Join us in logging off and getting back to basics, nature, and yourself. Over this 6 nights and 7 days adventure you will learn how to manage your technology, not the other way around. On top of it we will get outside, get up to some tom foolery, explore the winter wonderland, and make some new friends along the way.
Located at the edge of the Arctic Circle, wake up to yoga, and after a hearty breakfast, its time to gear up and get outside (Don’t worry - Winter clothing rental for each guest is included; parka, ski pants, lined boots, hat, mittens, neck warmer.) Workshops will be help by roaring fires and under outside under the Northern Lights which dance above the Blachford Lodge nightly. We’re going to get back to Real-Life and real connection.
A Sample Day: Watch the sun rise over the frozen lake, and fill yourself with a healthy, hearty breakfast. We’ll take time to clear out the lodge for a yoga session, to get the kinks out of your muscles. After yoga, we will make Spruce Slave. By now, you’ve probably tried this magic cream that’s everywhere around the lodge – and it’s time to make your own! We tap the spruce trees on site for their gum, which we then turn into the best Spruce Slave around. This miracle cream is good for all skin ailments, the magic healer. After lunch, we’ll head back out on the trails. Groups will choose to go skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, hiking, or snowmobiling. Your guides will take you out to some of the most beautiful look out points you can imagine; will you enjoy all that a true northern Canadian winter had to offer. We suggest taking a nap after dinner, relaxing in the hot tub, join the knitting circle, or play a board game before checking outside on those beautiful northern lights. Tonight we will have a bonfire inside the Tipi (around 9pm) – perfect for sharing stores, thoughts, and having a magical winter experience together.
Our lodge is the only fly-in wilderness resort situated on remote Blachford Lake. The lodge is a 25-minute bush plane flight from Yellowknife.
Accommodations at Blachford Lake Lodge include five guest bedrooms in the main lodge and five cozy log cabins – all with daily housekeeping, towels, and duvets provided. All five hand-built log cabins are fully equipped with a wood stove and electricity, and are within a few minute walk from the main lodge. Two of our cabins have pellet stoves which give the same cosy heat as the traditional wood fired variety, but with none of the hassle. Our main lodge facilities include a dining room, conference room, Aurora-viewing lounge, bar, full kitchen, showers and full bathrooms, fireplaces, sauna, hot tub, and open decks for viewing northern lights - we offer all the amenities of a “world-class” lodge. Our hot tub is the perfect place to sit back in the evening and watch the aurora dance overhead! The bathrooms in the lodge are shared, with hot showers and normal-style toilets. Being so far from town, we have to create/supply all our own electricity, water, heating and waste/garbage disposal. We are committed to doing this in the most eco-friendly way possible so that, for example, our toilets are the high-tech composting kind. The individual guest rooms in our wilderness lodge do not have their own washroom facilities but we do have showers, basins and toilets on each of the lodge’s two floors.
Our menus feature a tasty blend of Northern favorites. Our talented chef creates superb menus with fresh seasonal vegetables and a variety of fresh fish, beef, lamb and chicken to please every appetite. All dishes, from breads to desserts, are made on site. If you have special menu requirements, please let us know in advance.
Through the summer, Blachford Lake Lodge grows many of its own vegetables. We have recently expanded our organic greenhouse and garden. Leafy vegetables grow quickly in the long days of northern summer!
o Net fishing tour (by snowmobile)
o Guided touring at the lodge, and use of seasonal equipment
o Cross country skiing
o Bonfire pits
o Hot tubbing
o Hiking Trails
o Board games
o Use of northern library
o Spruce Salve making workshop (materials included)
o Candle holder making workshop (materials included)
o Knitting circle
o Photography tips for Aurora Borealis
o Tire sur la Niege – maple sugar on snow (very Canadian!)
o Ice fishing (equipment provided, guests are required to buy an NWT fishing license online in advance)
Closest airport it Yellowknife (YZF). Yellowknife is easily accessible with daily jet service from most major U.S. and Canadian cities, and same-day connections through Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta. Currently, the airlines flying into Yellowknife from major southern centers are: Canadian North, FirstAir, Air Canada, West Jet, Air North.
Upon booking, there is a non-refundable deposit. Cancellations after November 31st, 2016 are subject to partial refunds. No refunds will be granted after December 31st, 2016. PASSPORT AND VISAS - It is your responsibility that you carry a valid passport and have obtained the appropriate visas when traveling to Canada. Please ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months beyond your planned return date to your home country. TRAVEL INSURANCE - Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all BLL’s travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death, medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter) and personal liability. You must carry proof of insurance.