Northern lights at ennadai lake

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Itinerary and Pricing

Land Tour

Arctic Ultimate Canadian Experience

August 13 to August 23, 2021

$19,800 CAD + 5 % tax

Map

Arctic Ultimate Canadian Experience Map

Itinerary

  • Red beaches of the northwest passage

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    Day 1: Somerset Island, Nunavut
    Catch Your First Glimpse of the Northwest Passage

    After breakfast, depart Yellowknife on a private charter for the three-hour flight to Arctic Watch. You will land in the Arctic later that afternoon. After an introduction to the lodge and the surrounding landscape by the Arctic Watch team, you will have time settle into your cabins. Before dinner is served, a short hike up to the local mountain is offered, including breathtaking views of the Northwest Passage and ice formations on the Arctic ocean.

    Lunch and dinner included.

  • Outdoor site interpretation gests watching at belugas

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    Day 2: Somerset Island
    ATV to Cunningham Beluga Estuary

    ATVs are our most practical form of transportation to cover long distances on the tundra. Attend a hands-on introduction to all-terrain vehicles followed by a short drive to the Cunningham Estuary to watch beluga whales. The coastal area of Somerset has a unique history; archaeological sites dating to Viking contact can be seen. Enjoy a delicious lunch buffet back at the lodge before departing for a short afternoon hike to the Triple Waterfalls. This short five kilometre roundtrip hike gives you an introduction to the plants and animals that live in the area. Encounters with muskox are common.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Fishing for arctic char

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    Day 3: Somerset Island
    Fish for Arctic Char at Inukshuk Lake

    Travel by ATV across the Cunningham River delta, to Muskox Ridge. This scenic trail provides spectacular views of the area and is a great vantage point from which to see muskoxen and Arctic foxes. From the high ridge, hike down into one of the many depressions where muskoxen often spend the summer months foraging.

    After a picnic lunch at Inukshuk Lake, fishing gear will be supplied to catch-and-release Arctic char. Head back to the lodge along the River Trail keeping an eye out for birds such as snowy owls, jaegers, rough-legged hawks, and more. After dinner, an informal lecture by Richard Weber on his North Pole expeditions—highlighting his historic (and unrepeated) 1995 unassisted journey—will be offered.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Kyaking on the arctic ocean

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    Day 4: Somerset Island
    Sea Kayak through Cunningham Inlet

    Sea kayak the gin-clear water of Cunningham Inlet while enjoying views of Gifford Point in the distance. Watch for beluga whales passing by your boat as they travel between the open water of the Northwest Passage and the mouth of the Cunningham River. Hop out on the other side of the inlet at Kayak Falls and take a short hike to explore the small canyon.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Hiking

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    Day 5: Somerset Island
    Hike the Badlands of Somerset Island

    Hike across the Badlands of Somerset—a preserved ocean floor, ten kilometres from the sea—with 8,000-year-old whale bones and shells. See muskox, Arctic fox, and snowy owls. This time of year, the muskox begin to rut, so have your cameras ready. The hike will conclude at the Cunningham River raft launch followed by lunch on the beach. Then there is a choice to kayak, paddle board, or raft back down stream on the the river through the canyons back to Arctic Watch Lodge. After dinner there is a traditional Inuit games workshop.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Big bear arial view

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    Day 6: Somerset Island
    Travel to Arctic Haven via Baker Lake, Nunavut

    Time to make the move south from the High Arctic to the tree-line and Arctic Haven. Departure time is midday, with a stopover to stretch our legs and refuel in Baker Lake, Nunavut—the calving grounds of the Qamanirjuaq caribou. Of the nomadic Inuit who once lived long the shores of Ennadai, many now live in the community of Baker Lake. Arriving in the early evening, you will meet the Arctic Haven team and settle into your room before dinner. Afterwards there will be the opportunity to unwind in the wood fired sauna by the lake and take in the Northern Lights.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Guest taking a photo of a caribou

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    Day 7: Ennadai Lake, Nunavut
    Photograph Wildlife & Visit Archaeological Sites

    Breakfast is served daily at 8:30 a.m. A water safety briefing will be given prior to going out on Ennadai Lake. Head to the northern reaches of the lake, above the tree-line where the numerous islands are used by migratory wildlife—search for the Qamanirjuaq caribou, wolves, and wolverines. The photo opportunities are unparalleled so be sure to bring your camera.

    Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach. Spend the afternoon cruising around the islands and going on short hikes to get a closer look at these majestic animals. Visit archaeological sites where the Ahiarmiut in the area have camped for hundreds of years.

    Return to the lodge for a gourmet meal. There will be the opportunity to unwind in the wood fired sauna and take in the Northern Lights.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Kayaking on ennadai lake

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    Day 8: Ennadai Lake
    Mountain Bike or Sea Kayak

    An active day of fat biking along the expansive western esker is a great option for a clear sunny day. A quick helicopter ride will drop you off on top of a long reaching esker from where you will start your bike ride. Eskers are formed by glacial deposition which, after the retreat of the last ice age, left long winding trails of sand.

    Sitting above the marshy tundra, eskers offer a great vantage point of the surrounding scenery and wildlife. Well drained due to their elevation and sandy composition, eskers are not only perfect for hiking and biking but also a popular location for animals to den. Returning to the lodge by boat, you will enjoy the final evening’s gourmet meal.

    For those wishing to sea kayak, we also offer the option to kayak amongst the caribou islands on Ennadai Lake. A small series of islands used by caribou to migrate south; the sea kayak excursion is often an excellent place to observe wildlife! Afterwards, your host Josée Auclair will give an informal workshop on local edible tundra-sourced items.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Helicopter assisted adventure

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    Day 9: Ennadai Lake
    Fly by Helicopter to Experience Stunning Landscapes

    Guests are invited to join us as we explore the tundra via helicopter—it’s the ultimate way to experience the wildlife and stunning landscapes. Stop to hike or fly fish along the way. Helicopter flight time is included in this adventure, but additional time can also be purchased at Arctic Haven. After dinner there will be a presentation on the Ahiarmiut or “people of the deer”—Inuit who lived on the shores of Ennadai until the 1950’s.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Fishing

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    Day 10: Ennadai Lake
    Fish for Grayling at Epic Creek

    For those interested in experiencing the thrill of landing a grayling on the end of their line, Epic Creek offers amazing fishing and is only accessible by helicopter. Grayling are not only stunning fish, with an impressive dorsal fin, but are also tenacious fighters and highly sought after by anglers. Small but mighty, these energetic fish are known to put up a hard fight. With a pickup and drop-off by helicopter, fishers can enjoy a full day casting into the steady and even current of the small Arctic stream.

    After a freshly caught fish fry lunch and a full day outdoors, an informal evening presentation on the Mythology and Folklore of the Northern Lights will be given, inspired by stories from around the world about the aurora borealis.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Yellowknife 1

    Day 11: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
    Choose Your Own Adventure

    By now, you'll be familiar with the area and can opt to do an activity that you missed or would like to repeat. It is possible to kayak, hike, bike, or fish. It is an afternoon departure for Yellowknife on the first leg of your return flight home.

    Breakfast and lunch included.

Accommodation

  • Arctic watch lodge

    Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

    Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is located on Somerset Island, Nunavut. It is an off-the-grid basecamp built to withstand Arctic weather and protect the fragile environment, all while providing guests with a high standard for accommodation and comfort. In addition to the main lodge’s common area, dining room, and showers, there are sixteen private guest cabins with en-suite marine toilets and sinks.

    Amenities:

    • Sixteen private cabins, each with en-suite marine toilet and sink
    • Common area, dining room, espresso bar, and archaeological centre
  • Cabin at arctic watch lodge

    Cabins at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

    Sixteen private guest cabins welcome adventurers who visit the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge. Thick duvets are provided atop queen beds and each cabin has a private wash facility equipped with a marine toilet and sink. Due to the extremely sensitive natural environment, private showers are located in the main complex. A generator provides electricity to the cabins from early morning until 11:00 p.m. There’s no electricity at night, not that you need it under the midnight sun.

  • Arctic heven lodge

    Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge

    Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge is situated on the shores of Ennadai Lake, Nunavut. It is Nunavut’s only green-energy powered lodge and is designed to have as little impact on the fragile environment as possible, while providing guests with a high standard for accommodation and comfort. In addition to the lodge’s common area and dining room, there are twelve private guest rooms. The lodge also has a sauna by the lake for total relaxation.

    Amenities

    • Twelve private rooms, each with en-suite bathroom
    • Common area and dining room
    • Wood-fired sauna
  • Arctic heven lodge room

    Private Rooms at Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge

    Twelve private guest rooms welcome adventurers who visit the Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge. Cozy bedding is provided atop queen beds and each room has a complete en-suite bathroom.

  • Smoked trout homemade caviar freh hollandaise biscuit and poached egg

    Food

    Taste locally sourced Ennadai Lake trout sashimi, Arctic char, and tundra blueberry compote, along with Okanagan Valley wines, Alberta organic beef, and more. Every day our talented chef prepares fresh breads, yogurts, ice creams, and other treats to satisfy you at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    Food sensitivities, special diets, and personal choices can be accommodated with advance notice.

Details

  • Land Tour

    Arctic Ultimate Canadian Experience

    August 13 to August 23, 2021

    $19,800 CAD + 5 % tax

  • Single Supplement: Contact us for more details

  • Starts: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

    Ends: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

  • Flights

    • Flights included: From Yellowknife to and from Arctic Watch/Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge and return to Yellowknife

  • Tour duration: 11 days
  • Group size: 18 guests
  • Fitness Level: Moderate
  • Accommodation: 12 private rooms (Arctic Haven) and 16 private cabins (Arctic Watch)
  • Staff to Guest Ratio: Average of 1 to 1.5
  • Covid-19: Negative Covid-19 test required

Inclusions and Exclusions

Included:

  • Accommodations at Arctic Watch and Arctic Haven based on standard rooms and double occupancy
  • Flight from Yellowknife to and from Arctic Watch/Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge and return to Yellowknife
  • Meals at Arctic Haven and Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodges
  • Daily Activities included: Wildlife/Nature Sightseeing; Hiking & Walking; Water Sports; Fishing; Cycling; Paddleboards, River Rafts, Sea & River Kayaks; Unimogs & ATVs
  • Baggage allowance of 20 kg per person, including carry-on
  • One helicopter supported excursion per trip for our guests. Additional flight time can be purchased ahead of time or onsite.

Not Included:

  • Any accommodation, tours, meals, gratuities (optional and ranges from $60-110 per day) not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcohol
  • Hotel nights in Yellowknife and any hotel incidentals (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
  • Costs associated with changes to your itinerary for reasons beyond our control

Program Enhancements

  • Charter Flight: Sea-Run Arctic Char Fishing in Creswell Bay

    $1,200 CAD person/per day

    Love fishing? Creswell Bay is one of the top locations to fish for Arctic char. Their biannual migration offers a world-class fishing opportunity just a forty-minute flight from Arctic Watch. The Arctic char range in size from six to twenty pounds. A minimum of two guests is required, maximum of ten.

  • Fly the Northwest Passage/Beechey Island

    $1,300 CAD person/per day

    Take to the sky and see the beautiful landscapes from above as you fly the Northwest Passage. Observe narwhal, bowhead and beluga whales, seals, and polar bear. If time and weather permits, you will land at and explore historic Beechey Island and visit the Franklin graves. In 1845, the Franklin Expedition searching for the Northwest Passage went horribly wrong. After wintering on Beechey Island, both the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were lost. All 129 men perished but what actually happened still remains a mystery. A minimum of seven guests is required.

  • Additional Helicopter Excursion at Arctic Haven

    $1,300 CAD person/per day

    Each guest receives one complimentary helicopter excursion (approximately one hour in duration) to explore Arctic Haven and the surrounding area. For guests interested in adventuring by helicopter some more, additional helicopter excursions are available to purchase per person/per day.

Arrival Instructions

Guests arrive independently in Yellowknife and proceed directly to the Explorer Hotel. Upon check-in you will be required to take a COVID-19 rapid test and wait in your hotel room for a negative result. Guests need to arrive into Yellowknife the day before the private charter departs for Arctic Watch on Day 1.

More about the Itinerary

In a single trip you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit both Arctic Watch and Arctic Haven. This exclusive adventure encompasses the best of what the Arctic has to offer from the midnight sun to the spectacular Northern Lights. First stop: Arctic Watch nestled along the shores of the Northwest Passage on Somerset Island. It’s a photographer’s paradise with belugas whales, polar bear, muskox, and more. Go rafting, paddle boarding, or kayaking on the Cunningham River. Visit archaeological sites, spectacular waterfalls, and canyons. Bike or hike the tundra and fish for Arctic char.

Second stop: Arctic Haven on the shores of Ennadai Lake in the Barren Grounds. The lodge is on the path of one of the last great caribou migrations, so the chances of a close encounter with a caribou is high. Hike and see the unique and stunning flora and fauna of a tree-line environment and its wildlife: bears, wolves, wolverines, and eagles. And experience some of the best fishing in the Arctic: grayling, northern pike, and lake trout. Enjoy the landscape and animals from the sky with a helicopter safari of Ennadai and its surrounding area.

About our Partnership with Weber Arctic

Adventure Canada is proud to partner with Weber Arctic. A Canadian, family-owned company—just like Adventure Canada—the Webers have been operating in the Arctic since the early 1990s and are experts in providing exceptional land-based tours. They offer a comfortable, family-friendly space and a wide array of daily activity options.

Our companies’ visions and values are a great match, as we are both committed to regenerative tourism practices, including sourcing local foods and protecting vulnerable Arctic ecosystems. We feel strongly about supporting other Canadian travel operators, especially now, and hope you will consider joining us on this specially organized tour with Weber Arctic.