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The Northwest Territories & Northern Alberta Tour
Duration: 11 Days Countries Visited: 1 Activity Level: 1 Tour Style: Cultural
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The Northwest Territories & Northern Alberta Tour

11 Days

Waterfalls Route; Alexandra Falls; Hay River Aboriginal Tour; Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary Yellowknife City and Gallery Tour; Prince of Wales Heritage Centre; Ragged Ass Road; Summer Solstice Celebration; Lady Evelyn Falls; The Northern Trading Post; Mackenzie Crossroads Museum; Grande Prairie Museum

Tour Overview
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Countries Visited: 1 Activity Level: 1 Tour Style: Cultural

Experience the north and the summer solstice in the land where the sun never sets.



Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices



Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table.

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A 5% Canadian tax (GST) will be levied on the land price and single supplement (if chosen), and any extra nights (if requested), and is not included in tour price. These amounts will be listed separately on your invoice. Depending on Solstice timing and related events, our dates may shift by a day once scheduling is announced.

Optional Single Supplement: $844 USD (number of singles limited).

$500 USD DEPOSIT REQUIRED per person
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Full Itinerary
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Day 1 Arrival in Edmonton, Alberta
Today we arrive in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital.

The great Canadian city of Edmonton began as a trading post called Fort Edmonton, built in 1795. In the late 19th century the settlement had begun to spread outside the fort, and by 1892 Edmonton had been incorporated as a town and in 1904 it was incorporated as a city. Despite its small size Edmonton was chosen to be the capital of Alberta in 1905.

Summertime in Edmonton is nothing short of legendary, and it is the height of festival season. Experience what 18 hours of sunlight a day feels like and soak up all the energy of one of the world's largest northernmost metropolis. Long sunny days are perfect for patio-hopping and enjoying the Canadian wilderness.

Overnight in Edmonton.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Edmonton - Peace River
After breakfast we will enjoy an orientation tour of Edmonton – taking in the major city highlights before heading towards Peace River. Alberta is a fertile slice of land, one dominated by the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains of North America. The Great Plains slope east from the Rockies and sweep across Alberta. The land is generally smooth with large treeless areas, especially in the eastern and southern regions of the province.

Today as we travel north (+/- 5 hours) we will witness the landscape change quickly from prairie grassland to lakes and boreal forest. The Mighty Peace Region in northwestern Alberta is defined by the beautiful river for which it is named. Flowing through two provinces (Alberta and British Columbia) and 1300 km of pristine wilderness, the Peace River is more than just a water source—it is the bond that connects past to present, the people to the land, and our diverse communities to each other. It was a source of sustenance and transportation for the Beaver and Cree nations and the early Europeans, and still provides water for communities and recreational opportunities

The long daylight hours will allow you to make the most of your time this evening exploring the town centre. Consider walking along the Peace riverfront walking paths.

Overnight in Peace River.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Peace River, AB - Hay River, Northwest Territories
Today’s drive takes us almost directly north and across the 60th Parallel border into the Northwest Territories, one of the sub-Arctic regions of Canada. Along the way we will make a stop at the 60th Parallel for a visit to the Visitor Centre. This is a great opportunity to stretch our legs and get a first taste of what the North has to offer.

We will travel the highway dubbed the ‘Waterfalls Route’ and just prior to arriving in Hay River we will make a stop at the Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park. One of the most popular parks in the Northwest Territories, Twin Falls boasts a wealth of attractions. The park, 75 kilometres north of the Alberta border, stretches along the rim of Twin Falls Gorge, encompassing the 32-metre-high Alexandra Falls. It is here that the Hay River plunges into a deep limestone canyon and then, a few kilometres later, it drops again at the three-tiered Louise Falls. We will view the breathtaking Alexandra Falls from a fine lookout point.

Later in the day we arrive in the town of Hay River, situated on the shores of the Great Slave Lake. This is truly the “Hub of the North”, as Hay River is the crossroads of the Northwest Territories – a fishing, tourism and transportation mecca surrounded by wilderness but an easy day's drive (or quick flight) from the big cities of Western Canada. This bustling town has a population of fewer than 4,000.

Overnight in Hay River.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Hay River Touring
Today we will learn of the region’s indigenous culture on a "Walk in my Moccasins" tour, with cultural and interpretive information provided by a local guide whilst surrounded by some spectacular scenery. Part of our experience will be the Indigenous Fire Feeding ceremony and a drum performance.

We will also tour the Hay River Reserve including the Dene Cultural Institute, where we learn about the history and traditions of the Indigenous Dene people.

This evening you will have some free time to explore the town on your own.

Overnight in Hay River.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Hay River - Yellowknife
Today we depart Hay River and head out for Yellowknife.

One of the first stops on our journey will be at Lady Evelyn Falls. A short trail leads us to the falls where we see the giant curtain of water as the Kakisa River spills over a limestone escarpment. A staircase leads into the gorge at the base of the falls. The Kakisa River is a warm and boulder-strewn river that provides many excellent fishing opportunities. Northern pike, pickerel/walleye and Arctic grayling can be caught by casting into the pools at the base of the falls.

We then continue on to the tiny traditional community of Kakisa, 10 km from the Lady Evelyn Falls, on the shores of Kakisa Lake, to see a traditional Indigenous community from close at hand. What quaint Kakisa lacks in size, it makes up for in being welcoming, rooted, rustic and peaceful. As the Northwest Territories' tiniest town, the community comprises fewer than four-dozen people living on an idyllic lakefront wilderness.

We then drive to the settlement of Fort Providence, a picturesque little community situated on the shores of the Mackenzie River. The Snowshoe Restaurant here makes for an easy stop for lunch. We then cross the Mackenzie River Bridge before travelling along the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary. Be sure to keep a watchful eye out for the free roaming wood bison often found wandering near the roadside here.

Our next stop is the North Arm Territorial Park for a great view of the north arm of the Great Slave Lake. Lastly, we arrive in Yellowknife, situated on the shores of Great Slave Lake.

Overnight in Yellowknife.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Summer Solstice
Today and tomorrow span the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. The sun rises at 3.45 am and does not set until almost midnight providing for 20 hours of sunlight and then twilight for 4 hours. There are plenty of daylight hours to stay up and enjoy some community activities including the culture filled Aboriginal Days, and to experience the true flavour of this far northern community. Please note that many of the community activities are not confirmed until close to actual dates, so a degree of flexibility is required in our program for the day (we may also shift the overall dates of the tour by a day prior to 'guaranteeing" the trip in order to coincide with event scheduling once announced). Please also note that Covid-19 restrictions may impact Solstice-related events in 2021/22.

An expert local guide will join us for a city and gallery tour of Yellowknife. We will learn about the culture, the Indigenous peoples, the early settlers and the history of the area, now the centre for diamond mining in Canada. We will also aim to visit the Legislative Assembly Building of the Northwest Territories and the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, a museum that chronicles Aboriginal and European history in the North and includes environmental exhibit displays. The tour includes a mix of galleries of Dene art, carvings and tufting, birchwood, glass recyclers and the works of local artists who produce jewellery.

Today we will also spend time in Old Town and the visit famous Ragged Ass Road.

Overnight in Yellowknife (dinner on your own this evening).

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7 Yellowknife
The morning is free for you to explore the many local galleries and craft stores, perhaps revisit a museum, or even take a relaxing walk around nearby Niven Lake. A walk to the Bush Pilot’s Monument provides a nice scenic overview of the town.

This afternoon we will meet our local guide and enjoy an interpretive tour of the harbour and Great Slave Lake by boat. We will end the day with a traditional Northern Fish Fry dinner - a remarkable local experience.

Overnight in Yellowknife.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Yellowknife, NWT - High Level, AB
We will say farewell to Yellowknife after breakfast and head south, crossing the 60th Parallel and entering back into the Province of Alberta. We will stop again at the 60th Parallel for a quick leg stretch. Today will be a full travel day before we arrive in the town of High Level, often referred to as the Gateway to the South.

The name High Level described the height of the land that separates the Peace River and the Hay River. In 1786 fur traders arrived in the area, but it wasn't until the 1940’s that the first settlers arrived. Today High Level attracts visitors from around the globe due to its stunning landscapes.

Overnight in High Level.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 High Level - Grande Prairie
This morning we visit The Northern Trading Post located with the Mackenzie Crossroads Museum. Here we will see a collection of over 1,600 food and medicine containers, some dating back to the late 1800's, along with an extensive photo collection of the era. These, plus other artifacts in use during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, are showcased in a typical trading post and general store setting complete with attached living quarters. Additional displays feature information on the Indigenous Peoples who inhabit the area, and the history of trapping/fur trading, and farming in the region. There is also a display on the life of the pioneer woman settlers.

We then start our drive southwards to the Peace Country (4-5 hours). Time-permitting, we will visit the Grande Prairie Museum to learn about the history of Grande Prairie and the Peace River Region.

Overnight in Grand Prairie.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Grande Prairie - Edmonton
Today we drive across central Alberta and back to Edmonton (4-5 hours) via the town of Whitecourt. Whitecourt was first formed in the place known by the Cree as Sagitawah (the place where the rivers meet). While the first Hudson's Bay Company trading post was established in 1897, the first permanent resident on the present day town site did not settle here until 1905.

You will have some free time in Edmonton this afternoon before we meet for our farewell dinner.

Overnight in Edmonton.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Departure from Edmonton
Our epic northern journey comes to a close this morning as we head home with memories of the land of the midnight sun, the vast open landscapes of the Northwest Territories, and the hospitality of the people who call this part of Canada home.


Included Meal(s): Breakfast



Trip Info
Trip Info


Breakfast daily & most dinners (hotels & local restaurants) as listed in tour itinerary.

All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary.

Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters (if available).

Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.

Airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international air taxes (if applicable), any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.

A 5% Canadian tax (GST) will be levied on the land price and single supplement (if chosen), and any extra nights (if requested), and is not included in tour price. These amounts will be listed separately on your invoice.

Seasonality and Weather
From May through September, visitors can expect pleasantly warm, long days as well as cool, comfortable nights. You will be amazed at the number of hours of daylight that the northern towns receive in June – up to 22 hours per day! And with these extra hours of sunlight, we are treated to an amazing array of special bonuses – an abundance of wildflowers & brilliant blue skies.

Please note that Covid-19 restrictions may impact Solstice-related events in 2021/22.

Transport and Travel Conditions
Ground transport provided by touring coach/minibus depending on ultimate group size.

This is a busy tour, but not physically strenuous. One must be prepared for some early starts and full travelling days featuring varied and interesting scenery (some stretches can be a bit repetitive after a while). Roads are excellent, but some slow and winding sections should be expected.

While starting/ending in Edmonton adds to our time on the road, using this major gateway allows us to avoid high airfares and seat availability problems typical of these remote locations in summer.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

All accommodation is no less than 3-star standard. We always receive great reviews about the hotels’ cleanliness, service, accessibility, and convenience/location. In two locations, we are limited to the best available.

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Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, driver/s, local guides as necessary/appropriate.

Group Size
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader



Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.

Ptarmigan Inn
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Hay River
Country: Canada
On a downtown street 1 block from the Hay River, this classic hotel is 3.7 km from Hay River Airport and 5.6 km from the south shore of Great Slave ... Low-key, modern rooms provide WiFi access, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers.
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Coast Fraser Tower
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Yellowknife
Country: Canada
With views of Great Slave Lake, this casual all-suite hotel is 1 km from the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre museum and 5 km from Fred Henne Territorial Park.
Best Western Plus Mirage Hotel
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: High Level
Country: Canada
Off Mackenzie Highway, this straightforward hotel is 1.5 km from the Mackenzie Crossroads Museum & Visitors Centre and 1.9 km from High Level Airport.
Sandman Hotel
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Grande Prairie
Country: Canada
This modern hotel is a 3-minute walk from Revolution Place arena, and 1.6 km from the Grande Prairie Museum and Heritage Village. Modern, relaxed rooms feature free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers and ... TVs, as well as seating areas.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
01. What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?
Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.
02. Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?
Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.
03. How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website. A non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
04. What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Should you need to cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing, by letter, e-mail, or by fax immediately. Deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 90 days prior to tour departure date, the deposit is transferable to any other tour taken within 12 months of the original tour start date, minus a per person transfer fee (some tours have a 100% nonrefundable/ nontransferable deposit; you will be informed of this at the time of booking). Less than 90 days prior to departure, all monies paid are 100% non-refundable, nontransferable. Name changes are not permitted. Insurable risks may be covered under trip cancellation insurance policies, if purchased. We will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements—voluntarily missed meals, sightseeing, transport, etc—after the trip has commenced, or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary for whatever reason. All air tickets are non-refundable and valid only for the flight(s) indicated. We may cancel departures if forced to do so by circumstances such as war, civil or political unrest or what is commonly referred to as force majeure. In these instances we will refund all passengers in full if cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to tour start date. If cancellation occurs within the 60 day period, we will offer to postpone your trip to another departure of the same tour code within 12 months of the original tour start date; or, if circumstances do not permit, an alternative will be offered at that time. We will not be responsible for costs associated with re-issuance or extension of visas, airline change fees, or for any compensation. We strongly recommend that all travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance, either through Adventures Abroad or elsewhere, as this may provide coverage under such circumstances. If we cancel your tour due to insufficient enrolment, we will endeavour to find an alternative tour for you. If this is not acceptable, all monies paid will be refunded in full and will constitute full settlement. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred, such as visas, vaccinations, independently purchase airfare, or any compensation. Notice of cancellation due to insufficient enrolment in any program will be given approximately 60 days prior to departure.
05. I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
06. Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").


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