North of 60 Photography Tour - March 8 - 14, 2019

Come join us in Yellowknife - otherwise known as the Aurora Capital of the world for a whirlwind jam packed photographic tour where you will experience northern culture first hand including the mesmerizing Aurora Borealis that lights up the sky, aboriginal culture and way of life, the freshest fish ever, dog sledding, driving on North America's deepest lake via an Ice Road.  Sure it can be cold but the snow just adds to the magic. With a six night stay the chances of witnessing the spectacular beauty of the northern lights are extremely high. 

 

Itinerary (Subject to change) 

Friday March 8th  - Arrive in Yellowknife

Shuttle to the Chateau Nova Hotel and check-in.

After a brief orientation and meet and greet, we will head out to explore Old Town and then make our way to Bullock's Bistro for dinner.   Bullock's Bistro has been serving up fresh (and I mean fresh) fish and chips for over 25 years with a unique northern vibe.  

Around 9pm we will be picked up from our hotel for our first night of Aurora viewing at a remote yet well equiped lakeside cabin in the woods.  Hot drinks and sweets will be served. 

Saturday - March 9th

We will make our way to Great Slave Lake and the Snowcastle around noon to take in some festivities and then explore the Houseboats on Great Slave Lake before heading back over to explore Old Town and the Pilot's monument.

Dinner 

We will party at the Snowcastle with Aurora viewing on Great Slave Lake.  

Sunday - March 10th

We can sleep in a bit in the morning, enjoy a nice breakfast and then head out for afternoon of dog sledding.  

Dinner at the Explorer Hotel

In the evening, we will be picked up at our hotel for a night of Aurora Viewing at Aurora Village.  

Monday - March 11th

We will then hop on board a vintage Bombardier to go Ice Fishing on Great Slave Lake followed by a lake-to-plate dining experience and all you can eat fish fry.

We will then hike across Great Slave Lake to the NWT's Woodyard for some craft beer and nachos.

We will be transported to a heated cabin half an hour out of town to spend the evening among the Dene with Northern Lights, story telling and drumming.

Tuesday - March 12th

Hike to the IceFalls.

Dinner TBD

On this evening we will be actively chasing the Aurora by going to some choice spots on the Ingraham Trail.

Wednesday - March 13th

We will do a recap of our tour where each participant will submit their best images for viewing and discussion. 

Dinner TBD

We will be picked up from our hotel for our first night of Aurora viewing at a remote yet well equiped lakeside cabin in the woods.  Hot drinks and sweets will be served. 

Thursday - March 14th

On our final morning, for those who would like, we will visit the NWT Legislative Assembly and enjoy lunch at the Museum Cafe before heading to the airport for our evening flight home.  

Accommodation

 Luxury accommodations at the new Chateau Nova Hotel.  

Luxury accommodations at the new Chateau Nova Hotel.  

We will stay at the Chateau Nova Hotel in Yellowknife.  It is a brand new, full service hotel with great amenities including a fitness centre, steam room, sauna and Quarry Restaurant and Lounge. 

Meals

All dinners are included.  We will be eating at some of the finest dining establishments including the legendary Bullock's Bistro.

What's Included?

Six nights accommodation at the luxurious Chateau Nova Hotel.

Airport transfers to and from our hotel.

Local guides and shuttle service when needed. 

Dinner each night

Six nights of Aurora viewing and photography instruction:

  • 2 nights in Cabin on Ingraham Trail 
  • 1 night on Great Slave Lake at the Snowcastle
  • 1 night at Aurora Village
  • 1 night at an Aboriginal Adventure camp
  • 1 night Aurora chasing 

Entrance fees into the Snowcastle on Saturday and live music entertainment in the Snowcastle Saturday night. 

Ice Fishing tour - From Lake to plate and all you can eat fish lunch

Dog Sledding

Hike to Ice Falls

Indigenous Cultural Tour

Personalized photography instruction to ensure you go home with great photos.

Aurora Heat - Natural Fur warmers

Not Included

Airfare

Breakfast, lunch and drinks

Trip Insurance and Medical Insurance 

Winter clothing rental - Unless you have your own Canada Goose or equivalent parka rated for temperatures below -30C, it is necessary to rent winter clothing.  A link to reputable supplier will be provided.   

Number of Participants

This trip is designed to be a small group adventure with 4-6 participants only so that I will be able to provide each participant with personalized instruction and help when needed.  If the minimum number is not reached by January 18th, 2019 the trip may be cancelled and deposits refunded. 

Cost and Payment terms

Cost  $3595 per person based on double occupancy plus applicable taxes.

700.00 Single supplement

 $750 non-refundable deposit to hold your space.  The balance is due January 18th, 2019.  

Cancellation policy: Registration is non-refundable but can be transferred. This means that if a participant is unable to make it, but can find someone else to take their spot, this is acceptable.

Dyanne Wilson Photography will not be held responsible for any personal injuries or mishaps during the tour.   Medical insurance is highly recommended. 

 

 

Kind Words

"We are still exhilarated from our Yellowknife tour with Dyanne. Every aspect of the trip met or exceeded our expectations. 
Dyanne is a well organized and lovely woman with an amazing talent for photography. We took this tour because we wanted to experience Yellowknife with someone who knew the city inside out. Because Dyanne lived there for two years she has many contacts and a wealth of knowledge that we were able to benefit from. We prefer a small group local experience when we travel, so this trip absolutely met that criteria. It was great to not have to organize a thing. 
We thoroughly enjoyed the Snow Castle opening, walking around Old Town, Bullocks Bistro, going out ice fishing in a vintage bombardier and then eating the catch, dog sledding and sliding at Aurora Village, aurora viewing at a private cabin on a lake and tours of the Legislature Assembly Building and Prince of Wales Museum. 
The complimentary Aurora Heat sheared beaver hand warmers were a nice souvenir and helped to keep us toasty warm. 
Dyanne’s patience and expertise with photography helped me achieve amazing photos that I could not have shot on my own. I learnt so much about photography and feel much more comfortable using manual settings on my camera thanks to Dyanne.
We travel considerably and this trip rates up there as one of the best!"  - Mary Anne and Marty

*****

"I toured with them two years ago and had the time of my life, it was a great time. All the things that she has listed except for the dogsledding I have done up there. 

I would make the trip just to go to Bullock‘s bistro and have white fish every day such a cool place unbelievable food the fish that they serve hasn’t been out of the water for more than a couple of hours so you can imagine the taste, photographing the northern lights takes your breath away, we drove down the highway one day looking for Woodland bison and finally saw them but even better was the fox that was crossing the road that I got amazing photos of.

I give it 6 stars out of 5!" - Peter