodge is located in the rugged wilderness of Northern Canada, in superb Aurora-watching country. The lodge lies below the Auroral oval, the enormous band of energy that circles the north magnetic pole. Here in Canadas wilderness, you are as close to the Aurora as any earthbound spectator ever gets. Many miles from roads, the lodge nonetheless provides many of the benefits of a luxury hotel, with the priceless addition of a pristine wilderness environment, unpolluted by artificial light or noise, the perfect setting for watching the Aurora Borealis. Arriving at the lodge, check in and get settled before lunch. Afterwards, take some time to talk to your hosts to discuss what activities you will be doing and the facilities of the lodge available to guests. After dinner, relax until your hosts collect you for your first incredible night of Aurora viewing. Reds, blues, greens and violet streaks dance across the sky in a kaleidoscope of colour and motion. (L)(D)
Day 3 Blachford Lake Lodge Every day of your stay, the wonders of northern Canada are yours to discover. With landscapes and an ecology unlike any other, the forests and lakes surrounding the lodge offer ample opportunities for exploration and adventure. In winter after the lakes freeze and the snow arrives, the lodge becomes a hub of winter sports. Ice-skating, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, fat tire biking and kicksleds are all available for guests to use. And of course, nights showcase the fantastic displays of light of the Aurora Borealis. (B)(L)(D)
Day 4 Blachford Lake Lodge Each Aurora show is unique. The Aurora often occurs as curtains, parallel rays that fold and ripple as they swirl across the sky. Sometimes the lights move with incredible speed, and sometimes they hover lazily in great arcs. They might appear as ghostly wisps of green that suddenly burst into a crown of giant spokes. Once in a while all these patterns are displays in a variety of colours at one time - a truly mind-blowing experience. (B)(L)(D)
Day 5 Blachford Lake Lodge Although it seems as if the land has gone to sleep in winter, there is wildlife all around Blachford Lake Lodge. Only the bears are asleep. Ravens, ptarmigan, grouse and even snowy owls winter here in the forest. Snow buntings and Canada jays can be spotted in the early spring before the snow melts. The staff love to point out the signs of life. Red foxes are common in the Blachford area, and usually sport a red coat, black stockings and a black tail with white tip. Often seen in the winter, They hunt mainly at night. Fox tracks are distinctive, a neat row of tiny diamond shaped footprints in the snow. Moose live in the forest near Blachford Lake Lodge, as do wolves and coyotes. Lynx, large northern wild cats, are shy, but their tracks can sometimes be seen beside the nature trails. (B)(L)(D)
Day 6 Blachfod Lake Lodge to Yellowknife Travel by ski plane back to Yellowknife, then make your way to the hotel. You will have a final day in Yellowknife to further explore. The bustling streets are filled with trendy shops and public art, and then there's whole host of colourful locals who make this town lively and unique. (B)
Day 7 Yellowknife Today your incredible adventure comes to an end.
2 nights hotel accommodation in Yellowknife.
4 nights accommodation at Blachford Lake Lodge.
Return flights from between Yellowknife and Blachford Lake Lodge.
Selected meals as specified.
Winter clothing rental.
Use of seasonal equipment at Blachford Lake Lodge: ice skates, snowshoes, cross-country skis, fat tire bikes and kicksleds.
One guided interpretive experience per day while at Blachford Lake Lodge.
The service of a dedicated Travel Advisor managing your booking.
Travel Dates: Selected travel dates 4 January - 5 April 2023