Our Whirlwind Itinerary
Day Zero / June 15th, 2017
Fairmont Vancouver Airport
To kick off this epic journey in style, Fairmont YVR will be hosting an exclusive pre-trip dinner party on the evening prior to our departure. They will be showcasing the cuisine of Executive Chef Colin Burslem along with many other culinary surprises. This pre-departure evening will give you the chance to meet and mingle with the trip’s prominent guests and chefs who will be travelling with us for the next 8 days across the top of Canada.
Fairmont YVR is also offering a special rate for any trip participant wishing to stay at the hotel the night prior to our departure. This airport location is ideal to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to embark on our 8 day adventure. Please inform us if this is something you would like to include in your booking.
Day One / June 16th, 2017
Private Air North charter flight from Vancouver, British Columbia to Whitehorse, Yukon
Spend the afternoon exploring Whitehorse and its environs. Excursions will include shopping in town, mountain biking in Carcross, hiking Miles Canyon, photographing wildlife at the local nature reserve or going on a foraging trip with celebrated chef Miche Genest.
For our first night, we will be treated to a welcome dinner under the midnight sun. This long table opening dinner will take place on a private island in the middle of Marsh Lake. You will take in the beauty of the Yukon and discover regional cuisine interpreted by local Chefs Michele Genest (The Boreal Gourmet) and Carson Schiffkorn & Troy King (Inn on the Lake) supported by our travelling chef team of Jeremy Charles (Raymonds), Ned Bell (Chefs for Oceans), Derek Dammann (Maison Publique) & Rob Gentile (Buca).
Stay in Whitehorse overnight.
Day Two & Three / June 17th & 18th, 2017
Private Air North charter flight from Whitehorse, Yukon to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
We will spend the next two days exploring the Northwest Territories. Day two will offer opportunities to discover the local wilderness with excursions including fly-in fishing (the ice will just be coming off the lakes), buffalo farm tours, photography lessons with a local wildlife expert, art classes with local First Nations, cooking classes and meals with local and guest chefs.
Day three will be at leisure and organized on an individual basis by our talented concierge team. On our second evening, our team of travelling chefs will pull together an incredible experience in an old airport hanger with celebrated Yellowknife chef Robin Wasicuna (Wiseguy Foods, Twin Pine Diner). Each chef will be responsible for one course and the aviation theme of the evening will certainly involve some unexpected surprises.
Stay in Yellowknife both nights.
Day Four & Five / June 19th & 20th, 2017
Private Air North charter flight from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to Iqaluit, Nunavut
On day four, we will be heading to Iqaluit, Nunavut but will be touching down in Rankin Inlet on the way where we will be treated to an incredible day learning about Inuit art and having an opportunity to visit the only Inuit fine-arts ceramic production facility in the world. Rankin Inlet is known for having many of the North’s best carvers, so this is sure to be a highlight for our art loving guests.
This will also be a very special stop as our travelling chefs will collaborate with local Inuit chefs to offer a traditional lunch showcasing the history and culture of the region.
After enjoying our afternoon in Rankin Inlet, we will re-board our jet for Iqaluit where you will have an evening to enjoy the local hospitality at its best.
On our second day in Iqaluit (day five), you will have a full day to explore the surrounding regions with excursions including flight-seeing, cooking classes with Inuit cooks, carving lessons, fishing trips, hiking and photography.
For our final evening in the region, our team of chefs will once again join forces with local Iqaluit chefs to put on a multi-course feast in a very unique northern location. They will be celebrating the food of region and telling the story of multiculturalism in Canada through food.
Stay in Iqaluit both nights.
Day Six & Seven / June 21st & 22nd, 2017
Private Air North charter flight from Iqaluit, Nunavut to St. John’s, Newfoundland
For the final leg of our journey, we will arrive in St. John’s, Newfoundland, a city where the nation’s food scene is exploding. Chef Jeremy Charles will personally ensure you are seeing (and eating!) the best of the best in his hometown.
You will have the chance to explore fishing villages, cook and eat with other local chefs including Todd Perrin and Murray MacDonald, and of course take in all of the historical sights of the city.
Excursions in this seashore town will include fishing charters, lighthouse and iceberg tours, hiking the east coast trail, brewery and wine vault tours or a day at the spa if you are so inclined.
On our final night in St John’s, legendary Canadian chef Jeremy Charles and his team will welcome our group to Canada’s top ranked restaurant, Raymonds. This will surely be an evening you will never forget as he collaborates with his colleagues from across the country.
Stay in St. John’s both nights.
Day Eight / June 23rd, 2017
Private Air North charter flight from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Vancouver, British Columbia
Layover: Churchill, Manitoba
The group will depart for Vancouver but will touch down in Churchill, Manitoba on the way where we will have a short stop while the plane refuels. This half-day stop will allow us to view the region’s famous wildlife and wild landscape. It is guaranteed to be the best cross-country leg stretching layover you will ever have and a fantastic way to end this epic week!