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The Ultimate Canadian Adventure

The Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is excited to partner with the Edmonton International Airport (YEG), Indigenous Tourism Alberta, and Spectacular Northwest Territories for our 2nd annual Connect-with-Canada Trip Giveaway.  This year the winner will be immersed in indigenous culture and tours in the Edmonton area before heading north to Yellowknife.


Activities & Accommodation

Your 14-day getaway will be full of memorable adventures, cultural experiences, and mesmerizing sights!

Week 1 – Edmonton

  • Sept 15 – Sept 22

  • Accommodations

JW Marriott Edmonton ICE (3 nights)
The Lodge Skydome & Metis Crossing (3 nights)
Renaissance Edmonton Airport (1 nights)

  • Activities

Pei Pei Chei Ow at Whiskey Jack Art House – Art viewing  – Sept 15th
Talking Rock Tours – Elk Island National Park Discovery Tour – Sept 16th
Fort Edmonton – Indigenous Experience & Attractions – Sept 17th
Metis Crossing – Sept 18th – Meet the Metis at Metis Crossing – Sept 19th – Paddle into the Past – Sept 20th – Visions, Hopes and Dreams Wildlife Park at Metis Crossing & Beading Traditional Art Workshop
West Edmonton Mall – Sept 21

Week 2 – Yellowknife

  • Sept 23 – Sept 29
  • Accommodations

Chateau Nova – 6 nights
Renaissance Edmonton Airport – 1 Night

  • Activities

Bucket List Tours – Yellowknife City Tour – Sept 23rd
Aurora Village – Aurora Viewing – Sept 23rd
North of 60 Adventures – Fall Dog Sledding Tour – Sept 24th
North of 60 Adventures – Dene Experience – Sept 25th
North of 60 Adventures – Skydome Aurora Viewing – Sept 25th
Bucket List Tours – Cameron Falls Hiking Tour – Sept 26th
Bucket List Tours – Aurora Viewing – Sept 26th
North Star Adventures – Indigenous Storytelling  – Sept 27th
B Dene Tours – Aurora Viewing Under the Dene Skies – Sept 27th

Activities Highlights


Pei Pei Chei Ow (pronounced “pe-pe-s-chew”) is a food and education company based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan Treaty 6, founded by Scott Jonathan Iserhoff. Inspired by the land, life, and seasons that surround us, Indigenous ways of cooking outdoors, and by the Indigenous way of Mino-Pimatisiwin, Pei Pei Chei Ow explores and highlights Indigenous food in today’s society, aiming to evoke memories and comfort.

Elk Island National Park

Your geo-adventure begins at the Moss Lake Trailhead, where the last glaciation deposited rolling sandy hills and meltwater depressions along with alternating vegetation. The west portion of the trail loop passes through terraced beaver dams and native grassland habitat. There are a large number of rolling hills to climb that makes this hike somewhat challenging.


Gather and explore life through the diversity of First Nations’ and Métis peoples’ histories, cultures, experiences, and perspectives, local to Indigenous life in the Beaver Hills, or Edmonton region. Deep conversations with over fifty Indigenous Elders, historians, educators, and community members informed the content.

Smoky Lake

Métis Crossing is the first major Métis cultural interpretive centre in Alberta and is a premier centre for Alberta Métis cultural interpretation, education, gatherings, and business development. Métis Crossing strives to represent and share elements of Métis culture; pride of culture and respect (with self-identification), family reconnection and reconciliation, sacredness of place and empathy and acknowledgement.

Paddle into the Past
Visions, Hopes and Dreams Wildlife Park
Traditional Art Workshops – Beading


Welcome to the Mt. Everest of shopping and indoor entertainment in North America. Spanning the equivalent of 48 city blocks, West Edmonton Mall is part entertainment complex, part shopping and dining destination.


Tours are approximately four hours longs and operated by locals for a truly authentic experience. Shopping visits are limited to Northern establishments offering Northern products. Our tour is focused on learning as much as possible about Yellowknife history and meeting locals when we can.

aurora Village

Simply the most popular Aurora-viewing experience in the world! We are the only place in the world offering custom-made, heated outdoor viewing seats that swivel 360 degrees, so you can catch every angle of the Aurora Borealis. With five viewing hills located throughout our expansive wilderness property, you can quietly absorb the unobstructed wondrous night sky in seclusion or share the experience with a group.


Experience a Fall dog ride with cart (instead of sled) or on a quad. Features traditions like trapping, dog mushing and storytelling along with Bannock on a stick, feeding the fire in the traditional way of the ancestors and offering smudge to ward off bad spirits. Then take in the amazing auroras from our Skydome. This Geo Dome offers the comfort of a hot wood burning stove, couches, lounge chairs and tables for eating the fresh bannock and hot beverages.

Great Slave Lake

Experience our authentic Indigenous Aurora Tour. Spend an evening among the Dene people, with northern lights story-telling, Dene history and legends, traditional drumming and handgames demonstration, and samples of traditional foods such as local Great Slave Lake fish and freshly made bannock.

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