During harsh winter months Indigenous People in Canada don’t just survive, they thrive! 

by Bianca Bujan

 

Josie’s Old Crow Adventures 

Snuggle up by a fire on sparkling snow and gaze at the dancing lights above Old Crow in the Yukon. Immerse in Gwitchin Culture on the Yahkaii (Northern Lights) tour, “Guests taste my wife’s homemade bannock, listen to our Traditional stories, and stay warm in a wall tent, just like the one my dad was born in,” shares Paul Josie, CEO of Josie Old Crow Adventures.josiesoldcrowadventures.com

 

Tundra North Tours

Snowmobile across vast tundra, wrangle wild reindeer, and build and sleep in an igloo. The Arctic Immersion experience offered by Tundra North Tours will take you through the wilds of Inuvik as you live and learn the Inuvialuit way of life. Dip your toes in the Tundra lifestyle with a day tour or get fully immersed in the Culture and Traditions of the Inuvialuit People with a epic week-long excursion. — tundranorthtours.com

 

Inuit Adventures

Glide over the sparkling snow of the arctic tundra of Kuujjuaq; walk in ancient footsteps and trek the trails of the remote Inuit community of Puvirnituq; take in the mesmerizing performances of traditional throat singers; marvel at the work of master sculptors, and help fishers retrieve their catch. — inuitadventures.ca

 

Wapusk Adventures

Listen to edge-of-your-seat stories and gaze at awe-inspiring aurora as you dash through the snow guided by a pack of racing huskies. This small operation in Churchill, Manitoba, combines dog sledding, aurora viewing, and Indigenous storytelling to create authentic adventures which leave a lasting impression. “We’re more than a dog sled ride—we’re a dog sledding Indigenous experience!” shares David Daley of Wapusk Adventures. — wapuskadventures.com

 

Arctic Bay Adventures

Each November, the sun disappears for three months in North Baffin, 700 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, and the sky is blanketed with swirling stars and the Northern Lights. Experience the rarely explored floe edge of Admiralty Inlet, a land of mountains and fjords. As Winter Solstice approaches, the Inuit of Arctic Bay come together for songs, dances, and games as they celebrate the coming of a new year. — arcticbayadventures.com

 

Bianca Bujan

Bianca is an award-winning travel writer with bylines in Lonely Planet, Food & Wine, The Globe & Mail, Canadian Geographic, Chatelaine, WestJet Magazine, and others. She was recently featured in Forbes as one of the 15 Black travel writers to follow and is an active member of the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC). www.bitsofbee.com