This tour of Canada's Arctic uses our own private aircraft, allowing us to visit a broad cross-section of communities without being encumbered by the normal air schedules. Arctic air-schedules often keep travellers waiting days for connections, and force many back tracks. With our own aircraft, we are able to keep our travel to a minimum, and maximise our time in Canada's Arctic and sub-Arctic.
Day 1: Meet in Winnipeg and transfer to the Fort Garry Hotel where you will meet your travelling companions for a welcome cocktail.
Day 2: A full day touring, including a visit to the Hudson Bay Company's Lower Fort Garry, and an extensive visit to the Manitoba Museum, a fine collection of artefacts and displays pertinent to your trip into Canada's north. In the evening, we will have dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3: The tour begins as we board our chartered Metroliner III aircraft at Winnipeg airport and head north toward Norway House, where we will make a brief stop. This community was once a vital part of the Hudson Bay fur-trading routes. We will have a short tour here before heading north, and en route to Churchill overfly the dramatic trading post at York Factory. We will arrive in Churchill in the late afternoon and check into our hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 4: A full day's touring in the community, including a boat tour on the river where you will see hundreds of Beluga Whales, and a chance to cross and visit Prince of Wales Fort. The summer is a time for spectacular colours on the tundra, and also an opportunity to see the early polar bears as they begin their annual migration along the shores of Hudson Bay.
Day 5: Today we move from the sub-Arctic to the Arctic, and cross the border into the territory of Nunavut. Our day will see us overfly the walrus colonies of Coats Island, en route to Repulse Bay where we will overnight at the Naujat Hotel..
Day 6: We will have a full day touring Repulse Bay, a delightful community that straddles the Arctic Circle. Touring will centre on the bay itself, home to Narwhal, Beluga, Bowhead and even Killer whales. In the late afternoon we will continue north, flying the 230 miles to Igloolik at the northern tip of the Melville Peninsula.
Day 7: Igloolik is home to over 1,500 people, and offers visitors a fascinating insight into the complex culture of the Inuit people. Igloolik is also home to the Igloolik Research Centre, and the community is widely considered to be the cultural hub of Nunavut.
Day 8: This morning we head north, flying to our destination of Pond Inlet, a dramatic community on the northern coast of Baffin Island. Our flight path will take us past the massive bird colonies of Bylot Island before landing in Pond. Here we will meet the group who will take the aircraft south once again, and following lunch, we will have time to explore the community.
Day 9: A full day in Pond Inlet, with a half-day local tour, and some free time for shopping and wandering this remote community, lying at 72N.
Day 10: Our southbound flight will take us first to Iqaluit, and then connecting to Ottawa where we will overnight.
Day 11: Our tour of Canada's Arctic ends.
Please note that this tour program will operate with two departures; the first commencing in Winnipeg and terminating and the second offering the itinerary in reverse.