Here at Artisan, we research a destination very, very thoroughly before satisfying ourselves that we should feature it as a holiday destination. Canada is a bit of a problem in this respect because it’s so very large and so are its provinces and territories.
We’re slowly working our way through Canada’s northerly territories. Thus far, we’ve managed to cover The Yukon and Manitoba to our satisfaction and we’re sure that our trips to these remarkable territories will leave you as spellbound as we were during our visits.
There can be few places in the world that remain as untouched as Canada’s Yukon Territory. Still most famous for the Gold Rush of the late 19th century, this vast tract of land with its iconic river is an outdoorsy heaven.
The capital, Whitehorse, is the place to start. It doesn’t look like much as you fly in but dig deeper and there is much here to reward. Artisan bakeries, cafés selling superb “cups of Joe” and it all comes with that boardwalk gold rush feel. Further north in Dawson City, it’s as if the gold rush never ended. Close your eyes and imagine the sound of a raucous rabble-rousing emanating from the saloons and the cries echoing across the mighty Yukon River……”There’s gold in the Klondike!”.
Beyond Whitehorse, it’s all about exploring and adventure.
Summer brings some of the best hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities in the Northern Hemisphere while winter brings a whirlwind of excitement in the form of dog sledding, snowmobiling and of course, the ethereal Northern Lights.
Manitoba is all about natural history. This prairies province really starts to deliver once you head from Winnipeg and into polar bear and beluga whale territory.
There are vestiges of Canada’s early trading history at the likes of Prince Wales Fort and along the shoreline of the Hudson Bay but ultimately, it is about the superlative wildlife in the form of the beluga whales and the polar bears. Expert guides will help you find and watch these magnificent animals in their natural environment. To get so close is nothing short of a privilege.