Located deep within the wilderness of the Northwest Territories, Blachford Lake Lodge is about as close as you can get to the North Pole. Glide over frozen lakes on cross-country skis or ice-skates; set up camp and try your hand at ice-fishing with a local who’ll teach you traditional Dene techniques. Prefer to hang out at the lodge? Grab some skates and get on the rink for a pickup hockey match with fellow guests and staff. Or, if you’re feeling extra-adventurous, hop in a snow-mobile and explore the icy ridges of the nearby Great Slave Lake, the deepest lake in North America.
If snow conditions are right, you could try your hand igloo-building with a local guide, or embark on a guided nature hike to learn traditional wildlife-tracking techniques. Fat tyre bikes suited to the snowy terrain are available for a ride around the lake. And at day’s end, head back to the hotel to cosy up and learn how to make traditional local handicrafts, or sip on mulled wine under the breathtaking spectacle of the Aurora Borealis.