Caribou

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Itinerary and Pricing Land Tour
Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge

August 23 to August 29, 2021

September 4 to September 10, 2021

$9,795 CAD + 5 % tax

Map

Arctic Haven Lodge Map

Itinerary

  • Arctic haven under the aurora borealis

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    Day 1: Ennadai Lake, Nunavut, Canada
    The Adventure Begins

    You'll depart Yellowknife at 2:00p.m. from the Air Tindi hangar, where you will board a private charter for the two-hour flight to Arctic Haven. Upon arrival you will meet the team and be given a short introduction to what can be expected during your stay at Arctic Haven. After settling into your rooms, dinner will be served family style. In the evening there will be time to walk the tundra, unwind in the wood fired sauna, and take in the Northern Lights.

    Dinner included.

  • Guest taking a photo of a caribou

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    Day 2: Ennadai Lake
    Photograph Wildlife & Visit Archaeological Sites

    Breakfast is served daily at 8:30 am. 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, and an informal lecture by Richard Weber on his North Pole expeditions, highlighting his historic (and unrepeated) 1995 unassisted journey. There will be the opportunity to unwind in the wood fired sauna and take in the Northern Lights.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Helicopter assisted adventure

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    Day 3: Ennadai Lake
    Fly by Helicopter to Blind Hill Esker

    Start the day with a helicopter flight to the top of the Blind Hill esker. Go from the soft, wet blueberry flats to an ancient, dry caribou trail to an open tundra ridge overlooking the lakes and land below. Stop for lunch in a sheltered forest gully. Continue on over rolling terrain to reach an ancient stone Inuit hunting blind. A variety of berries—lingon, crow, and blueberries— cover the ground and guests are welcome to harvest blueberries which our culinary team will incorporate into one of the meals.

    At the end of the hike, we will return back to the lodge via boat and enjoy the scenery along the lakeshore. After another delicious 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.

  • Swimming caribou

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    Day 4: Ennadai Lake
    Spot Caribou at Ennadai Lake’s North Arm

    Board one of the boats and head to the North Arm to explore the far reaches of Ennadai Lake where caribou are most frequently seen on land or swimming between islands. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the sandy beaches of Paradise Island. Arctic Haven has a remote camp in this area, so staying for the night is an option (but must be pre-booked in advance). Take a short hike up to Big Bear—the highest point on the lake, where the bedrock is exposed. It’s a fantastic vista.

    Back at the lodge, Nansen Weber will give an informal lecture on his experiences photographing the Barren Lands. Enjoy a sauna or the Northern Lights before tucking in for the night.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Casting from a fishing boat

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    Day 5: 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—it is inspired by stories from around the world about the aurora borealis.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Biking

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    Day 6: Ennadai Lake
    Mountain Bike or Sea Kayak

    An active day of fat biking along the expansive northern esker is a great option for a clear sunny day. 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.

    Leaving the lodge by bike and 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.

  • Packrafting the kazan river

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    Day 7: Ennadai Lake, Nunavut, Canada
    Boat and Hike the Kazan River

    On your final day we will take a short boat ride up the Kazan River. Here, the tundra turns to forest and birch, black spruce, and tamarack trees dominate the landscape. Moose have been spotted in this marshy forested area, along with tundra swans. A hiking option is available for those who would like to stretch their legs before the afternoon flight back to Yellowknife, while others might opt to enjoy the peaceful stroll along the Kazan river or fish for grayling.

    Breakfast and lunch included.

Accommodation

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    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

    Twelve private guest rooms welcome adventurers who visit the Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge. With a small group focus and an average of 1 to 1.5 staff to guest ratio, the lodge provides an intimate environment. 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 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 Haven Wilderness Lodge

    August 23 to August 29, 2021

    September 4 to September 10, 2021

    $9,795 CAD + 5 % tax

  • Single Supplement: Contact us for more details

  • Starts: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

    Ends: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

  • Flights

    • Flight included: From Yellowknife to Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge and return to Yellowknife.

  • Tour duration: 7 days
  • Group size: 24 guests
  • Fitness Level: Moderate
  • Staff to Guest Ratio: Average of 1 to 1.5
  • Covid-19: Negative Covid-19 test required
  • Accommodation: 12 private rooms

Inclusions and Exclusions

Included:

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

Not Included:

  • Commercial airfare to Yellowknife, NT
  • Mandatory emergency medical evacuation insurance. Cancellation & Interruption is highly recommended.
  • Additional helicopter tours
  • Any accommodation, tours, meals, gratuities (optional and ranges from $60-110 per day) not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcohol
  • Hotel accommodation in Yellowknife and hotel incidentals (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
  • Costs associated with changes to your itinerary for reasons beyond our control

Program Enhancements

  • Additional Helicopter Excursion

    $1,300 CAD person/per day

    Each guest receives one complimentary helicopter excursion 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 Information

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. It is recommended that guests arrive in Yellowknife the day before the private charter departs for Arctic Haven.

Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations before 180 days prior to the departure date will receive a full refund less a $500 CAD administration fee, per person. Any cancellations after that are not eligible for a refund. ADD-ON POLICY: If an Add-On trip is cancelled due to weather or insufficient numbers, everyone who signed up will receive a full refund. To ensure a stress-free adventure, we recommend guests purchase Cancellation and Interruption travel insurance prior to visiting the Arctic.

More about the Itinerary

Observe one of the largest caribou herds in North American as they roam the Arctic Barrens. The Qamanirjuaq caribou herd passes by Arctic Haven Lodge as they migrate between the northern calving grounds and the tree-line. A herd in the hundreds of thousands strong, they can be seen grazing in small groups against the spectacular fall colours on the tundra and at times may walk within metres of you. Behold the majestic Northern Lights and the spectacular reds, greens, and golds of autumn on the tundra.

In the wild and unpredictable Arctic, weather patterns and wildlife can disrupt even the best-laid plans. All of our itineraries are "suggested"—we strive to ensure your visit to Arctic Haven is a trip of a lifetime and showcases the variety of activities and sights Arctic Haven has to offer. Each day’s activities take into consideration the dynamic environment we operate within and may not always reflect the suggested itinerary outlined.

Each lodge adventure includes one day of helicopter supported exploration. (Guests have the option to purchase additional flight time onsite if they prefer to utilize the helicopter for greater periods of time.) This allows you to access more terrain and make the most of what the Arctic Barren Lands has to offer. Weather permitting, a helicopter on site is used as a shuttle to extend our range and access remote points from where we launch the day’s excursion.

Helicopter supported adventures include: trekking and biking the winding caribou trails etched into the tundra; fly fishing for Arctic grayling and lake trout in clear cold streams; photographing the caribou, wolves, wolverines, and other wildlife that make their home in the Arctic Barren Lands.

As part of our adventure toolkit, we also set off from the lodge in boats, on foot, or in all-terrain vehicles, where we visit archaeological sites dating to pre-contact, search for wildlife, and explore the stunning scenery of the tundra. At day’s end, enjoy a feast prepared by our culinary team followed by a sauna on the lake.

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.

Adventure Canada itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather, ice, and sea conditions