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3 Day Guided Snowmobile Ice and Exploration Adventure in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Blachford Lake Lodge, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories X1A 2P2, Canada

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Are you a Yellowknife resident with your own snowmobile looking to explore Blachford for the weekend or stop in for lunch? The options don't stop at snowmobiling either, as you can choose other adventures! On this tour, you will have a chance to discover the beautiful Great Slave Lake on snow!

Key information

  • Terrain: snow
  • Bike: personal snowmobile
  • Mileage: 100 kilometers / 62 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmet with visor or goggles
  • Meals: all meals

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Yellowknife
  • Exciting bush-plane flight from Yellowknife
  • Enjoy the beauty and majesty of Great Slave Lake
  • See an old geologist’s cabin and the remains of the ‘Rex Cafe’
  • Pass the abandoned Destafanny Gold Mine and a mineral exploration camp
  • Discover the incredible ice pressure ridges
  • Head over to Blanchet Island
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


1 riding day
Airport transfer included: Yellowknife Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Special menu request
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

Blachford Lake Lodge was acquired in 1981 by the current owner, Canadian and long time Yellowknife-resident Mike Freeland, who has been committed throughout to conserving the area’s land, water, and natural resources. Comprising just one cabin initially, Mike has since added four more guest cabins and, in 1999, the custom-designed lodge, built from locally harvested spruce, and incorporating solar panels.

The lodge building is oriented so that the roof overhang and half the windows face south. This provides shade in the summer and heat through the windows in the winter. A tour of the lodge facilities is part of your Blachford stay.

The guest facilities include free wireless internet, hot tub, sauna, and aurora-watch wake-up service. Unusually for a remote lodge accessible from Yellowknife, the main building includes running hot water and showers, as well as comfortable hotel-style toilets.

These log cabins provide a special blend of comfort and adventure, taking you back to the days of the fur-trappers, European pioneers, and indigenous peoples who helped make northern Canada the vibrant, yet still timeless place that it is today.

Program

Your visit to Blachford begins with thrilling step back into Canada’s history: a 20-minute bush-plane flight from Yellowknife, landing on Blachford Lake, in an aircraft equipped with skis in winter, or floats in the summer. Read about the exciting bush-plane flight from Yellowknife.

Covering almost 100 kilometers, this is the ultimate snowmobile tour to view the majesty of North America’s deepest lake, and follow in the footsteps of those who explored this rarely visited region. Follow a series of winding trails and beaver ponds to an old geologist’s cabin and the remains of the ‘Rex Cafe’, a mining camp dating back to the 1930s.

Then, it’s down onto the lake’s East Arm to see the incredible ice pressure ridges. Head over to Blanchet Island: its towering cliffs also drop 600 feet below the water’s surface.

Search the shorelines for prehistoric rocks then head back to the mainland and snuggle into the ‘Hole in the Wall’. This inlet is a haven for boaters in summer and snowmobilers in winter, providing shelter from the frequent high winds of the East Arm.

Warm by a roaring campfire with a hot lunch before making your way back to the lodge, along the north shore of the Great Slave Lake, passing the abandoned Destafanny Gold Mine and a mineral exploration camp.

Skill level required for this tour: intermediate

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

This tour will let you explore the wonderful surroundings of Great Slave Lake in Canada.

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna

General

  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance

Food

Your package includes all meals and snacks; as well as coffee, tea, and juice. Vegetarian or other special dietary meals can be prepared if you inform Blachford Lake Lodge in advance.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Guide
  • Operating instructions
  • Helmet with visor or goggles
  • Gas and oil
  • Flightseeing charter: Yellowknife - Blachford - Yellowknife
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals and snacks
  • Coffee, tea, and juice
  • Housekeeping
  • Welcome orientation
  • Use of hot tub and sauna
  • Handicraft workshop in the lodge
  • Igloo / Quinzhee building (condition dependent)
  • Introduction and hints about aurora photography
  • Use of lodge facilities: Dining room, aurora lounge, fireplaces, northern library, bathrooms with showers, basins and toilets, hot tub, sauna, open decks
  • Use of seasonal equipment (cross country skis, snowshoes, groomed 2-6k trails, fat tire bikes, firepits, skates, ice fishing gear)
  • Basic Wi-Fi package (250 MB/day, additional internet packages available for purchase)
  • Aurora watch service nightly
  • Yoga equipment
  • 2-hour interpretative experience each day
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information

What's not included

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Winter clothing rental (available)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Yellowknife Airport (YZF). The air charter flight is included in the price. When booking your flights in/out of Yellowknife Airport (YZF) please ensure that you arrive into Yellowknife prior to 9 a.m. on your day of departure to the lodge. Charter flights from Yellowknife to the lodge depart at 10 a.m. Flights from the lodge to Yellowknife will have you back in the city around 11 a.m.

Airport: Yellowknife Airport Airport transfer included: Yellowknife Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
3 days / 2 nights
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Friday December 18, 2020
(3 days / 2 nights)

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