BEST VALUE AURORA VIEWING | WILDLIFE & HOT SPRINGS- 4 days
On our Best Value Aurora Viewing tour, you’ll discover scenic Whitehorse, the Yukon’s capital;
surrounded by endless mountains. On successive evenings, you’ll travel just outside the city
Centre, but far enough from the city lights to an idyllic Northern Lights viewing location, the
Aurora Centre. The evenings will feature relaxing Northern Lights viewing beside a cozy wood
stove or roaring campfire, the perfect way to enjoy your relaxed vacation. You will visit the
Yukon Wildlife Preserve where you’ll have the opportunity to view and photograph wildlife in
its natural habitat. To cap of a great day, we’ll travel to the nearby Takhini Hot springs. On free
days you can choose from optional winter sightseeing, shopping and touring in and around the
Transfer to your hotel located in the heart of the city, not far from the banks of the Yukon River.
Whitehorse is small and easy to explore on foot or by vehicle. Later in the evening we set out to
the Aurora Centre where we’ll seek the sight of northern lights. Overnight Hotel in Whitehorse
In the late morning you will discover the sights of Whitehorse, historic and yet trendy, on a city
tour with character. Visit the SS Klondike National Historic Site; among the last of the great
paddle wheelers that plied the Yukon River system until the 1950’s, the Old Log Church; the
oldest building in Whitehorse, the unique Log Cabin Skyscraper; a three-story tower made
completely out of logs. And when you’ve seen all these top sites, Main Street is perfect for
strolling and shopping with its shop’s galleries and café’s. We will visit the Yukon Wildlife
Preserve for close views of many of the Yukon’s large mammal species including elk, moose,
mule deer, caribou, Dall’s sheep, mountain goats, bison and even the musk-ox of the high
Arctic, all in their natural surroundings. Not far from the preserve is Takhini Hot springs where
you can indulge yourself in the natural hotsprings and relax in a breathtaking summer mountain
setting. After a relaxed dinner in Whitehorse, you’ll be back on the road again, this time to seek
views of the stunning Northern Lights. Relax in sheltered comfort, or under the starry sky beside a warm fire at one of our tailor-made aurora viewing locations. Overnight Hotel in
Day free for optional sightseeing and touring. * In the winter season you have the option to try
one of the many Yukon winter activities. You’ll get the chance to experience Jack London’s
Yukon while experiencing the region’s most popular sport, dog sledding! After a detailed safety
briefing and hooking up the dogs, you’ll soon be on your way along the shores of a frozen alpine
lake, surrounded by snowy mountains. Buck and White Fang will spring to mind as you feel the
power and endurance of the loveable Alaskan huskies, with their steamy breath curling above
their ears and the hiss of the sled whisking over the trail. * In the summer/fall season you have
the option to experience the beautiful scenery of Kluane National Park or the stunning vista of
White Pass on the way to Skagway on one of the available day tours. Later in the evening we
set out once more to the Aurora Centre where we’ll seek the sight of northern lights. Overnight
Hotel in Whitehorse.
Transfer to the airport.
NORTHERN LIGHTS ECO ESCAPE- 3 days
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, is one of the best places in the world for viewing the
northern lights. Not only is it directly under the auroral oval (so you are right under the lights as
opposed to seeing them on the horizon), but it is mostly flat, providing unobstructed views of
the dancing colours above. The eco-lodge is accessible only by bush flight (included in the
package) and therefore far away from city lights. Combine all of this with very little
precipitation year-round and nearly every night offers the ultimate opportunity to catch one of
the world’s most breathtaking natural performances. The lodge itself runs primarily on solar
and wind power, has a greenhouse and garden producing fresh vegetables in season, initiated a
fish management program to maintain a healthy stock of fish, follows a strict recycling and
composting program, and engages with the local community through multiple projects and
partnerships. Late summer and autumn stays include activity options such as paddling, hiking,
swimming, yoga, boating, and local handicraft workshops. In the winter, try your hand at
igloo/quinzhee building, snowshoeing, skating, skiing, or even fat biking! Or simply enjoy the
open sky views from your room, lounge deck, or hot tub.
BUSH FLIGHT FROM YELLOWKNIFE TO LODGE
You will need to make your own way to the float plan base in Yellowknife this morning (exact
time and location/directions will be provided closer to departure). Your flight will take
approximately 30 minutes from the time you take off in Yellowknife, to landing at the lodge.
Along the way you can see the vast shore of Yellowknife Bay on your right and a series of fingerlike
lakes on the left – Jennejohn, Harding, Hearne, Watta and finally Blachford. See how the
glaciers carved the landscape. Here and there, you can spot a small camp, a river, rapids, or a
waterfall. As you travel, at about 1600m, you get a bird’s eye view of the land. Watch for moose
and bear which can both be visible from above. Upon arrival at the lodge you will have a guest
orientation and get to know the beautiful site around you. Tonight, is your first opportunity to
view the spectacular Aurora Borealis!
SEASONAL ACTIVITIES AND AURORA VIEWING
The day is yours to explore the area as you wish. Please refer to ‘A Typical Day’ on the details of
the Trip Notes for potential activities based on the time of year. Be as active or as relaxed as
you like – enjoy the hot tub or sauna, lounge in the library, venture out onto the lake or trails, or
partake in a guided experience – then enjoy a delectable dinner before the nightly routine of
keeping your eyes on the skies!
FREE MORNING THEN AFTERNOON FLIGHT TO YELLOW KNIFE
Enjoy a full morning at the lodge, then head back down to the lake after lunch where you’ll
board your scenic bush plane back to Yellowknife, returning around 11:45am, allowing time to
connect out of Yellowknife at 13:55 or later.
NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR + FLIGHT TO YUKON-4 days
Experience the wild beauty of Yukon and the glow of the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) on
this 4-day tour to Whitehorse from Vancouver, with round-trip airfare included. Roar off into
the wilderness on a snowmobile and try your hand at ice fishing with a guide. Run with the
huskies on an optional dog-sledding tour, and every day, relish view of the Yukon’s mountains,
lakes and forests. From your luxury lakeside accommodation, witness the brilliant colors roping
across the night sky. Your trip includes a tour of Whitehorse and daily meals made with local
VANCOUVER TO WHITEHORSE
• Fly to Whitehorse
• You will be picked up at the airport by your friendly Yukon guide at the
airport in Whitehorse
• City tour of Whitehorse
• Check-in at the Inn on the Lake Hotel and
receive your Arctic winter clothes
• Dinner (included)
• Evening free at leisure with the option
to watch the Northern Lights directly outside of your lodge
• Breakfast (included)
• Introduction to snowmobile with professional guide on Marsh Lake
Enjoy and ice fishing adventure while your guide starts the camp fire • Enjoy a delicious lunch in
a beautiful mountain setting (included)
• Dinner (included)
• Free time to enjoy the hotel’s
facilities including sauna, hot tub, solarium and fire place
• Evening free at leisure with the
option to watch the Northern Lights directly outside of your lodge
• Breakfast (included)
• Enjoy one or more of the complimentary activities (choose from
snowshoeing and/or tobogganing)
• Lunch (included)
• Dinner (included
• Evening free at
leisure with the option to watch the Northern Lights directly outside of your lodge
WHITEHORSE TO VANCOUVER
• Morning free at leisure
• Transfer to the airport to depart on a 5:00pm
flight returning to Vancouver
Ottawa city tour- 48 Hours
The city’s heart includes Parliament, majestic monuments, museums, food and fun. You can take a
leisurely stroll through the Capital’s most significant attractions, landmarks, and sights — while other
key destinations are only a short drive away. Art, history, innovation, architecture, and beauty — this
48-hour itinerary will take you to all the must-see sights in Canada’s Capital. This is your essential guide
10:00 a.m.(Departure).: Ottawa is the capital of Canada and Parliament Hill is the heart of Ottawa, the
perfect place to begin your tour. Known locally as ‘The Hill’, Canada’s seat of government is located
inside the grand, neo-Gothic building. Learn about its history, function, and art on a guided tour, and
take an optional elevator ride up to the observation deck of the Peace Tower — a perch that gives
visitors a bird’s-eye view of the city. Save some time for a stroll around The Hill, making sure to gaze
upwards at the fantastic stonework that includes gargoyles, grotesques, and friezes, as well as more
than a dozen statues around the grounds. They include many of Canada’s prime ministers, and
monuments such as The Famous Five, a bronze depiction of those who fought to have women declared
as persons in 1929!
11:00 a.m.: Kitty-corner to Parliament Hill is Confederation Square, which is dominated by the National
War Memorial, a granite and bronze depiction of a procession of soldiers frozen in their march through
an arch from war to peacetime. At the base of this memorial is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,
which holds the remains of an unidentified Canadian solider who died at Vimy Ridge — a key battle in
which Canadians particularly distinguished themselves in France during the First World War.
11:30 a.m.: Adjacent to the memorial is the Rideau Canal. It’s difficult to imagine what Ottawa would
look like without this UNESCO World Heritage site. In its absence, this area of the province would likely
be a defunct logging town cradling the confluence of the Ottawa, Rideau, and Gatineau rivers. Against all
odds, this 202-kilometre (125 mile) engineering marvel, which snakes its way through the core of the
city, was completed in 1832 by Colonel John By and has since become a magnet for boaters, kayakers,
canoeists, boat cruises, and especially ice skaters in the winter who delight in gliding upon the surface of
the world’s largest skating rink. Watercraft and skates are available for rent, when in-season, from a
pavilion on Dow’s Lake. Alongside the descending locks of the canal is a 19th century stone building
that’s home to the Bytown Museum, which, through its historical artifacts and artworks, retells the
history of Bytown, the original name of Ottawa. Opposite the museum is the majestic Fairmont Château
Laurier. Built in 1912, it is one of several castle-like hotels built across Canada and once linked by the
Grand Trunk Railway. It’s architecture and archival photographs throughout the lobby give visitors a
sense of what Ottawa looked like in the early 20th century. Return in the afternoon for tea in the hotel’s
glassed-in lounge, Zoë’s Lounge.
Noon: Around the corner from the Chateau Laurier is the ByWard Market district, a pedestrian- friendly
market area, ringed by restaurants, shops, and outdoor vendors year-round, and centered around the
historic ByWard Market Square building where you’ll find an array of artisan wares along with a
smorgasbord of international cuisine on offer. Enjoy the throngs or wander to Jeanne d’Arc courtyard to
escape the bustle — a quiet place to eat some takeout, although it does have a dancing bear sculpture!
by ward market District Northern lights on parliament hill National war memorial photo: james peltzer
1:30 p.m.: A giant spider and the glassed-in ‘steeple’ of the National Gallery of Canada can be seen from
the north-western edge of the Market. Designed by Canada’s prominent architect, Moshe Safdie, the
church-shaped, glass enclosure features some of the best examples of Canada’s historical and
contemporary artwork, as well as photography. Getting in, however, requires overcoming
arachnophobia, since its entrance is guarded by Maman, a gargantuan bronze spider sculpture on the
Evening (Finish): For a variety of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, head to the historic Glebe
neighborhood. Down the road is Lansdowne, a newly developed pedestrian-friendly space with
expansive restaurants and movie theatres, while the adjacent TD Place, home of the Ottawa
Redblacks and Ottawa Fury, regularly presents major sporting and entertainment events. Or try your
luck across the Ottawa River at Casino du Lac-Leamy: its restaurant, Banco Bistro, is renowned for
authentic French cuisine. Then dance the night away inside Aléa, the Casino’s exciting and immersive
10:00 a.m.: Just across the Ottawa River, opposite Parliament Hill, is an architecturally stunning building
that, with its organic contours and shapes, evokes images of Aboriginal longhouses, earth lodges, and
igloos. The Canadian Museum of History is dedicated to showcasing the land’s engaging, diverse history.
Inside, children can also grab a passport and travel around the world in the highly interactive and kidfriendly
Children’s Museum, or if soaring through canyons or swimming with sharks is more your thing,
the museum’s CINÉ+ theatre has regular showings.
1:00 p.m.: The Québec side of the river boasts the area’s largest wildlife area, filled with miles of trails,
lakes, and rolling hills. Gatineau Park welcomes visitors year-round, with an abundance of seasonal
activities to take part in — and its only minutes from downtown Ottawa! Seeking to relax at the end of
your time inside the park? Nordik Spa-Nature is the largest outdoor spa in North America and its
proximity to the park means that many of its hot and cold pools, and steam and sauna rooms are
nestled among trees and natural outcroppings. It’s open year-round.
Alternatively, you could head a little way west from Ottawa and partake in an underground, indoor
experience unlike any other. Concealed under a hill near the town of Carp lies the Diefenbunker:
Canada’s Cold War Museum, Canada’s Cold War bunker. Built in the 1950s in case of a nuclear attack, its
four subterranean floors give visitors a glimpse into what might have been if cooler heads had not
prevailed! It’s also open daily, year-round.
3:30 p.m.: Return to the city and visit one of Ottawa’s most unique and happening shopping districts.
The neighbourhoods of Hintonburg, Wellington West, and Westboro are three areas connected by a
single road, making it easy to stroll from eclectic boutiques, galleries, and cafes. As night falls, stay and
enjoy the variety of Canadian and international cuisine on offer from some of the city’s most skilled
Evening: There is always something to see at the National Arts Centre, whether it’s a score played by its
renowned orchestra, theatre productions in either English or French, or a captivating dance, opera, or
modern musical performance. Or, for a more ghostly experience, take The Haunted Walk Tour, which
visits Ottawa’s most ghoulish places, including the old Carleton County Jail (now a hostel) where the
assassin of one of Canada’s earliest politicians was hanged!
Ottawa city tour- 3 days 2 nights
We will depart from Toronto in the morning for Kingston. Upon arrival guests would visit the Kingston
City Hall, the Royal Military College, and the famous Queen’s University. After lunch, we will arrive and
take a city tour in the capital city of Ottawa, where our day will be spent seeing the city’s sights. First
stop at Parliament Hill to takes photos and visit the Canadian Museum of Civilization, followed by taking an exclusive arrangement to take the Ottawa [Capital] Cruise. Then, we will visit Sussex Drive where a
number of embassies are located as well as the Canadian Prime Minister’s home and Rideau Hall. At last
head to Montreal, QC for the night.
This half-day getaway begins in downtown Halifax where you climb aboard an air-conditioned
motorcoach for the drive west to Peggy’s Cove, one of Nova Scotia’s most beautiful destinations. Along
the way, enjoy a detailed commentary from the friendly and knowledgeable guide about what to expect
and look for in Peggy’s Cove. Upon arrival, take a self-guided tour of this serene fishing community.
Browse the small, locally-owned gift stores, galleries and craft shops, featuring Canadian and Nova
Scotian artists. Enjoy some fresh Nova Scotia seafood at one of the many restaurants or cafes (own
expense). Walk along the seawall and enjoy the sight of scenic St. Margaret’s Bay and the rugged
Atlantic coast. For the adventurous, there are hiking trails, kayaking adventures, whale watching, birding
activities, plus fishing, golfing and more. Without question, don’t miss the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse. Not
only is it one of the busiest tourist attractions in Nova Scotia, but it’s also one of the most popular and
most photographed lighthouses in the entire world. The tour concludes with a return trip to Halifax.
Today we will tour Montreal, QC, visiting St. Joseph’s Oratory and Notre Dame Basilica, before heading
to Montreal Biodome. Then, we will arrive at the Olympic Park in Montreal and take an optional tour
there to visit Olympic Tower. We will also visit Ice Hotel (only in winter). We’ll next travel to the Olympic
Stadium “The Big O”. After lunch, we will head to historic Quebec City, where we will take in a
panoramic view of the city from the Quebec tower. Then explore Old Quebec City. In the evening, we
will enjoy a delicious French-style dinner.
Departing from Quebec City in the morning, our journey will take us to the Thousand Islands region,
where we will take a cruise. You will see the historic Bold Castle on Heart Island too. Then, we will return
to Toronto, where this tour will come to an end. Please see “Departure and Return” for more detailed
information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.
Old Carlton county jail-75 to 90 minutes
Ghosts and the Gallows – Haunted Jail Tour (Year-Round)
Are you brave enough to venture inside the old Carleton County Jail, one of the most haunted buildings
in North America? Tour the cellblocks where inmates of all kinds were once imprisoned. Retrace the
final footsteps of the condemned as you walk from Death Row to the last working gallows in Canada. In
1869, was an innocent man executed for the murder of Thomas D’Arcy McGee, a popular Canadian
politician? Does he still haunt the hallways of the jail to this day? You will be the jury. Hear the evidence,
experience the jail and then then decide for yourself!
Departure Location: Haunted Walk Ticket Office, 46 1/2 Sparks Street
75 to 90 minutes
Ottawa city tour-24 hours
9:30 AM| VISIT PARLIAMENT HILL
Make Parliament Hill your very first stop! Home to the federal government, Parliament Hill is the
political heart of the nation. The Parliament Buildings are gothic revival style structures that sit atop of
the Hill overlooking the Ottawa River.
The complex consists of the Centre Block, which houses the Senate, House of Commons and Library of
Parliament, along with the East and West blocks on each side.
11 AM| Join a Guided Tour at Supreme Court of Canada
Located right beside the Parliament Buildings is the Supreme Court of Canada. Not sure what exactly to
see there? Join one of the daily tours (offered in English and French) which will help you understand the
operation of the Canadian judicial system!
Noon| Brunch on the Hill (Option 1)
How about brunching on the Parliament Hill? Sure, that will certainly make a memorable experience!
HOWEVER, it is only possible if you visit on a Friday AND if you are invited by a very important person in
the Parliament (e.g., Member of Parliament).
Lucky us, dining at the Parliament was a dream come true, thanks to Mr. Darshan Singh Kang, the
current MP representing Calgary Skyview Alberta! The brunch is served in buffet-style. At a cost of
only $17.50 pp, you can enjoy a variety of fresh salads, meats, seafood selection, vegetarian dishes!
2 PM| A Quick Stop at Notre-Dame Cathedral
Just a few blocks away from the ByWard Market is the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the largest and oldest
standing church in Ottawa. You will be astounded by its Neo-Gothic style and the richness of its
ornamentation. The soaring arches, dazzling combination of blue and gold, terraced galleries and
stained-glass windows will leave you with your jaw dropped. No wonder it was designated a national
historic site of Canada in 1990!
3 PM| Bike Ride Along the Rideau Canal
Get ready for some action! The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular
destination in Ottawa, consisting of a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers, and canals winding 202 km from
Kingston to Ottawa.
The best way to see the canal is through biking! Rent a bike from RentABike under the Plaza Bridge and
start your trip from Ottawa Locks, which consists of a flight of 8 locks framed by Canada’s Parliament
buildings on one side and the impressive Chateau Laurier hotel on the other. Then, ride south along the
canal towards Dows Lake Pavilion. On the way, you will get a spectacular view of the Ottawa and pass
by a few landmarks, including Aberdeen Pavilion (where outdoor Farmers’ Market is held in the
summer), TD Place at Lansdowne, and Dows Lake (where the main Tulip Festival events are taken
6 PM| Dinner at Signatures
Conclude the evening with a truly unique culinary experience at Signatures! The fine-dining restaurant
offers contemporary, innovative French cuisine prepared by world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu Master
Chefs. Dining in a Tudor Revival-style mansion and enjoying beautifully plated French fare in a modern,
refined atmosphere, your night at Signatures will not disappoint!