How does a small family-run and independent travel business like ours cover a country as large as Canada?

The simple answer is that we can’t.

Here at Artisan travel, we are taking Canada one province at a time because we are simply not prepared to skimp in order to flood our website with sub-standard holidays.

Thus far, we’ve managed to cover The Yukon, Manitoba and the tiny fraction of British Columbia that is Vancouver. Between them, they represent only a small part of Canada’s vast territories but, we know that we have explored them to their fullest and therefore, done them justice.

Based on our extensive research we have created, what we believe, are the perfect Yukon and Manitoba trips, but there is always flexibility. We have an extensive network of partners, especially in The Yukon and will be delighted to tailor-make your perfect holiday. Simply contact our Travel Experts who will be more than happy to work with you to design your perfect holiday.

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Two Very Different Seasons

Long winters and short summers mean that there can sometimes only be a short window to travel to The Yukon and Manitoba, in particular.

August is the time to partake in one of Mother Nature’s greatest wildlife adventures. This is when beluga whales return to the Churchill River. Not only can you kayak on the river surrounded by beluga but you can even snorkel with them too and our Product Manager, Kat writes about the sheer thrill of swimming with whales in her blog. That is on top of the fact that you will be in prime polar bear territory and our holiday incorporates a remote lodge where experts will guide you as you witness wild polar bears in their natural habitat.

The Yukon in winter is a very, very different proposition from the Yukon in summer but both periods hold an altogether enticing allure and we cover them equally.

In winter, the landscape is blanketed in snow and, for the uninitiated, it can be a daunting place. That is why we ensure that our guests travel with expert wilderness guides on dog sled safaris, snowmobile trips and those all-important Aurora hunting missions, which are part of our Winter at the Lodge and Winter Retreat holidays. Flying to a remote lodge (only accessible by air) really provides a sense of the Yukon’s sheer size as you cross vast tracts of winter-white wilderness. It’s a harsh environment but stunningly attractive.

The Yukon comes back to life during the summer months. There are many rivers which are too easily described as being “Mighty” but, we make no apologies for applying it to The Yukon.

Even the Mighty Yukon - See? No apology! - freezes in winter but the spring break-up opens the water channels and allows for one of the most life-affirming adventures we have ever encountered. Dreamers, explorers and adventurers should apply here to join a 320km canoe trip down the Yukon as it winds its way from Whitehorse to Carmacks.

Summer brings long days and a rapid growing season which sees flora and fauna abound. Almost overnight, national parks such as Kluane and Tombstone are suddenly rich with wildlife and vegetation. The Yukon in summer is a nature lover’s paradise so where better to look for grizzly and black bears as well as moose, eagles and caribou? 

Highlights of Our Holidays

We always like to write a few short paragraphs about our own favourite experiences in the destinations we feature. Manitoba, The Yukon and Vancouver pose a slight problem as we have simply done and seen so much in these places. So, for the sake of brevity here are a few of our most memorable Canadian moments.

Imagine swimming with beluga whales! Manitoba is the ultimate in wildlife destinations and to kayak or swim with whales and then fly to a remote lodge for a few days of polar bear watching, really takes some beating.

There’s a magic to The Yukon. Towns like Whitehorse and Dawson City hail back to the last great gold rush which witnessed a horde of humanity sweep north in search of untold riches. The 1897 Gold Rush only lasted a couple of years but its legacy lives on to this day.

What better way to recreate the pioneering spirit of the gold rush era than during an adventurous 6-day canoe trip? Imagine making camp by the river and sitting around a campfire under a star-filled sky. It’s like being transported back in time.

Travelling to a remote lodge is always exciting, but even more so when the only way to get there is by plane. There can be few better ways to fully appreciate the sheer vastness of The Yukon than by flying over its snow-covered landscapes to a remote wilderness retreat.

Lastly, we’d like to mention Vancouver. We would always recommend a stay in this coolest of cool cities on the way back from The Yukon. Sophisticated, vibrant and full of energy; Vancouver dances to its own exciting beat.

Image credits: Arctic Range Adventures Ltd & Government of Yukon & Cathie Archbould, F Mueller, Joseph Bradley, Tagish Wilderness Lodge, Churchill Wild

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Our Locations

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.

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