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Yellowknife: Backcountry Snowmobile Tour with Winter Gear

1. Yellowknife: Backcountry Snowmobile Tour with Winter Gear

Explore Yellowknife's backcountry on a snowmobile tour. Glide through snow and under frost-covered trees to stops with charming wintertime landscape views. Begin your experience with a pickup from your accommodation in Yellowknife. Hop aboard a climate-controlled van and relax as your drive to the base camp for your snowmobiling adventure. Once arrived, listen to a short safety briefing that will help you to feel confident during your ride. Then, suit up in the provided winter gear.  Get on your double snowmobile for a tour that rushes through the fresh snow of Yellowknife's backcountry which is part of the Northwest Territories. Set out for an exhilarating ride with photo stops. This trip rides through a snow forest with exceptional lake views. Admire the incredible nature surrounding Yellowknife before returning to the base camp to take the van back to your accommodation.

From Yellowknife: Aurora Borealis Tour with Cozy Cabin Base

2. From Yellowknife: Aurora Borealis Tour with Cozy Cabin Base

See the stunning Aurora Borealis Lights with transportation from Yellowknife. Get cozy at your base in a warm cabin in the wilderness of the Northwest Territories. Marvel at the night sky, enjoy a midnight meal and hot drinks, and try on traditional Northern winter clothing. Start your tour with pickup in a coach or SUV from your Yellowknife hotel. Take a short 15-minute drive to the cozy cabin nestled amongst the bush. Begin the evening with a meet and greet and listen to Northern stories and history from your local guide. Next, enjoy a light midnight meal of traditional fish chowder and bannock fresh from the oven. Keep an eye out for the appearance of the Northern Lights, which usually occur around midnight. While waiting, get some photos trying on Inuit and Northern winter clothing. The base offers the perfect vantage point for the Northern Lights, one of nature's most elusive and breathtaking phenomena.

Yellowknife: Dog Sledding Tour

3. Yellowknife: Dog Sledding Tour

Have a one-of-a-kind experience and go on a dog sledding tour. Let your guide take you across snow-packed trails and under frost-covered trees. Learn about the region's Indigenous history and dog sledding culture and enjoy hot tea with bannock. Get picked up from outside your accommodation in Yellowknife and hop aboard a climate-controlled van. Relax during your ride to the base camp where you will begin your dog sledding adventure. Listen to a short safety briefing that will help you to feel confident during your ride and then meet a team of friendly dogs. Step onto your sled and follow your guide on an adventure in gorgeous wintertime nature. Feel the energy of your dog team while they pull you through snow-filled trails. During your tour spend time in a cozy cabin to sip on a hot cup of tea and snack on some bannock. Learn about Indigenous traditions, the history of the area, and dog sledding before heading to the base camp for your ride back to your accommodations.

From Yellowknife: Northern Lights Bus Tour with Photographer

4. From Yellowknife: Northern Lights Bus Tour with Photographer

Witness the phenomena of the northern lights on a bus tour at night. Enjoy the live commentary from your driver-guide, pictures taken by a professional photographer, and warm drinks with cookies. Get picked up from your accommodation in the evening and hop aboard your bus to depart for the Ingraham Trail. Listen to your driver-guide as they supply you with all the need-to-know information about Yellowknife and the incredible northern lights. Stop at 3 different locations for diverse views and photos of the northern lights. A professional photographer will be on board to capture the moment. During your search, stay warm with complimentary hot cocoa, tea, and coffee along with some cookies. Journey back to Yellowknife before the early morning approaches.

From Yellowknife: Guided Kayak Expedition

5. From Yellowknife: Guided Kayak Expedition

Paddle among thousands of remote islands and have the chance to disconnect from the digital world as you paddle through the wide-open water vistas of the North Arm territory under the Aurora Belt. From a paddler’s perspective, the North Arm is a paradise of unexplored islands of glacier carved, Precambrian rock. It’s a wilderness odyssey of narrow channels you’ll navigate with expedition-grade sea kayaks. The numerous channels and bays of the North Arm are an important habitat for breeding birds, and each year attract more than 100,000 northbound migrating waterbirds. You’ll find a stunning variety of birds, such as bald eagles, gulls, terns, ducks, swans and geese. It’s also home to moose, black bears, bison, and wolves. Start your expedition in the morning and head out from the capital city of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife. Your shuttle will take you down the road to "Frank's Channel". From there you will launch into Great Slave Lake and begin your 130 kilometers paddle back to Yellowknife. Camping each night on the many islands of the North Arm, you'll make your way around the historic Old Fort Rae towards the spectacular area known as Trout Rock. After a 10 kilometers section of exposed shore, you'll tuck back into the cover of the thousands of islands in the North Arm. Water clarity improves as you paddle east, through the remote and beautiful wilderness of Great Slave Lake. Have a feeling of accomplishment as you paddle back into Yellowknife Bay. The colorful houseboats and your shuttle will meet you at the main dock. After hot showers, the group will all meet for dinner, cold beer, and final farewells!

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