Canada: Arctic Wilderness Lodge

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Spend a week at this unique Arctic Wilderness Lodge and world-class beluga whale observation site. Situated 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the lodge offers fully-guided opportunities for hiking, kayaking and exploring the Arctic tundra in all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Constructed and opened in 1992, the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is located in Cunnin...
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Enjoy a hike to Triple Waterfalls, a five-story torrent of free- falling water.
    • Yellowknife and meeting your fellow travelers to enjoy it
    • Visit the interpretive center fossils skeletal's Arctic fauna
    • See the collection of traditional Inuit clothing from Canada, Greenland and Siberia
    • Visit the Somerset Island canyons, formed as the result of shifting fault lines.
    • Sightings of seabirds, including Arctic terns and eider ducks, can be expected

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    Spend a week at this unique Arctic Wilderness Lodge and world-class beluga whale observation site. Situated 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the lodge offers fully-guided opportunities for hiking, kayaking and exploring the Arctic tundra in all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Constructed and opened in 1992, the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is located in Cunningham Inlet, on Somerset Island, in Nunavut, Canada’s largest and newest territory, which formally came into being in 1999. Arctic Watch offers a range of unique adventure travel experiences. Arctic Adventure Activities Looking for an active adventure? During this distinct Canadian adventure, you experience Arctic safaris, raft the Cunningham River, sea kayak with hundreds of beluga whales, hike the tundra, spot polar bears roaming the Northwest Passage, investigate the mysterious Thule ruins crafted from giant whale bones, fish for Arctic char and more. Led by experienced kayak guides, guests will paddle among icebergs, on the watch for ring and bearded seals and beluga whales. Sightings of sea birds, including arctic terns and eider ducks, can be expected. Discover Arctic Wildlife Observe muskox, polar bears plus more wildlife in their natural habitat while enjoying comfortable accommodations and superb food, all accessible within a short flight from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to Somerset Island in Nunavut, Canada.

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Details

Itinerary focusActive
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityYellowknife
End CityYellowknife

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Birding
  • Hiking & Walking
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Relaxing Retreats

Destinations

  • North America
  • Canada

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • History
  • Kayaking
  • Nature
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • Pre-expedition hotel night in Yellowknife and breakfast
    • Group transfer to and from charter flight to Arctic Watch lodge
    • Charter flight from Yellowknife to Arctic Watch lodge (return)
    • Post-expedition hotel night in Yellowknife and breakfast
    • Group transfers from your hotel to the airport for your charter flight (return)

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Travel Map

Day 1
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Enjoy an included night in Yellowknife and meeting your fellow travelers.

Day 2
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories We’ll meet early in the morning to board our private chartered plane to fly the 1,000 miles to the Arctic Watch Lodge.

Day 3
Arctic Watch Lodge, Summerset Island A typical first morning at the lodge may include receiving a hands-on introduction to driving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which are easy and fun to drive. Later, we may take a short hike to the Cunningham River estuary to watch belug...
Day 4
Arctic Watch Lodge Today we travel by ATV, crossing the Cunningham River Delta, and driving along the Muskox Ridge Trail, which provides a scenic overview of the entire area. It’s very likely that we’ll see muskox and pass by an impressive Arctic fox den where you may ha...
Day 5
Arctic Watch Lodge Today we may attempt to kayak in Cunningham Inlet. All equipment and basic instructions are provided. Paddle among icebergs, looking out for ring and bearded seals as well as beluga whales. Sightings of sea birds, including Arctic terns and eider ducks...
Day 6
Arctic Watch Lodge Today we’ll depart for a trip to Flatrock Falls, crossing the Cunningham River delta. There, you’ll have the option of hiking or travelling by Mercedes Unimog a (multi-purpose four-wheel drive truck). We’ll visit the Somerset Island canyons, formed as ...
Day 7
Arctic Watch Lodge Today we’ll set out on ATVs to Cape Anne where we’ll visit five Thule sites all along the coast and look for polar bears. The Thule culture were bowhead whale hunters, ancestors of today’s modern Inuit. The ride includes scenic vistas, icebergs, ancien...
Day 8
Arctic Watch Lodge The first leg of today’s journey will be by Mercedes Unimog truck. We’ll get to the Arctic Watch raft and kayak launch on the Cunningham River.

Day 9
Depart for Yellowknife Today, you’ll bid a fond farewell to the lodge team and the High Arctic. You may have time to take advantage of one last activity before we depart. In the late afternoon, the plane will arrive for the return flight back to Yellowknife. Upon arrival in Yellowknife you will be transferred to your included hotel.

Day 10
Yellowknife Today you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time in the Yellowknife area.

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Last Updated: 9/26/2018

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