Drum Lake Cultural Experiencefrom
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Season: July 01 to August 30
Live and learn the Dene Culture!
Have you always wanted to learn more about your Indigenous heritage, learn more about your Indigenous culture? If so, then our Drum Lake Culture Camp could be what you have been looking for!
All you need to do is get yourself to Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories. We will all meet there, this is where your Drum Lake Culture Camp adventure begins. After a meet and greet and trip orientation session, the rest of the evening is yours to explore and enjoy Yellowknife.
For the next 7 days and 6 nights you will experience traditional Indigenous camp life in the Mackenzie Mountains, home to the Sahtugotine Dene of the Dene Nation here in the Northwest Territories. Also, home to some spectacular northern wilderness scenery, fishing and wildlife.
In addition, you will learn and experience our Indigenous culture on each day of the trip. Our Indigenous guides will teach you about some of our customs, tell you stories about the old days. They will teach about our special relationships with the land and most importantly, help you learn more about yourself and help you understand your Indigenous roots.
If you are looking to learn more about our Indigenous heritage, experience genuine Indigenous experiences, on the land with local Indigenous guides and and enjoy pristine, untouched northern Canada wilderness, then this culture camp is for you.
Only 10 departures dates, first trip of the 2023 summer season departs Yellowknife June 29, with our last trip of the season departing Yellowknife August 23.
Package Dates: 2023
DLC23-01: June 28 – July 06
DLC23-02: July 05 – July 13
DLC23-03: July 12 – July 20
DLC23-04: July 19 – July 27
DLC23-05: July 26 – August 03
DLC23-06: August 02 – August 10
DLC23-07: August 09 – August 17
DLC23-09: August 16 – August 24
DLC23-10: August 23 – August 31
Price: Starts $9995.00*+GST/person
10 persons per booking
*based on double occupancy
- Free airport shuttle to hotel
- Indigenous guides
- Genuine Indigenous culture
- Experience Dene life on the land
- Daily Indigenous activities
- Storytelling with Dene Elders
- 2 nights hotel in Yellowknife
- Experience 24hr daylight phenomenon!
- Experience amazing Aurora Borealis!
- Northern wildlife game bird viewing
- Amazing photography opportunities!
- All river meals and snacks provided
- Wrap up group dinner in Yellowknife
- Return airfare to Yellowknife
- Travel Insurance
- North Star Memory Package
- North Star Souvenir Package
Return airfare and optional Day Tours can be added to your package, subject to availability. Flights can also be arranged from Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto. Send us an email and our kind and courteous staff will be happy by to assist you with your Package options.
We hope to see you soon! 🙂
Welcome to Yellowknife!
Welcome to Yellowknife! Our staff will greet you to your hotel. After all guests arrive into Yellowknife we will hold an orientation session about your trip, meet other guests and meet your guides. We will be available to drive members of the group to the world famous Bullock’s Bistro Restaurant for delicious local fish. After dinner, we will bring you back to the hotel where the the evening is yours to enjoy.
Road trip to Fort Simpson, our starting point
After an early breakfast we start our 650km road trip to Fort Simpson! Along the way we will see the world’s biggest wild buffalo and have lunch in Fort Providence and then take a short drive into the community for some cool photos. Afterwards, we’re back on the road to our destination of Fort Simpson (pop. 1500). Upon arrival, we’ll set up our tents in the local campground and prepare a delicious bbq meal. After dinner we will go over tomorrow’s plan for our first day on the river.
We start our canoe journey on the mighty Mackenzie River!
After an early breakfast, and after a brief orientation to the day’s plans and last minute safety check, we’re on the Mackenzie River! Depending on the time we will have a shore lunch. Enjoy your first day canoeing and paddling on the mighty Mackenzie River! We’re either have a shore lunch or we will ”raft” up the canoes together and have lunch as we float down the river. After about 6hrs on the river, we reach our first overnight camping spot and set up camp and then it’s dinner time. Our Indigenous guides will share stories about our Culture. What a great way to spend the day, canoeing and camping on the longest river in Canada!
Day 4, 5, 6
Canoeing, camping and genuine Indigenous culture on the mighty Mackenzie River!
The next 3 days and nights we continue our canoe journey following in the footsteps of our ancestors and that of Sir Alexander Mackenzie, who paddled this same route over 230 years ago! Early morning breakfasts, stopping at stops here and there along the way, “raft” the canoes together for a relaxing lunch floating on the river, take some time to yourself and reflect on your journey then sit around the campfire to share stories, and listen to our Indigenous guides talk about life on the land today and in the old days. Enjoy your soothing chamomile tea and then crawl into your tent for a good night’s sleep, out under the stars on the shores of the mighty Mackenzie River!
We drive back to Fort Simpson, back to civilization and dinner with a local Indigenous family!
After another relaxing evening on the river, and another delicious breakfast, our North Star vehicles will arrive shortly after lunch to pick up the group. After a late breakfast (you get to sleep in on this morning!), we pack up all the canoe and camping gear and wait for the vehicles to arrive. Then once loaded, we’re back on the road to Fort Simpson where we will spend a relaxing last night at the campgrounds. We will have a traditional cookout meal with a local Indigenous family with delicious foods.
Enjoy a scenic and relaxing road trip back to Yellowknife, ending off the trip with a delicious group dinner!
After an early hearty breakfast, we hit the road back to Yellowknife. Crossing the Dehcho Bridge over the Mackenzie River, the same River you just spent the last 6 days on! We’ll the world’s biggest buffalo one last time as we arrive into Yellowknife late afternoon, we will check you into your hotel and we will all meet for a delicious, well deserved wrap up dinner. We will all reminisce about your last 6 days, canoeing and camping on the Mackenzie River and learning more about our Indigenous culture and your Indigenous roots, you did it!! Thank you for choosing North Star Adventures!
- All meals discreetly arranged
- North Star Photo & Video Memory Package