DHC-2 Floatplane - Acasta Gneiss, Oldest Rock on Earth - With Stop Over

DHC-2 Floatplane - Acasta Gneiss, Oldest Rock on Earth - With Stop Over
  • Duration : 6 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Yellowknife, NT
  • Product code : AHM005
From CAD $3,528.00

This trip is a real treat for the rock hound and geology buff in the group but others will enjoy the opportunity to see the ecosystems of the Boreal and Arctic regions meet on the flight north and the chance to walk on the Barren Lands at the site of the world’s oldest know rock outcrop once we reach the Acasta River.

The Acasta River is 306 kms (190 sm) north of the City of Yellowknife.  You will get to experience flight in the north as so many prospectors, geologists, and adventures have in the past on board an iconic de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Floatplane.    

Everyone gets a window seat and from your window you will be able to see the numerous lakes and wetlands that have been carved from successive waves of glacial erosion and those which conform to natural depressions of Precambrian bedrock that forms the Taiga shield and dates back to the earth’s earliest days.

The Acasta Gneiss is a tonalite gneiss.  The exposed rock body is the oldest known intact crustal fragment on Earth.  The rock deposit is believed to be 4.031 to 3.58 billion years old.  The outcrop was found in 1989.  In 2003 a team from the Smithsonian Institution collected a four ton boulder for display.

Make sure to bring your camera and clothing appropriate for the day.  A selection of inflight snacks and beverages will be provided.  Please feel free to pack and bring with you your own meal and/or snacks.

The base tour duration is between 5 ½ to 6 hours with 1 ½ to 2 hours available to explore on the ground.  You may also consider chartering the aircraft for the day under our private day charter package or including a stopover at Acasta as part of an Arctic Circle tour.

As with our other tours you will get to experience flight on one of our iconic de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Aircraft not only providing you with a raven's eye view of Great Slave Lake but also providing you with the experience of taking a step back in time and enjoying a flight onboard a classic aircraft.  Our Beaver aircraft feature comfortable interiors, enlarged windows for easy viewing and aviation headsets for all guests to provide easy communication between guests and the pilot.  Each guest is will be seated at a window seat.

Our pilots are very proud of their aircraft, their profession and the region they fly throughout.  We encourage our guests to ask as many questions as they wish throughout each tour.  Our pilots will be more than happy to answer all of your questions about their craft and the region they call home.

TOUR DURATION:  

Approximately 5 ½ to 6 hours, dock-to-dock. 

TOUR CAPACITY: 

1-4 People

[Maximum 4 passengers and total combined payload weight (people, luggage, gear) of 465kg (1025 lbs)]

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING:

-Camera,
-Appropriate Clothing for the day (Dress in Layers),
-Rain/Wind Jacket,
-Foot wear for light walking/hiking,
-Sun Tan Lotion, Insect Repellent, Personal Medications,
-Fishing Licence; if you wish to fish at some point on tour,
-Personal beverages & lunch if you wish (see catered lunch option).

WHAT WE PROVIDE WITH TOUR:

-All DHC-2 flights sold with charter,
-Selection of onboard snacks and beverages,
-Basic camping equipment and toiletries suitable for the site(s) and day,
-Fishing gear for guests with licenses who wish to fish, self-guided at some point along tour.

Fishing equipment is provided only as a guest convenience and is to be used by guests in self-guided manner as we do not offer fish guiding services nor are we registered as fishing guides with the NWT or NU governments.

TOUR RATE:

Tour sold as a Private Aircraft Charter for your group.  DHC-2 Beaver Floatplane based from Yellowknife, NWT -   $3,528.00, inclusive of all fees and charges including the 5% GST.  If you have any questions concerning our Tariff, rates, and/or policies please contact us.  You may also request a copy of our tariff or view the tariff we have posted to our company's homepage.  info@ahmicair.com 867-920-4400
Per Person Costs:
-4 passengers - $882.00 ea.,
-3 passengers - $1176.00 ea.,
-2 passengers - $1764.00 ea.,
-1 passenger - $3528.00.

TOUR EXTRAS AND OPTIONS:

-Combine an Acasta Tour with an Arctic Circle Tour,
-Upgrade an Acasta Tour to a Private Day Charter,
-Have Ahmic Air provide a catered lunch,
-Purchase Ahmic Air Souvenirs such as T-shirts, Polos and hats.

Extras may be purchased at checkout, by selecting the next level of tour, or by calling (emailing) Ahmic Air.

DEPARTURE LOCATION:

We operate our Yellowknife, NWT Beaver floatplanes tours from our dock located on Yellowknife's Back Bay across the street from Bullock's Bistro and beside Weaver and Devore Trading Ltd..  If you are traveling by taxi ask to be delivered to Weave & Devore Trading and this will put you within foot steps of our dock.

CHECK-IN TIME:

Please arrive at our dock in time to check in 15 minutes prior to the flight time you have booked.

ONLINE BOOKING AND PAYMENTS:

When booking online, payments to Ahmic Air may be made through Visa, MasterCard or the Paypal gateway.  Our online booking policy for tour products based from Yellowknife, NT is to collect the entire charter fee at the time of booking.   All fees are in Canadian dollars and all advertised prices are inclusive of all service charges, fees, and the 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Please call us if you would like to look into either an alternate booking time other than the ones showing in our online inventory, arrange an alternate pick up location, arrange alternate payment method or simply just want to ask us a few questions. 867-920-4400

CANCELLATION POLICY:

When the cancellation is made more than 30 days prior to the planned departure, no cancellation charges shall be levied and any booking fees received will be returned.

When the cancellation is made 30 days or less prior to, and more than 5 days prior to the planned departure, booking fees received may be applied to flights booked to depart within 30 days of the original booked departure date; otherwise 25 % of the total air transportation contract price will be retained by the carrier as a cancellation charge.

When the cancellation is made less than 5 days prior to the planned departure of the flight, 25 % of the total air transportation contract price will be retained by the carrier as a cancellation charge.

In situations where Ahmic Air must cancel a tour due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances the customer will be provided with a full refund of all booking fees collected or if they wish, the opportunity to reschedule and apply their refund to a new booking.

If you have any questions concerning our Tariff, rates, and/or policies please contact us.  You may also request a copy of our tariff or view the tariff we have posted to our company's homepage.  info@ahmicair.com 867-920-4400

GIFT CERTIFICATE PURCHASES:

This trip may be purchased as a gift and a Gift Certificate will be mailed to the shipping address provided.  When booking online as a gift, payments to Ahmic Air may be made through Visa, MasterCard or the Paypal gateway.  Our online booking policy for tour products based from Yellowknife, NT is to collect the entire charter fee at the time of booking.   All fees are in Canadian dollars and all advertised prices are inclusive of all service charges, fees, and the 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Tours purchased as a gift expire 1 year from the date of purchase and are non-refundable.  Gift purchases may be applied towards other tours or charters of the same or greater value within one year of the purchase date. To best serve the recipient of the Gift Certificate by providing their first choice of travel dates and times we advise the recipient to book their flight times with us as soon as possible as aircraft bookings are assigned on a first come, first served basis.