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Canadian Signature Experiences collection adds three Arctic experiences for travellers

VANCOUVER, Nov. 29, 2017 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --

New Arctic experiences encourage travellers to immerse themselves in the history and culture of Canada's North.

Destination Canada is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the Canadian Signature Experiences collection from Canada's North. Travellers can herd caribou with locals in the Northwest Territories, learn about the Klondike Gold Rush as they cross the Arctic Circle on Yukon's Dempster Highway or build an igloo and travel to traditional Inuit hunting grounds in Nunavut.

The Canadian Signature Experiences are a curated collection of extraordinary and authentically Canadian travel experiences. As diverse as the country itself, these unique experiences are offered from coast to coast to coast and provide an introduction to the best Canada - and Canadians - has to offer.

"These new Canadian Signature Experiences are an amazing way for travellers to experience the beauty of Canada's North" says the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism. "The hardworking small business owners behind these experiences are vital to the economy, especially in remote and rural regions, like the North. They are once-in-a- lifetime experiences that speak to the diversity and uniqueness of our country, from coast to coast to coast."

"I'm excited to welcome Inukpak Outfitting, Nature Tours of Yukon and Tundra North Tours to our Canadian Signature Experiences collection," says David F. Goldstein, Destination Canada's President and CEO. "These new experiences inspire travellers to head off the beaten path and experience the wildlife, scenery and rich culture of Canada's North."

The three new experiences in Canada's Arctic are:

    --  Winter Arctic Discovery with Inukpak Outfitting
        - Nunavut
        This authentic winter adventure starts in Iqaluit with a guided
        tour of town, where travellers engage with locals, viewing
        landmarks and attractions and perusing artisan shops.
        Travellers then explore the tundra or sea ice via traditional
        dogsled, bonding and interacting with the dogs, and venture
        further into the wilderness by snowmobile. After building an
        igloo, travellers savour a cup of hot tea inside, then watch as
        the Aurora Borealis illuminate the dark winter sky. Traditional
        Inuit hunting grounds at the floe edge present a prime viewing
        opportunity to watch the dawn of a new spring under 20 hours of

        Media contact: Louis-Philip Pothier, President;

    --  Arctic Circle Tour with Nature Tours of Yukon
        - Yukon
        The only highway in Canada that crosses the Arctic Circle - the
        Dempster Highway - offers a true winter immersion in sub-arctic
        Canada for travellers. Experience roadside picnic lunches in
        scenic locations for wildlife viewing and then learn more about
        the life and history of the Tr'ondà«k Hwà«ch'inFirst Nation
        during the Klondike Gold Rush. In Eagle Plains, travellers
        mingle with the locals, ice-road truckers and other
        adventurers. A good forecast offers up the not-to-be-missed
        opportunity to go on a spectacular night of Aurora Hunting -
        maybe even all the way to the Arctic Circle.

        Media contact: Joost van der Putten, General Manager;

    --  Canadian Arctic Reindeer Signature Package with Tundra North Tours
        - Northwest Territories
        A highway of ice, with welcoming people and rich indigenous
        culture, awaits travellers in Canada's north along the route to
        Aklavik. Accelerate the adventure with a snowmobile ride into
        the wilderness to help herd 3,000 caribou alongside skilled
        locals. In a basecamp setting, travellers engage in cultural
        experiences, storytelling, feast on traditional food and
        perhaps see the northern lights. The final destination on the
        adventure is Tuktoyaktuk, a town right at the northern edge of
        the continent.

        Media contact: Shae Bird, Vice President;

Since the Canadian Signature Experiences program's inception, the collection has grown to over 200 members and Destination Canada works in partnership with all 13 Canadian provincial and territorial marketing organizations to build and maintain the collection.

Additional information:

    --  Canadian Signature Experiences
        for a comprehensive list of members.
    --  Canadian Signature Experiences Backgrounder
        for further information on the program.
    --  Tourism in Canada
        to learn more about arrivals and the tourism industry's
        contribution to Canada's economy through jobs, GDP and tourism
    --  Brand Canada Library
        for rights-ready, free-to-use images and videos (including of
        the new Canadian Signature Experiences).

About Destination Canada:

Destination Canada markets Canada internationally as a premier four-season tourism destination. In collaboration with partners in the Canadian tourism industry, Destination Canada creates marketing campaigns designed to showcase the best our country has to offer. Destination Canada also provides research and industry data to our partners--equipping them to optimize their businesses. For more information, please visit:, follow @DestinationCAN and @ExploreCanada on Twitter.

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