Our Whirlwind Itinerary
Day Zero / June 15th, 2017
Fairmont Vancouver Airport
To kick off this epic journey in style, Fairmont Vancouver Airport Executive Chef Colin Burslem along with Vancouver’s Fairmont properties will be hosting an exclusive pre-trip dinner party on the evening prior to our departure. The uniquely Canadian send off will feature innovative dishes from the Executive Chef of each Vancouver Fairmont hotel. From the Fairmont Waterfront, Chef Karan Suri, from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Chef Cameron Ballendine and from the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Chef Nathan Brown will be joining us. This pre-departure evening will give you the chance to meet and mingle with the guests and chefs who will be travelling with us for the next 8 days across the top of Canada.
Fairmont Vancouver Airport 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.
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. Optional excursions include shopping in town, hiking Miles Canyon, photographing wildlife at the local nature reserve and more.
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 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), Stéphane Modat (Restaurant Champlain & Le Sam Bistro) & Wayne Morris (Boralia).
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 optional excursions including fly-in fishing (the ice will just be coming off the lakes), flight seeing, garden tours, foraging and more.
Day three will be at leisure and our talented concierge team will be here to help you make the most of your day. On our second evening, our team of travelling chefs will pull together an incredible experience with celebrated Yellowknife chef Robin Wasicuna (Wiseguy Foods, Twin Pine Diner). Each chef will be responsible for one course and 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 stop will offer a lunch showcasing the history and culture of the region with celebrated Rankin Chef Kelly Clark with Arctic Char, Wild Muskox, and Cariboo.
After enjoying our afternoon in Rankin Inlet, we will re-board our jet for Iqaluit where will drink Canadian whisky enroute with master distiller Don Livermore from Corby’s.
On our second day in Iqaluit (day five), you will have a full day to explore the surrounding regions with optional excursions including fishing, hiking and more!
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, snorkel with whales and of course take in all of the historical sights of the city.
Optional excursions in this seashore town will include fishing charters, 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 few hour stop will allow us to view the region’s famous wildlife and wild landscape with an optional excursion or you can just wander around the town as it opens up for the season. It will be a great leg-stretching layover and a fantastic way to end this epic week!