Day 1: Ottawa to Iqaluit
Depart Ottawa around 9AM and fly north to Iqaluit arriving early afternoon on your included internal flight.
You will be met by your guide at the airport. After getting checked into your hotel room, we will begin with a tour the city of Iqaluit. Visit the town, visitor’s centre, museum and the legislature, from where Canada’s newest territory is governed. Iqaluit offers all of the modern conveniences you could want, from fine dining to shopping, as well as cultural experiences and outdoor adventures.
Just outside the city you will find a wealth of natural attractions. The picturesque Sylvia Grinnell River is a short walk from Iqaluit, where you’ll find Thule archaeological sites, a variety of rare plants, several species of wildlife, and some 40 species of birds. The river is a great spot to catch Arctic char, and the falls make a beautiful backdrop for a picnic.
Day 2: Dog Sledding
After breakfast we gather to go dog sledding. Step back in time and travel the traditional hunting routes of the Inuit. The romantic image of a by-gone arctic time – an Inuit hunter, his dog team, and the wide expanse of the arctic still exists in the Arctic to this day. As much as the snowmobile, also known as the ‘iron dog,’ has replaced the dog team as the primary workhorse of the Arctic, traditional dog teams still play an important part of the Inuit life and culture.
Visit the area where numerous dog teams are kept and help rig the dogs for your journey. After a good half-day of travelling by dog team, we’ll stop for a hot lunch and drinks.
Day 3: Ice Fishing
Today, we will be heading out by snowmobile to cover a different part of the land than where we travelled with dogs. We’ll head inland to one of the many lakes, and after auguring holes through the ice, you can try your hand at jigging for arctic char. Lunch will be spent ‘out on the land’ where we will grill our newly caught fish. Nothing tastes better than a freshly caught Arctic char out in the sunshine of the tundra.
The afternoon will be spent with our Inuit guides who will show us how to build an igloo. This is an active and participatory activity where they will show you how to properly select the right type of snow, carve it into the right size pieces, and build your own igloo.
Day 4: Art Galleries and Return
After a relaxed breakfast, we tour the city’s art galleries and meet with local artists. After lunch check in and fly back to Ottawa on your prearranged flight. Arrival in Ottawa will be in the late afternoon.