Dehcho Dene Cultural Experiencefrom
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
Season: June 30 to August 31
Learn and experience our Dene culture!
On this journey, you will learn the history of our Dene peoples. See the places, meet the people and travel to our communities and experience genuine Indigenous culture. Meet the leaders and respected Dene Elders, learn about our special connections and relationships with the land. Learn our Dene Laws.
You will learn about the devastating impact of the residential school system and other policies of colonialism and assimilation on our people and our culture. The first Indigenous community you will overnight is home to the first residential school in this area, opened in 1860, over a 160 years ago and we will visit the Memorial, it will be a very tough moment emotionally.
Travel on the mighty Mackenzie River or as we call it in our Dene language, the “dehcho” and visit a traditional culture camp and experience life on the land, enjoy traditional foods and traditional activities like the powerful traditional Dene Hand Games! Back to town after a traditional dinner, we may get lucky and experience our powerful Dene Drum Dance.
Next day we hit the road to visit the tiny Indigenous community of Kakisa (pop. 37) situated on the shores of Kakisa Lake. After lunch and wonderful visit, we will visit Lady Evelyn Falls and then back to Fort Providence.
Next day we are back on the road back to Yellowknife, however we have a special treat for you today as we stop at the community of Behchoko, the largest Indigenous community in the Northwest Territories.
We will visit with a traditional family, a family that has been gifted with making special traditional arts and crafts. They will explain how they make it and the meaning behind what they are doing.
DCE23-01: June 30 – July 06
DCE23-02: July 07 – July 13
DCE23-03: July 14 – July 20
DCE23-04: July 21 – July 27
DCE23-05: July 28 – August 03
DCE23-06: August 04 – August 10
DCE23-07: August 11 – August 17
DCE23-08: August 18 – August 24
DCE23-09: August 25 – August 31
Minimum 8 persons; maximum 16 persons
*based on double occupancy per room
- Free airport shuttle service
- Genuine Indigenous culture
- Experience life in Dene community
- Traditional Indigenous foods
- Meet with respected Dene Elders
- Comfortable hotel in Yellowknife
- Comfortable hotel in community
- All meals and snacks
- See wild Wood Buffalo and game birds
- Return airfare to Yellowknife
- Travel Insurance
- North Star Memory Package
- North Star Souvenir Package
Welcome to Yellowknife!
Welcome to northern Canada! We will greet you at the airport and check you to your hotel. After everyone has checked in, we will all meet for the Tour Package orientation session. Afterwards you have a choice to join our fun and informative Yellowknife Sightseeing City Tour, or just relax and go for a leisurely walk downtown. At 6:00pm we will bring to the scenic Old Town district of Yellowknife for a delicious dinner of local fish at world famous Bullocks’s Bistro! The rest of the evening is free.
The Journey begins, 300kms to Fort Providence!
Drive 300kms to the small, scenic Indigenous community of Fort Providence. Along the way view scenery of the northern Canada landscape and see the world’s biggest wild buffalo! Arriving into the community we will check you into the Snowshoe Inn and then have lunch. After lunch, we will go for a scenic drive to visit the tiny Indigenous community of Kakisa and visit Lady Evelyn Falls. After dinner meet local Indigenous people and stop at the local arts and crafts all their wonderful Indigenous arts and crafts!
Travel on the Mackenzie River, visit the Cultural Camp
After a hearty breakfast, we go for a boat ride on the mighty Mackenzie River, enjoying the scenery of the wilderness to our culture camp. Here you will spend a good part of the day visiting and meeting with local Elders and Knowledge Keepers of the land and hear stories about our culture, hear their personal stories growing up on the river. The of course the local women will cook a delicious traditional dinner, for a fine dining experience on the shores of one of the longest rivers in the world! Then it’s back to Fort Providence for a good nights rest at your hotel. You are reconnecting with the land.
Journey to Fort Simpson, the oldest community on the Mackenzie
Today we continue our journey deeper into the heart of the Deh Cho region. We will drive to the historic community of Fort Simpson, the oldest community on the Mackenzie River, established over 200 years ago as a fur trading centre. You will hear stories about the fur trade and how it has impacted our way of life. You will meet some residents who are still trapping today and selling their fur. Then enjoy a traditional cookout dinner with a local Dene family and her their stories about trying to maintain our way of life in a modern world. We call traditional food, “medicine food”, it’s good for the body and the spirit.
Day tour into the world famous Nahanni National Park!
Fly into Nahanni National Park! Take off from the Mackenzie River in a float plane, soon see the majestic Mackenzie Mountains off in the distance. First stop is the breathtaking Virginia Falls, twice as high as the Niagara Falls! After the Falls, it’s onto beautiful Glacier Lake to see the impressive Cirque de Unclimbables. Finally, you visit one of the most scenic places in the entire Mackenzie Mountain Range, Little Doctor Lake wait until you see this place! See our land, experience our land.
Enjoy a relaxing scenic drive back to Yellowknife!
After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to this wonderful people of Fort Simpson and it’s back on the road back to Yellowknife. Enjoy the ride, get some rest along the way in our comfortable newer vans. We will arrive into Fort Providence just in time for a delicious buffalo burger lunch. Arriving into Yellowknife, check into your hotel and we will all meet for a wonderful evening of fine dining of delicious local foods. Reminisce with the other guests about your Dene Journey!
Wonderful memories of your northern adventure!
After a hearty breakfast it’s time for us to take you to the airport. It was wonderful having you on our tour. Thank you for choosing North Star!