Experience the beauty of Canada's wild north on the culinary adventure of a lifetime
- June 14 - 23, 2018
- 9 Nights
- Join Us in Our Private 737 Chartered Aircraft
- Round Trip from Vancouver
- Signature Meals with Iconic Canadian Chefs
Many often dream of experiencing Canada’s North, yet few have ventured far enough to discover the beauty and way of living that is strikingly different from the rest of the country. This is your opportunity to explore this part of Canada in its raw and wild form. Expect the unexpected, and prepare to be immersed in a landscape and culture which is largely unknown.
Edible Canada’s founder and President, Eric Pateman, will once again be hosting a small number of guests to experience and taste northern ingredients and flavours in a series of signature tasting events throughout the trip. These iconic signature dinners truly showcase the best of each region by working directly with local chefs, producers, and communities.
Join us as we cross the country and experience a different pace of life, all under the midnight sun.
Note on the Arctic: Polar travel is more unpredictable than your common tour, so we encourage you to expect the unexpected. The unpredictability of the weather in the wild north could cause changes to our itinerary, but that’s all part of the adventure. This trip will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced!
Vancouver, British Columbia, Toronto, Ontario, to St. John’s, Newfoundland
The journey begins one week before the summer solstice. Guests will have the option to join the trip from either Vancouver or Toronto.
St. John’s, Newfoundland
In Canada, the sun rises first on Newfoundland and Labrador, giving St. John’s its very own time zone.The closest province to Europe, and home to the oldest street in North America, St. John’s has been welcoming adventurers from all corners of the world for over 500 years. The dramatic coastline offers both beautiful vistas and a bountiful ocean, making St. John’s famous for its seafood. Visitors can just as easily enjoy the urban delight of a craft brewery tour as spend a day out on the bay having close encounters with humpback whales, puffins, or icebergs.The local vernacular is as colourful as the bright houses lining sloping streets, and the residents are the most welcoming people we have ever met. Home to some of Canada’s best restaurants, this stop will be sure to celebrate the strong culinary traditions of the Maritimes.
St. John’s, Newfoundland to Iqaluit, Nunavut
The city of Iqaluit is located on Baffin Island at the northern end of Frobisher Bay near the mouth of the Sylvia Grinnell River. Iqaluit is the territorial capital of Nunavut, the largest and fastest-growing community in the territory. The landing strip is long enough to land the space shuttle, so it is often used for cold weather testing of the world’s largest new aircraft. Formerly known as Frobisher Bay, the modern city of Iqaluit is rich with traditional Inuit culture. It is the home of many Inuit artists, filmmakers and musicians, plus there are arts and culture festivals staged in the spring and summer that bring artists here from across the territory. Iqaluit is located near beautiful parklands that feature a range of landscapes, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and ancient Thule sites to visit. The culinary traditions of the north celebrate what the land has to offer in each season, which is clearly exemplified here. Wild game procured by an Inuit hunting tradition thousands of years old is the centrepiece, as is what can be foraged from the tundra. We hope to both celebrate and honor these traditions.
Iqaluit, NU to Churchill, MB to Yellowknife, NT
Churchill is a town in northern Manitoba, Canada on the west shore of Hudson Bay, most famous for the many polar bears which inhabit the area in the autumn, as a stop on their migration across Hudson Bay before the ice freezes. This has let to a strong ecotourism industry in Churchill, nicknamed “Polar Bear Capital of the World”. The small town of about 1,000 residents can take on as many as 500 guests per day during polar bear season in October and November. Churchill is also known as a beluga whale watching hotspot, a birder’s paradise, and the site of some of the most interesting tundra habitats in the world. From fascinating fur trade history to stunning adventure kayaking and hiking routes, Churchill offers guests the opportunity to experience the beauty of the wild arctic tundra.
On the northern shore of Great Slave Lake you can find the capital of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife. Founded in 1934, the city is located in the traditional territory of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation who founded the nearby community of Dettah in the early 1930s. The city has 20,000 residents and has become a cultural, economic and government services hub for the territory. With its modern amenities and small town feel, Yellowknife is also known for its numerous walking trails. Fishing and foraging are both important parts of the culinary tradition in Yellowknife, with the vast expanse of lakes surrounding the city. Visitors can take the opportunity to experience Yellowknife from the air, or fish for northern delicacies on the lake.
Yellowknife, NT to Whitehorse, YU
Whitehorse is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada. Named the Wilderness City, Whitehorse is nestled on the banks of the famous Yukon River surrounded by mountains and pristine lakes. With a population of 26,000, it maintains a small town feel with modern amenities. An economic and tourism hub for the province, Whitehorse contains the best examples of the Yukon culinary scene. Home to the popular Yukon Culinary Festival, an award winning craft brewery, and restaurants deeply connected with the surrounding landscape, Whitehorse is a Canadian culinary destination awaiting discovery.
Whitehorse, YU to Vancouver, BC
Our trip finishes in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. If this isn’t your hometown, we recommend you stay on for a little while- there is a reason that Vancouver is one of the hottest destinations in Canada! From cutting-edge Pacific Northwest cuisine with a global influence to some of the most stunning scenery in the world, this is a destination like no other. Our team will be happy to provide you with recommendations for your visit. Return airfare from Vancouver to Toronto is not included.
Private chartered 737 aircraft traveling round trip from Vancouver, with the option to depart from Toronto
9 nights accommodation
4 signature meals with top Canadian chefs
Breakfast each day
Alcohol in- flight and at signature meals
$1000 excursion booking credit
All ground transportation
*Taxes, gratuities, visa & passport fees, travel insurance, items of a personal nature, meals other than those specified in the tour itinerary, and free time activities & sightseeing are NOT included in the booking. Ask us for more details if you have any questions!
The Flight Across the Top of Canada took 60 guests on a chartered Air North 737 jet across northern Canada from June 16th- June 23rd, 2017. It was a unique culinary adventure like nothing done before it. Six stunning northern locations. Four iconic northern dinners prepared and hosted by ten iconic Canadian culinary superstars. Countless Canadian partners & suppliers offered the best wine, beer, spirits, foraged & farmed products and maple syrup which Canada has to offer. Local community leaders and artists welcomed us at each stop. This was the adventure of a lifetime, and culinary tourism at its finest.
What some of our past clients have to say about our northern edible adventures:
Without this very well planned trip and opportunity to attend as many places as we did in 8 days, I do not believe that many of the people on our trip would have gone to most of the places on their own. This gave everyone a chance to see our beautiful country, see many lifestyles, enjoy new opportunities and the ability to meet a lot of new people. You have opened our palates to many new tastes and sights that many have never dreamed of. You gave us the opportunity to experience a new way of life in new areas of Canada and the opportunity to meet many new and exciting people. The meals were out of this world, the chefs went above and beyond as did every staff member involved. Thank you for what was truly a trip of a lifetime. We were honoured to part of the inaugural trip.
I am so proud to be Canadian. Being a part of this journey, ‘Across the Top’, reminded me why this is so. I am grateful to Edible Canada & Finisterra Travel for the fabulous experience. These inaugural guests on our Across the Top tour embody that Canadian spirit of humble gratefulness and passion to discover more of who we are as a nation, as I do. The Chefs through their brilliance & talent captured all things significant to this identity and allowed us to understand more profoundly our fellow Canadians to the north, through their food. The landscape of our northern compatriots is somewhat foreign, breathtakingly beautiful and often unforgiving, highlighting the tenacity of the people. In our visits to their communities, we experienced their pride of place, despite its limitations and remoteness. And finally, I witnessed a generosity of spirit, that which is in all of us, as Canadians. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of something so awe-inspiring and meaningful.
Thank you, Edible Canada, for opening the north to me in this unique and spectacular manner. As a proud – and relatively new – Canadian, my first venture into the north has been profound and very enjoyable. This was truly an experience I’ll never forget.
Rick and I have spent the last couple of days endlessly going through the quite stunning photos of our trip. We have discussed each adventure; the people, the whiskey, the wonderful Yukon hospitality and of course, the delicious food we enjoyed so much. Of course there has been much discussion about just how we managed to pack so very much! Our trip turned out to be singular in it’s beautiful setting, it’s keen sense of play and nally in it’s sense of true authenticity. We both felt we met real people in a real and compelling place.