Explore the frontier city of Yellowknife before flying to remote Blachford Lake Lodge. Accessible only by air, the lodge offers a variety of winter wilderness activities and its location right below the auroral oval, far from artificial light, makes it the perfect place for night-sky gazing.
- Uncover the history of the isolated city of Yellowknife
- Relax in an outdoor hot tub with northern lights overhead
- Try a variety of activities from skating and tobogganing to ice fishing and dog sledding
- Enjoy a special 1 hour snow mobile instruction, exclusive to Discover the World guests
The little-visited Northwest Territories make for an unforgettable winter holiday destination. With 2 nights in Yellowknife you will have time available to explore this frontier city, gaining a sense of what life is like in such a remote northern environment. Excellent sightings of the northern lights are common, even from Yellowknife, whilst the epic wilderness outside the city provides endless opportunities for outdoor adventures.
A 2 night stay at Blachford Lake Lodge allows the chance to immerse yourself in the Northwest Territories wild landscapes. Accessible only by air, the eco-lodge is perched on the shores of Blachford Lake and offers a cosy base from which to explore the surrounding boreal forest. Here you can try ice fishing, tobogganing, skating and snowshoeing, building up a big appetite for a hearty dinner back at the lodge.
Exclusive to all Discover the World guests is a special 1 hour snow mobile instruction, allowing you to learn the basics of snowmobiling and experience the true beauty of the frozen landscape.
As darkness falls all eyes turn to the sky – conditions permitting you may be rewarded with a multi-coloured display of lights dancing overhead. We recommend viewing the aurora from the best seat in the house – the outdoor hot tub!
Itinerary & Accommodation
- Day 1: arrive Yellowknife
- Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Located on the shores of Great Slave Lake, Yellowknife offers a fascinating insight into life in Canada’s far north.
- Days 2-3: Yellowknife - Blachford Lake
Transfer by ski-plane to remote Blachford Lake Lodge, your home for the next 2 nights. The 20-minute flight offers a birds-eye view of the Northwest Territories’ spectacular landscapes.
Blachford is a spacious handcrafted log lodge offering a blend of rustic charm and modern comfort. Perched on the edge of the lake, facilities include a sauna, outdoor hot tub and cosy Aurora lounge. Your time here is free to try a variety of optional winter experiences – you may wish to explore by ski or snowshoe, or try your hand at ice-fishing. Your experienced guide will be on hand to answer questions about the area’s wildlife, geology and First Nations history. At the end of an exhilarating day on the forest trails, return to the lodge for a hearty meal before turning to the skies in search of the aurora borealis. Blachford is far from the artificial light of the city and if conditions are right you could be in for a treat with dazzling colours dancing across the sky.
- Day 4: Blachford Lake - Yellowknife
- You will fly back to Yellowknife this afternoon, with time to settle into your hotel and perhaps head into downtown Yellowknife for dinner. Later this evening you will be picked up for an evening aurora excursion. Journey across the frozen Great Slave Lake by snowmobile to an isolated cabin (approx. 30 minute transfer), a warm base from which to watch out for the northern lights. Hot beverages and local snacks will be provided as you hunt the aurora. Return to your city hotel late tonight.
- Day 5: Yellowknife
- Your northern adventure ends today.
Extend your stay
We also offer a 7-night itinerary which includes 5 nights at Blachford Lake Lodge, plus 2 nights Yellowknife. Additional nights in Yellowknife can be arranged on request. Please note dog-sledding is not currently available at Blachford Lake, but can be arranged from Yellowknife.
Prices & Dates
Price from £1,509 per person (twin share)
Departs every Tuesday & Thursday from Dec 2017 to April 2018
2 nights standard hotel accommodation with breakfasts in Yellowknife • 2 nights accommodation with all meals and snacks at Blachford Lake Lodge (excludes alcoholic beverages) • Return airport-hotel transfers in Yellowknife • Return scenic ski-plane transfers from Yellowknife to Blachford Lake • Special 1 hour snow mobile instruction - exclusive to Discover the World guests • Use of groomed trails, cross-country skis, snow-shoes and ice-skates at Blachford Lake Lodge, also ice-fishing, sauna and hot tub • Guides for any activities at the lodge • Mandatory gratuities at Blachford Lake Lodge • 4-hour evening Aurora Viewing excursion from Yellowknife • Northern Lights Bradt Guide Book
International flights • additional meals not specified above • alcoholic beverages • snowmobiling excursions - available at Blachford Lake Lodge at additional cost • transfers to/from ski/float plane base in Yellowknife • items of a personal nature • tips and gratuities • optional tours • travel insurance
Please note that Blachford Lake Lodge is a remote wilderness lodge and features shared bathroom facilities.
Optional Activities at Blachford Lake Lodge
Whiteman Loop (2 hours) - £128 per person
Ice Pressure Ridges (3 hours) - £192 per person
Watta Lake (6 hours) - £304 per person
Down parka, insulated snow pants, felt-lined boots & mitts available to rent at Blachford Lake Lodge from £86 per person
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