If you want to see the magnificence of the Mackenzie Mountains and their compelling vistas, take this short flight to the edge of the mountains to see Dodo Canyon, Linton Lake, Carcajou Canyon before returning to Norman Wells.
Flight to see Kelly Lake, Vermilion Creek Sink Hole and the Norman Range from the air and possibly the Muskox herd.
One of the most spectacular moments in northern living is the moment that the big ice jams on the rivers break loose in a terrific roaring push and run. Seeing this from the air is one of the finest experiences to view the power of nature and the strength of one of the mightiest of northern rivers. Using MODIS and AVHRR imagery, it is possible to map ice breakup to within a few days on large northern rivers.
See the Great Bear rapids on the Great Bear River where the first pipeline in Canada was laid to get fuel around the rapids as you make your way up to the magnificent Great Bear Lake. Great Bear Lake is the largest lake entirely within Canada the third largest in North America and the seventh largest in the world. This enormous lake with a surface area of 31,153 sq. km. is situated on the Arctic Circle and is above sea level. Keep your eyes sharp for the Uranium Mines and hear about the Manhattan Project story as you pass by Tulita canyon and the Canyon Creek Sink Hole before returning to Norman Wells.
Take a flight into history over the spectacular Mackenzie Mountains to see pristine wilderness and bring Canol Road history alive. The Canol Road was built by the Canadian and American Armies during World War II ensuring that northern oil supplies would not be cut off. Take this flight from Norman Wells and experience this exciting seldom-told story. During the flight, you will see Mile 0 on the Canol Trail, remains of wooden barges, the remains of Camp Canol, Dodo Canyon, Echo Canyon, Canol Lake, Canol road remains, Carcajou Falls, the Canol switch back road up to the highest elevation, the Plains of Abraham, the Pumping Station at mile 74, remains of the Canol pipe, and Linton Lake.
Continue along from Mackenzie Mountains to the Vermilion Creek Sink Hole along the top of the Norman Range to see the north view and possibly a muskox herd and then return to Norman Wells via Jackfish Lake and Bothwerth Creek Falls.
Fly from Norman Wells to Deline with a two hour interpretive visit in Deline to see the community, Grey Goose Lodge, the remains of where Sir John Franklin built his fort and the Deline Land Corporation buildings. This is the settlement where the first recorded game of hockey was played in Canada. Along with this, experience the culture and people of Deline. On the return trip to Norman Wells see Great Bear River, the Great Bear rapids, flightsee over Tulita and the Canyon Creek Sink Hole.
Fly from Norman Wells to Fort Good Hope with a two hour interpretive visit in Fort Good Hope to see the community. See the famous Fort Good Hope Church with its beautifully painted murals and take in the spirit and culture of the people in every day life. Visit the new Band and Land Corporation Office. View the Mackenzie Ramparts rapids from the banks of the Mackenzie River and the Hare Indian River. The people of Fort Good Hope received the name Hare from the whiteman as the traditional garments they wore were made out of rabbit hides torn into strips, and sewn and gathered to resemble feathers. The return to Norman Wells will be over the Mackenzie Ramparts and then past the Sans Sault Rapids on the Mackenzie River.
Fly from Norman Wells to Tulita with a two hour interpretive visit in Tulita to see the community, experience the Dene and Metis culture and hear the story of the people of Tulita. At the confluence of the Mackenzie and Great Bear Rivers, Tulita became the site for the Hudson's Bay Trading Post in 1810 called Fort Norman at that time. Sir John Franklin used Tulita for a base during his northern explorations. Return to Norman Wells.
Flightseeing trip to Colville Lake from Norman Wells and spend three hours visiting this historic community. This is an opportunity to see the art of famous northern painter, Bernard W Brown perhaps seeing him putting paint to canvas or commission a painting. Take a tour through his hand-built museum and listen to Bern describe the artifacts he has collected over the north during the years of spending time with the local First Nations. Then take a walk through the village and meet the elders of Colville Lake listening to the stories of the life and culture they live. If time permits take a boat onto the lake and catch some of Colville Lake's big lakers.