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As an Aurora viewing destination, Yellowknife boasts the highest percentage of Aurora sightings. The Aurora Ovals are located in the atmosphere in the areas surrounding the Earth’s magnetic poles. Yellowknife is situated in an advantageous position under the Northern Aurora Oval based on magnetic latitude. Yellowknife is far from the ocean with a flat geographical landscape meaning this location has a high percentage of clear skies. These factors, combined with latitudinal position, equals a high probability of Aurora Borealis sightings.

5 days / 4 nights

Group size: Independent Travel

2015 Departures:

Saturdays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
December 19 (2014) - April 20

2015 Pricing:

Thursdays: 5 Day Package
CA$2,220 Per Person based on twin share
CA$695 Single Supplement
+5% GST

Saturdays: 8 Day Package
CA$4,150Per Person based on twin share
CA$1,139 Single Supplement
+5% GST

Moon Cycle Departures
Thursdays: 5 Day Package

February 18, March 20, April 18, August 25, September 24
CA$2,335 Per Person based on twin share
CA$735 Single Supplement
+5% GST

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Itinerary

We've taken our amazing northern lights package and added more to complete the aurora experience in and around Yellowknife!

Blachford Lake Lodge provides you with the chance to enjoy a pristine environment with comfortable facilities, wonderful food and various activities. You'll have an exclusive, front row seat for nature's own light show after dark. Relax and explore the lodge that Their Royal Highnesses Prince William and Kate Middleton visited during their trip to Canada's North. In late summer, the Aurora often fills the night sky, reflecting off the shimmering waters of Blachford Lake.On crisp winter nights, the Aurora, the moon and the stars light your way on snow covered paths. The northern lights have been in existence since the earth formed an atmosphere, and shine most intensely in this region. Discover the magic of the north!

Day 1:
Fly north to Yellowknife and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. This vibrant city, located on the shores of Great Slave Lake, boasts endless stunning arctic landscapes. Explore the Old Town, featuring panoramic views from Bush Pilot's Monument, as well as a variety of unique shops and cafes.

Days 2 & 3:
Fly to Blachford Lake Lodge, a twenty-minute charter flight from Yellowknife. Located on a remote jewel of a lake set in Precambrian rock, this spacious, handcrafted log lodge offers a blend of rustic charm and modern comfort. Gourmet meals are prepared by talented chefs, and the cozy Aurora lounge offers a retreat in the evenings. Enjoy a variety of activities depending on your interests. Embark on guided excursions throughout the Canadian taiga, head out on a snowshoe or hiking trail, and discover the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. You may have the opportunity to join an authentic dog sled adventure or sample traditional Maple Sugar.

Day 4:
Return to Yellowknife late this afternoon for another overnight stay. You will have the early evening on your own to explore Yellowknife (ask us about booking a city tour!). We recommend taking in the amazing culture in this wonderful northern city. Browse the shops, and get a bite of fresh caught fish at Bullocks Bistro. You will be picked up from your hotel where you will have an evening aurora viewing tour. You will have the opportunity to in the warmer months take a boat across the lake and in the winter months snowmobile, to a rustic cabin where you will enjoy traditional northern snacks and hospitality.

Day 5:
Your tour concludes after breakfast this morning.

Ask us about extending your stay at the lodge, or choosing alternative departure dates!

Included

  • Two nights accommodation Yellowknife, standard guestroom with breakfast daily
  • Yellowknife airport shuttle upon arrival and departure
  • Round trip scenic flight on float plane from Yellowknife to Blachford
  • Two or five nights all inclusive accommodation at Blachford Lake Lodge, depending on package chosen
  • Gourmet meals and snacks while at lodge
  • Two hour interpretive experience (snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or ice fishing) - Guided
  • Use of most lodge equipment at leisure (extra cost for snowmobile rentals and dog-sledding)
  • Tire sur la Neige (maple sugar on snow) - based on availability of proper syrup
  • Use of lodge facilities
  • Mandatory gratuities at lodge
  • One night's aurora viewing tour out of Yellowknife including northern snacks, transportation and hotel transfers (approximately 3 hours)

Not Included

  • Airfare to Yellowknife
  • Meals other than indicated
  • Rentals and guide services as requested
  • Bar tab while at Blachford Lake Lodge
  • Winter clothing (ask us about rentals)
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • 5% GST

Tour Notes

On-Site Activities
Cross country skiing & snow-shoeing
Snowmobile
Ice fishing
Sauna & outdoor hot tub
Over 25 KM of groomed trails for usage
Winter sporting activities
Dog-Mushing
Licensed bar
Fireplaces
Northern library

Moon Phases
For those seeking an aurora experience during the darkest phase of the moon, there are specialized departures. During the long northern winter nights, certainly, the moon has a dominant influence on the appearance of the environment at remotely located Blachford Lake Lodge - both on the ground and in the sky. While the Full Moon provides us with enough light on the trails to go for a late night or dog sled tour, the New Moon reminds us even more, how far away we are from any sources of light. Millions of stars appear in the sky and the northern lights seem to be most powerful and vibrant.

Add-On Options

Dog Mushing Adventures:
Touch Of Mush (1.5 hours, $175 per person)
Northern Mushing Adventure (2.5 hours, $220 per person)
Aurora Spectacular (4 hours, $260 per person)

Snowmobile Adventures:
Whiteman Loop (2 hours, $180 per person)
Ice Pressure Ridges (3 hours, $300 per person)
Watta Lake (6 hours, $350 per person)

Clothing Rental:
Full gear rental includes a down parka, insulated snow pants, felt-duffel-lined boots and mitts, delivery and pick up.
$210 per person
*All add on options are subject to applicable GST.

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