Blachford Lake Lodge is located in the rugged wilderness of Northern Canada.  Perched on a rock knoll overlooking Blachford Lake, it is a half-hour bush-plane from the city of Yellowknife, the capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories.  Many miles from roads, or national suppliers of electricity and water, the eco-lodge nonetheless provides many of the benefits of a luxury hotel in the wilderness.

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Why We Love It

Guest can participate in traditional Dene Indian cultural activities (native history, crafts and traditions).

Blachford has a reputation for fine cuisine – local delicacies include: musk ox, caribou, Arctic char and white fish.

The experience starts with getting there! The flight to Blachford is a thrilling sightseeing excursion in itself!

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Northwest Territories Cultural Getaway

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Day 1

Yellowknife – Blachford Lake Lodge

Meet at float plane base at 4.00pm for flight briefing and thrilling 30 min bush plane wilderness flight to lodge. Arrival at Blachford is followed by welcome orientation, site tour and introduction to activities.

Afternoon to relax or enjoy one of the many activities offered at Blachford.  From mid-August the aurora borealis may appear at any time after dark and can be viewed and photographed from a variety of venues including:  special decks around the lodge, the frozen lake for a spectacular 360° panorama, around a camp fire outside, from a traditional tipi, even from your bed or the outdoor hot tub! (D)

Day 2

Blachford Lake Lodge

One, two-hour guided interpretative tour is included each day.  These include:

  • Sustainable initiatives at Blachford
  • Guided boat tour of the lake
  • Sport fishing for lake trout, pickerel and northern pike
  • Aurora photography tips
  • Guided nature walk
  • Introduction to canoeing or kayaking
  • Traditional Dene culture in tipi
  • Harvesting in the northern wilderness
  • Geology tour
The exact time of the activities will depend on the tour and the weather conditions.  When you are not immersing yourself in the culture, why not pull up a deck chair on the rock overlooking the lake and keep an eye out for moose by the island.  Paddle a canoe or a kayak and go eye to eye with loons. Try your luck at fishing or hike our nature trails. Explore the lake by boat or the land on our trails, take a dip in the sun warmed lake, or explore our collection of found items and games in the Aurora room.  (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

Blachford Lake Lodge

See Day 2 for all listed activities available. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

Blachford Lake Lodge

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Day 5

Blachford Lake Lodge

See Day 2 for all listed activities available. (B)(L)(D)

Day 6

Blachford Lake Lodge – Yellowknife

Photograph the arrival of the bush plane before boarding around 5.45pm for the half-hour flight back to Yellowknife, arrival approx. 7.00pm.  (B)(L)

Day 7


Check out of your hotel and transfer (not included) to the airport.  Or, elect to add additional nights and spend more time exploring this northern city.

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