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Program #21426RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
A good set of rubber boots, particularly a pair that you can wear for walking is the single most useful piece of gear. Rubber boots are the best footwear for the ATVs. When hiking or walking there are often small streams and wet areas to cross. See CLOTHING AND PACKING SUGGESTIONS for full details regarding appropriate clothing/footwear.

Itinerary for Aug 6 — Aug 16, 2014

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Type: Inn

Description: The Yellowknife Inn is conveniently located in the centre of downtown Yellowknife, just a ten minute shuttle ride from the Yellowknife Airport. This city centre location is within a few short blocks of many territorial offices including the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories, the Department of Health and Social Services as well as the Department of Finance and Aurora College. A short walk will also take you to most of the Federal Government buildings that house the offices of Indian and Northern Affairs, Fisheries and Oceans and Environment Canada. Stanton Territorial Hospital is located within ten minutes from the Yellowknife Inn. Sitting on the edge of the Arctic Circle and rich in cultural history, this area enjoys summers with practically 24 hours of daylight and incredible winter skies lit by the aurora borealis. Yellowknife was once a gold mining town and is now considered the diamond capital of North America,

Contact info:
PO Box 490
5010 49th Street
Yellowknife,, NT X1A 2N4 Canada
phone: 867-873-2601
web: www.yellowknifeinn.com

Room amenities: Our luxurious pillow top mattresses, white striped linens, plush duvets with designer cummerbunds and accent pillows (and blackout curtains) will ensure you a restful sleep. Experience the convenience of complimentary high-speed wireless internet access, work desks with ergonomic chairs, “LodgeNet” movies and music, and telephone voicemail. All our rooms are equipped with coffee/tea makers, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards.

Facility amenities: Business Centre, Access to fitness facility, Centre Square Mall (adjoining the hotel), 24 hour front desk staff and security. Key-Card access for elevator and guest room. On site L’Attitudes Restaurant and Mackenzie Lounge and Merle Norman Spa facilities. ATM Machine Complimentary airport shuttle (867-873-2601)

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel.
Contact hotel directly for rates and availability.


Day One: Wednesday, August 06 - Independent arrivals to Yellowknife/Orientation
Afternoon: Independent arrivals to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Orientation and introductions.

Lodging: The Yellowknife Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Yellowknife Inn is conveniently located in the centre of downtown Yellowknife, just a ten minute shuttle ride from the Yellowknife Airport. This city centre location is within a few short blocks of many territorial offices including the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories, the Department of Health and Social Services as well as the Department of Finance and Aurora College. A short walk will also take you to most of the Federal Government buildings that house the offices of Indian and Northern Affairs, Fisheries and Oceans and Environment Canada. Stanton Territorial Hospital is located within ten minutes from the Yellowknife Inn. Sitting on the edge of the Arctic Circle and rich in cultural history, this area enjoys summers with practically 24 hours of daylight and incredible winter skies lit by the aurora borealis. Yellowknife was once a gold mining town and is now considered the diamond capital of North America,

Contact info:
PO Box 490
5010 49th Street
Yellowknife,, NT X1A 2N4 Canada
phone: 867-873-2601
web: www.yellowknifeinn.com

Room amenities: Our luxurious pillow top mattresses, white striped linens, plush duvets with designer cummerbunds and accent pillows (and blackout curtains) will ensure you a restful sleep. Experience the convenience of complimentary high-speed wireless internet access, work desks with ergonomic chairs, “LodgeNet” movies and music, and telephone voicemail. All our rooms are equipped with coffee/tea makers, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards.

Facility amenities: Business Centre, Access to fitness facility, Centre Square Mall (adjoining the hotel), 24 hour front desk staff and security. Key-Card access for elevator and guest room. On site L’Attitudes Restaurant and Mackenzie Lounge and Merle Norman Spa facilities. ATM Machine Complimentary airport shuttle (867-873-2601)

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel.
Contact hotel directly for rates and availability.


Day Two: Thursday, August 07 - Prince of Wales Museum/Legislative Assembly of No...
Prince of Wales Museum/Legislative Assembly of Northwest Territories/Walking Yellowknife

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Visit the Prince of Wales Heritage Museum and learn about the history, background, and characteristics of the Dene and Inuit peoples, the Métis, and pioneer whites through artifacts; and talking, reciting, and singing slide presentations depicting the human struggle with an environment so incredibly harsh that survival alone seems an accomplishment. Meet with (Tom Andrews) an expert from the museum to hear about cultural explorations based upon the traditional travel routes of the Northwest Territories’ Aboriginal peoples. Tom will explore the relationship between people and the land and will highlight sites of cultural and historical significance throughout the territory that will be explored later in the program.

Lunch: Lunch at Prince of Wales Café.

Afternoon: Enjoy a private visit with former MLA to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. Thee beautifully designed building is one of the newest legislatures in Canada and is probably one of the most unique. Learn about consensus style of government and how it reflects the traditional values of the people of the territory. Observe the beautiful design of the building and how it highlights the values of consensus government.

Afternoon: Embark on a walking exploration of Old Town Yellowknife, discover Inuit Art, and explore the boardwalk. This walking exploration will introduce participants to the diverse culture and history of the northern city. Our guide will take participants through Old Town, the original city centre. This northern gem’s landscape and architecture creates a ruggedly romantic atmosphere. Around the shoreline there are quaint eateries, boat rentals and aboriginal arts and craft shops. Visit the historic Pilot’s Monument and enjoy the panoramic view of houseboats, floatplanes and the relatively new city center. Participants will have the opportunity to visit some of Yellowknife’s finest galleries which feature locally made moccasins, carvings, jewelry, birchbark baskets, dream catchers and paintings. Then walk along the trail - part-boardwalk, part-paved walkway flanked by Frame Lake that extends from Yellowknife’s hospital to lively downtown core.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: The Yellowknife Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Constructed and opened in 1992, the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is located in Cunningham Inlet, 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, on Somerset island, in Nunavut, Canada’s largest and newest territory, which formally came into being in 1999. It’s the most northerly fly-in lodge in the world and offers a level of accommodation that’s the equivalent to that of a five-star hotel in Nunavut. A world-class beluga whale observation site, Arctic Watch offers access to hiking, kayaking, Arctic safaris with muskox, polar bears, arctic foxes, birds and archeological sites. Guests can climb mountains, fish lakes, and hike through canyons, across tundra and around waterfalls. They travel across land and water by foot, sea kayak, raft, mountain bike and ATV (all-terrain vehicle). The vistas are immense and, since the lodge only accepts guests in the summer, it’s daylight 24 hours a day. A permanent “Sprung” structure, (www.sprung.com) the lodge’s walls are made of an innovative and incredibly tough and durable fabric that adheres to a tensioned membrane or framework. Modern and comfortable, the main complex houses a dining room, kitchen, lounge, library, an interpretive and museum centre, souvenir shop, shower facilities and an activities/gear room.

Contact info:
P.O. Box
Cunningham Inlet, NU Canada
phone: 855-459-1794
web: www.arcticwatch.ca

Room amenities: At Arctic Watch we have 16 cabins for guests. The maximum number of guests is 23 per week, and we have a limited number of single occupancy cabins at no supplement. Each cabin has 110 volt electricity, cold running water and a marine toilet. Each cabin is heated with a kerosene catalytic heater. Every night, our guests receive hot-water bottles to take with them as they bed down under thick duvets that keep them cozy and warm through the Arctic night. Showers are located in the main complex.

Facility amenities: The accommodations at Arctic Watch are the most comfortable remote facilities in the High Arctic with private cabins and even Internet communications. The staff are passionate, professional, expert and very caring. And the food is incredible, including local foods such as muskox and Arctic char. Every day starts with fresh hot muffins and ends with a hot shower and a glass of wine! The great room, which includes our lounge and interpretive centre, is home to an extensive Arctic library. Here guests will find a small interpretive centre, housing regional artifacts, traditional Inuit clothing and 42-million-year-old wood, bones and fossils. Detailed geological and geographical maps are also accessible at the centre. SPECIAL DIETS All the food at Arctic Watch is flown 1500 km from Yellowknife. Although the nearest grocery is that far away, we can provide vegetarian meals if requested. For those with special diets, such as “gluten free,” we will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable during your visit. Please be sure to let us know of your requirements well in advance

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Marine toilet in cabin; showers are located in the main complex.


Day Three: Friday, August 08 - Fly from Yellowknife to Arctic Watch/Arctic Watch...
Fly from Yellowknife to Arctic Watch/Arctic Watch Welcome Tour/Arctic Watch Welcome Dinner

Note: The charter plane from Yellowknife to Arctic Watch is either a Dash-8, a 38-passenger turbo-prop aircraft, or a Dornier 228, a 19-passenger turbo-prop aircraft.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Board a chartered plane in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and fly four-and-a-half hours to Arctic Watch, located on Somerset Island in Nunavut. While en route, enjoy light refreshments as you pass over the tree line, the barrens, and the enormous holes of the Diavak mine. After a quick stop for refueling in Cambridge Bay, land on Arctic Watch's private air strip to take a short walk over the tundra and a short raft ride across the Cunningham River to arrive at the lodge. After a tour of Arctic Watch's facilities, take some time to settle your luggage in your cabins.

Dinner: Assemble in the great room to be welcomed and to meet Arctic Circle's staff, and have dinner in a cozy dining room. Every night, Arctic Watch guests receive hot-water bottles to take with them as they bed down under thick duvets that keep them cozy and warm through the Arctic night.

Lodging: Arctic Watch Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Constructed and opened in 1992, the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is located in Cunningham Inlet, 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, on Somerset island, in Nunavut, Canada’s largest and newest territory, which formally came into being in 1999. It’s the most northerly fly-in lodge in the world and offers a level of accommodation that’s the equivalent to that of a five-star hotel in Nunavut. A world-class beluga whale observation site, Arctic Watch offers access to hiking, kayaking, Arctic safaris with muskox, polar bears, arctic foxes, birds and archeological sites. Guests can climb mountains, fish lakes, and hike through canyons, across tundra and around waterfalls. They travel across land and water by foot, sea kayak, raft, mountain bike and ATV (all-terrain vehicle). The vistas are immense and, since the lodge only accepts guests in the summer, it’s daylight 24 hours a day. A permanent “Sprung” structure, (www.sprung.com) the lodge’s walls are made of an innovative and incredibly tough and durable fabric that adheres to a tensioned membrane or framework. Modern and comfortable, the main complex houses a dining room, kitchen, lounge, library, an interpretive and museum centre, souvenir shop, shower facilities and an activities/gear room.

Contact info:
P.O. Box
Cunningham Inlet, NU Canada
phone: 855-459-1794
web: www.arcticwatch.ca

Room amenities: At Arctic Watch we have 16 cabins for guests. The maximum number of guests is 23 per week, and we have a limited number of single occupancy cabins at no supplement. Each cabin has 110 volt electricity, cold running water and a marine toilet. Each cabin is heated with a kerosene catalytic heater. Every night, our guests receive hot-water bottles to take with them as they bed down under thick duvets that keep them cozy and warm through the Arctic night. Showers are located in the main complex.

Facility amenities: The accommodations at Arctic Watch are the most comfortable remote facilities in the High Arctic with private cabins and even Internet communications. The staff are passionate, professional, expert and very caring. And the food is incredible, including local foods such as muskox and Arctic char. Every day starts with fresh hot muffins and ends with a hot shower and a glass of wine! The great room, which includes our lounge and interpretive centre, is home to an extensive Arctic library. Here guests will find a small interpretive centre, housing regional artifacts, traditional Inuit clothing and 42-million-year-old wood, bones and fossils. Detailed geological and geographical maps are also accessible at the centre. SPECIAL DIETS All the food at Arctic Watch is flown 1500 km from Yellowknife. Although the nearest grocery is that far away, we can provide vegetarian meals if requested. For those with special diets, such as “gluten free,” we will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable during your visit. Please be sure to let us know of your requirements well in advance

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Marine toilet in cabin; showers are located in the main complex.


Day Four: Saturday, August 09 - ATV Instruction/Beluga Whale Watching/Hike to Tri...
ATV Instruction/Beluga Whale Watching/Hike to Triple Waterfalls/Evening Free Time

Note: Activities at Arctic Watch can be varied according to abilities and fitness level allowing the group to split into different pacing and activity types according to individual preferences.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at 8:30am and typically includes fresh coffee, home-baked pastries, muffins, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, yogurt, muesli, French toast or pancakes with Quebec maple syrup, eggs, or double-smoked bacon and sausages.

Morning: Get a hands-on introduction to driving all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, before you hike a short distance to the Cunningham River estuary. There you'll have a chance to spot polar bear mothers and their cubs along the shoreline, waiting for the ice to form. You may even be able to see a beluga whale or two as they enjoy the last ice free days of the shallow waters around the inlet.

Lunch: Enjoy a nutritious lunch buffet that includes hot soups such as French-Canadian pea, leek, smoke tomato, potato, and cream of corn; freshly baked sourdough and rye breads; specialty meats and cheeses; fresh vegetables; and homemade desserts.

Afternoon: Hike to Triple Waterfalls, a five-story torrent of free-falling water, where you may be able to see nesting peregrine falcons, and other birds such as loons, snow buntings, sandpipers, and rough-legged hawks. Explore the nearby canyon for an introduction to the tiny beauty of wild Arctic flowers, and even encounter a muskox or two.

Dinner: Enjoy a hearty dinner that typically includes a main course of baked Arctic char, grilled muskox, barbecued pork tenderloin or other meats with side dishes of oven-roasted vegetables and fresh bread and a final delight of homemade desserts.

Evening: Free time for local exploration; delve into the library's selection of Arctic and polar titles or explore the interpretive center's collection of local fossils, skeletal remains of Arctic fauna, and traditional Inuit skin clothing from Canada, Greenland and Siberia.

Lodging: Arctic Watch Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Constructed and opened in 1992, the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is located in Cunningham Inlet, 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, on Somerset island, in Nunavut, Canada’s largest and newest territory, which formally came into being in 1999. It’s the most northerly fly-in lodge in the world and offers a level of accommodation that’s the equivalent to that of a five-star hotel in Nunavut. A world-class beluga whale observation site, Arctic Watch offers access to hiking, kayaking, Arctic safaris with muskox, polar bears, arctic foxes, birds and archeological sites. Guests can climb mountains, fish lakes, and hike through canyons, across tundra and around waterfalls. They travel across land and water by foot, sea kayak, raft, mountain bike and ATV (all-terrain vehicle). The vistas are immense and, since the lodge only accepts guests in the summer, it’s daylight 24 hours a day. A permanent “Sprung” structure, (www.sprung.com) the lodge’s walls are made of an innovative and incredibly tough and durable fabric that adheres to a tensioned membrane or framework. Modern and comfortable, the main complex houses a dining room, kitchen, lounge, library, an interpretive and museum centre, souvenir shop, shower facilities and an activities/gear room.

Contact info:
P.O. Box
Cunningham Inlet, NU Canada
phone: 855-459-1794
web: www.arcticwatch.ca

Room amenities: At Arctic Watch we have 16 cabins for guests. The maximum number of guests is 23 per week, and we have a limited number of single occupancy cabins at no supplement. Each cabin has 110 volt electricity, cold running water and a marine toilet. Each cabin is heated with a kerosene catalytic heater. Every night, our guests receive hot-water bottles to take with them as they bed down under thick duvets that keep them cozy and warm through the Arctic night. Showers are located in the main complex.

Facility amenities: The accommodations at Arctic Watch are the most comfortable remote facilities in the High Arctic with private cabins and even Internet communications. The staff are passionate, professional, expert and very caring. And the food is incredible, including local foods such as muskox and Arctic char. Every day starts with fresh hot muffins and ends with a hot shower and a glass of wine! The great room, which includes our lounge and interpretive centre, is home to an extensive Arctic library. Here guests will find a small interpretive centre, housing regional artifacts, traditional Inuit clothing and 42-million-year-old wood, bones and fossils. Detailed geological and geographical maps are also accessible at the centre. SPECIAL DIETS All the food at Arctic Watch is flown 1500 km from Yellowknife. Although the nearest grocery is that far away, we can provide vegetarian meals if requested. For those with special diets, such as “gluten free,” we will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable during your visit. Please be sure to let us know of your requirements well in advance

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Marine toilet in cabin; showers are located in the main complex.


Day Five: Sunday, August 10 - Travel by ATV along Muskox Ridge Trail/Picnic Lun...
Travel by ATV along Muskox Ridge Trail/Picnic Lunch and Fishing at Inukshuk Lake/Explore River Trail/Lecture by Richard Weber

Note: Activities at Arctic Watch can be varied according to abilities and fitness level allowing the group to split into different pacing and activity types according to individual preferences.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at 8:30am and typically includes fresh coffee, home-baked pastries, muffins, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, yogurt, muesli, French toast or pancakes with Quebec maple syrup, eggs, or double-smoked bacon and sausages.

Morning: Cross the Cunningham River delta by ATV and drive along the Muskox Ridge Trail, taking in the scenic overviews of the area. Chances of seeing rutting muskoxen in this area is very high. Muskoxen rutting season brings together competing bulls, who roar, charge and headbutt each other for a chance to establish their own harem of cows. Along the trail, pass by an Arctic fox den where you may even have the opportunity to watch fox cubs at play.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at an Arctic Watch shelter on Inukshuk Lake.

Afternoon: Gear will be provided for you to have the opportunity to catch-and-release Arctic char. Afterwards, return to the lodge on the ATVs via the River Trail, which offers views of hoodoos, or sculpted sand pillars, and local coals deposits. Along the way, take side trips on foot to explore the local canyons for a chance to spot arctic birds such as snowy owls, snow geese, and more.

Dinner: Enjoy a hearty dinner that typically includes a main course of baked Arctic char, grilled muskox, barbecued pork tenderloin or other meats with side dishes of oven-roasted vegetables and fresh bread and a final delight of homemade desserts.

Evening: Engage in a lecture given by internationally recognized polar explorer and owner of Arctic Watch, Richard Weber. Listen as he recounts his North Pole adventures, including his historic unassisted journey to the North Pole and back in 1995 - a feat that has never been repeated.

Lodging: Arctic Watch Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Constructed and opened in 1992, the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is located in Cunningham Inlet, 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, on Somerset island, in Nunavut, Canada’s largest and newest territory, which formally came into being in 1999. It’s the most northerly fly-in lodge in the world and offers a level of accommodation that’s the equivalent to that of a five-star hotel in Nunavut. A world-class beluga whale observation site, Arctic Watch offers access to hiking, kayaking, Arctic safaris with muskox, polar bears, arctic foxes, birds and archeological sites. Guests can climb mountains, fish lakes, and hike through canyons, across tundra and around waterfalls. They travel across land and water by foot, sea kayak, raft, mountain bike and ATV (all-terrain vehicle). The vistas are immense and, since the lodge only accepts guests in the summer, it’s daylight 24 hours a day. A permanent “Sprung” structure, (www.sprung.com) the lodge’s walls are made of an innovative and incredibly tough and durable fabric that adheres to a tensioned membrane or framework. Modern and comfortable, the main complex houses a dining room, kitchen, lounge, library, an interpretive and museum centre, souvenir shop, shower facilities and an activities/gear room.

Contact info:
P.O. Box
Cunningham Inlet, NU Canada
phone: 855-459-1794
web: www.arcticwatch.ca

Room amenities: At Arctic Watch we have 16 cabins for guests. The maximum number of guests is 23 per week, and we have a limited number of single occupancy cabins at no supplement. Each cabin has 110 volt electricity, cold running water and a marine toilet. Each cabin is heated with a kerosene catalytic heater. Every night, our guests receive hot-water bottles to take with them as they bed down under thick duvets that keep them cozy and warm through the Arctic night. Showers are located in the main complex.

Facility amenities: The accommodations at Arctic Watch are the most comfortable remote facilities in the High Arctic with private cabins and even Internet communications. The staff are passionate, professional, expert and very caring. And the food is incredible, including local foods such as muskox and Arctic char. Every day starts with fresh hot muffins and ends with a hot shower and a glass of wine! The great room, which includes our lounge and interpretive centre, is home to an extensive Arctic library. Here guests will find a small interpretive centre, housing regional artifacts, traditional Inuit clothing and 42-million-year-old wood, bones and fossils. Detailed geological and geographical maps are also accessible at the centre. SPECIAL DIETS All the food at Arctic Watch is flown 1500 km from Yellowknife. Although the nearest grocery is that far away, we can provide vegetarian meals if requested. For those with special diets, such as “gluten free,” we will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable during your visit. Please be sure to let us know of your requirements well in advance

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Marine toilet in cabin; showers are located in the main complex.


Day Six: Monday, August 11 - Kayaking in Cunningham Inlet/Beluga Whale Watchin...
Kayaking in Cunningham Inlet/Beluga Whale Watching/Beluga Whale Lecture

Note: Most of the kayaks are for two people (doubles). If you have no experience, we will put you with a guide or someone with experience. The boats are extremely stable. If conditions are windy or wavy, we will not go out. All the gear you will need to go sea kayaking is at Arctic Watch, including dry suits, paddles and PFDs.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at 8:30am and typically includes fresh coffee, home-baked pastries, muffins, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, yogurt, muesli, French toast or pancakes with Quebec maple syrup, eggs, or double-smoked bacon and sausages.

Morning: With basic instruction and all equipment provided, go sea kayaking in Cunningham Inlet. Paddle among icebergs, ring seals, bearded seals, and watch for any lingering beluga whales. You may even spot a sea bird or two, including Arctic terns and eider ducks. Take a small hike to explore Kayak Falls, a local canyon. Delight in stunning views of the Northwest Passage, where you may have the opportunity to see polar bears awaiting the sea ice formation.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on the shoreline.

Afternoon: After lunch, return to the Cunningham River estuary to look for wildlife. As the ice floes return, the beluga whales leave and the polar bears take center stage. The changing landscape and weather in the Arctic brings with it a change in the animals who are specially adapted to such harsh conditions.

Dinner: Enjoy a hearty dinner that typically includes a main course of baked Arctic char, grilled muskox, barbecued pork tenderloin or other meats with side dishes of oven-roasted vegetables and fresh bread and a final delight of homemade desserts.

Evening: After a stimulating day on the water observing Arctic wildlife, listen to a lecture about the exciting research being conducted at Cunningham Inlet. You may even have a chance to speak with Arctic experts, and learn first-hand how the animals respond to the changing conditions.

Lodging: Arctic Watch Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Constructed and opened in 1992, the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is located in Cunningham Inlet, 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, on Somerset island, in Nunavut, Canada’s largest and newest territory, which formally came into being in 1999. It’s the most northerly fly-in lodge in the world and offers a level of accommodation that’s the equivalent to that of a five-star hotel in Nunavut. A world-class beluga whale observation site, Arctic Watch offers access to hiking, kayaking, Arctic safaris with muskox, polar bears, arctic foxes, birds and archeological sites. Guests can climb mountains, fish lakes, and hike through canyons, across tundra and around waterfalls. They travel across land and water by foot, sea kayak, raft, mountain bike and ATV (all-terrain vehicle). The vistas are immense and, since the lodge only accepts guests in the summer, it’s daylight 24 hours a day. A permanent “Sprung” structure, (www.sprung.com) the lodge’s walls are made of an innovative and incredibly tough and durable fabric that adheres to a tensioned membrane or framework. Modern and comfortable, the main complex houses a dining room, kitchen, lounge, library, an interpretive and museum centre, souvenir shop, shower facilities and an activities/gear room.

Contact info:
P.O. Box
Cunningham Inlet, NU Canada
phone: 855-459-1794
web: www.arcticwatch.ca

Room amenities: At Arctic Watch we have 16 cabins for guests. The maximum number of guests is 23 per week, and we have a limited number of single occupancy cabins at no supplement. Each cabin has 110 volt electricity, cold running water and a marine toilet. Each cabin is heated with a kerosene catalytic heater. Every night, our guests receive hot-water bottles to take with them as they bed down under thick duvets that keep them cozy and warm through the Arctic night. Showers are located in the main complex.

Facility amenities: The accommodations at Arctic Watch are the most comfortable remote facilities in the High Arctic with private cabins and even Internet communications. The staff are passionate, professional, expert and very caring. And the food is incredible, including local foods such as muskox and Arctic char. Every day starts with fresh hot muffins and ends with a hot shower and a glass of wine! The great room, which includes our lounge and interpretive centre, is home to an extensive Arctic library. Here guests will find a small interpretive centre, housing regional artifacts, traditional Inuit clothing and 42-million-year-old wood, bones and fossils. Detailed geological and geographical maps are also accessible at the centre. SPECIAL DIETS All the food at Arctic Watch is flown 1500 km from Yellowknife. Although the nearest grocery is that far away, we can provide vegetarian meals if requested. For those with special diets, such as “gluten free,” we will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable during your visit. Please be sure to let us know of your requirements well in advance

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Marine toilet in cabin; showers are located in the main complex.


Day Seven: Tuesday, August 12 - Explore the Unnamed Somerset Island Canyons/Picni...
Explore the Unnamed Somerset Island Canyons/Picnic Lunch/Travel to Gull Canyon/Evening Lecture

Note: Activities at Arctic Watch can be varied according to abilities and fitness level allowing the group to split into different pacing and activity types according to individual preferences.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at 8:30am and typically includes fresh coffee, home-baked pastries, muffins, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, yogurt, muesli, French toast or pancakes with Quebec maple syrup, eggs, or double-smoked bacon and sausages.

Morning: Cross the Cunningham River delta for a trip to Flatrock Falls. There you will have the option to hike or travel by Mercedes Unimog truck to the unnamed Somerset Island canyons. These canyons, with their mostly vertical walls that range from 200 to 1,000 feet, were formed from shifting fault lines. There you will have the opportunity to see the millions of prehistoric plant and animal fossils that litter the ground. You may even have the opportunity to observe the nesting sits of local birds, such as terns, plovers and snow geese.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch on the flat rocks that surround the canyons.

Afternoon: Travel to Gull Canyon, named by Arctic Watch owners Richard and Josée Auclair, where you can observe the striking biological differences between barren canyon and lush hull rookery. This canyon has recently been visited by the Canadian Wildlife Service and was claimed to be a unique and special micro-ecosystem.

Dinner: Enjoy a hearty dinner that typically includes a main course of baked Arctic char, grilled muskox, barbecued pork tenderloin or other meats with side dishes of oven-roasted vegetables and fresh bread and a final delight of homemade desserts.

Evening: Back at the lodge; delight in an informal lecture given by Arctic Watch's house scientist.

Lodging: Arctic Watch Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Constructed and opened in 1992, the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is located in Cunningham Inlet, 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, on Somerset island, in Nunavut, Canada’s largest and newest territory, which formally came into being in 1999. It’s the most northerly fly-in lodge in the world and offers a level of accommodation that’s the equivalent to that of a five-star hotel in Nunavut. A world-class beluga whale observation site, Arctic Watch offers access to hiking, kayaking, Arctic safaris with muskox, polar bears, arctic foxes, birds and archeological sites. Guests can climb mountains, fish lakes, and hike through canyons, across tundra and around waterfalls. They travel across land and water by foot, sea kayak, raft, mountain bike and ATV (all-terrain vehicle). The vistas are immense and, since the lodge only accepts guests in the summer, it’s daylight 24 hours a day. A permanent “Sprung” structure, (www.sprung.com) the lodge’s walls are made of an innovative and incredibly tough and durable fabric that adheres to a tensioned membrane or framework. Modern and comfortable, the main complex houses a dining room, kitchen, lounge, library, an interpretive and museum centre, souvenir shop, shower facilities and an activities/gear room.

Contact info:
P.O. Box
Cunningham Inlet, NU Canada
phone: 855-459-1794
web: www.arcticwatch.ca

Room amenities: At Arctic Watch we have 16 cabins for guests. The maximum number of guests is 23 per week, and we have a limited number of single occupancy cabins at no supplement. Each cabin has 110 volt electricity, cold running water and a marine toilet. Each cabin is heated with a kerosene catalytic heater. Every night, our guests receive hot-water bottles to take with them as they bed down under thick duvets that keep them cozy and warm through the Arctic night. Showers are located in the main complex.

Facility amenities: The accommodations at Arctic Watch are the most comfortable remote facilities in the High Arctic with private cabins and even Internet communications. The staff are passionate, professional, expert and very caring. And the food is incredible, including local foods such as muskox and Arctic char. Every day starts with fresh hot muffins and ends with a hot shower and a glass of wine! The great room, which includes our lounge and interpretive centre, is home to an extensive Arctic library. Here guests will find a small interpretive centre, housing regional artifacts, traditional Inuit clothing and 42-million-year-old wood, bones and fossils. Detailed geological and geographical maps are also accessible at the centre. SPECIAL DIETS All the food at Arctic Watch is flown 1500 km from Yellowknife. Although the nearest grocery is that far away, we can provide vegetarian meals if requested. For those with special diets, such as “gluten free,” we will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable during your visit. Please be sure to let us know of your requirements well in advance

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Marine toilet in cabin; showers are located in the main complex.


Day Eight: Wednesday, August 13 - ATV Excursion to Cape Anne/Explore Remains of Anc...
ATV Excursion to Cape Anne/Explore Remains of Ancient Thule Culture/Lecture by Richard Weber

Note: Activities at Arctic Watch can be varied according to abilities and fitness level allowing the group to split into different pacing and activity types according to individual preferences.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at 8:30am and typically includes fresh coffee, home-baked pastries, muffins, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, yogurt, muesli, French toast or pancakes with Quebec maple syrup, eggs, or double-smoked bacon and sausages.

Morning: Leave Arctic Watch by ATV for Cape Anne to look for polar bears and visit the five Thule sits along the coast. The Thule culture was a bowhead-whale-hunting culture, and were the ancestors of today's modern Inuit. The Thule site at Cape Anne is the largest in the area and includes the remains of 15 stone and bone houses. Polar bears can often be seen wandering the coast and waiting for the ice to return. Along the way, be awed by scenic vistas and views of icebergs, and make use of stops and side excursions to explore ancient Inuit campsites and prehistoric giant whalebones.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch amidst the magnificent Arctic scenery.

Afternoon: Return to the lodge via the Red Valley, and be inspired by the magnitude of the landscape.

Dinner: Enjoy a hearty dinner that typically includes a main course of baked Arctic char, grilled muskox, barbecued pork tenderloin or other meats with side dishes of oven-roasted vegetables and fresh bread and a final delight of homemade desserts.

Evening: Relax with a lecture given by Richard Weber, which includes stunning images and fascinating stories of Arctic expeditions to Baffin, Ellesmere and other high arctic islands.

Lodging: Arctic Watch Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Constructed and opened in 1992, the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is located in Cunningham Inlet, 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, on Somerset island, in Nunavut, Canada’s largest and newest territory, which formally came into being in 1999. It’s the most northerly fly-in lodge in the world and offers a level of accommodation that’s the equivalent to that of a five-star hotel in Nunavut. A world-class beluga whale observation site, Arctic Watch offers access to hiking, kayaking, Arctic safaris with muskox, polar bears, arctic foxes, birds and archeological sites. Guests can climb mountains, fish lakes, and hike through canyons, across tundra and around waterfalls. They travel across land and water by foot, sea kayak, raft, mountain bike and ATV (all-terrain vehicle). The vistas are immense and, since the lodge only accepts guests in the summer, it’s daylight 24 hours a day. A permanent “Sprung” structure, (www.sprung.com) the lodge’s walls are made of an innovative and incredibly tough and durable fabric that adheres to a tensioned membrane or framework. Modern and comfortable, the main complex houses a dining room, kitchen, lounge, library, an interpretive and museum centre, souvenir shop, shower facilities and an activities/gear room.

Contact info:
P.O. Box
Cunningham Inlet, NU Canada
phone: 855-459-1794
web: www.arcticwatch.ca

Room amenities: At Arctic Watch we have 16 cabins for guests. The maximum number of guests is 23 per week, and we have a limited number of single occupancy cabins at no supplement. Each cabin has 110 volt electricity, cold running water and a marine toilet. Each cabin is heated with a kerosene catalytic heater. Every night, our guests receive hot-water bottles to take with them as they bed down under thick duvets that keep them cozy and warm through the Arctic night. Showers are located in the main complex.

Facility amenities: The accommodations at Arctic Watch are the most comfortable remote facilities in the High Arctic with private cabins and even Internet communications. The staff are passionate, professional, expert and very caring. And the food is incredible, including local foods such as muskox and Arctic char. Every day starts with fresh hot muffins and ends with a hot shower and a glass of wine! The great room, which includes our lounge and interpretive centre, is home to an extensive Arctic library. Here guests will find a small interpretive centre, housing regional artifacts, traditional Inuit clothing and 42-million-year-old wood, bones and fossils. Detailed geological and geographical maps are also accessible at the centre. SPECIAL DIETS All the food at Arctic Watch is flown 1500 km from Yellowknife. Although the nearest grocery is that far away, we can provide vegetarian meals if requested. For those with special diets, such as “gluten free,” we will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable during your visit. Please be sure to let us know of your requirements well in advance

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Marine toilet in cabin; showers are located in the main complex.


Day Nine: Thursday, August 14 - Hike, Raft, and Kayak along Cunningham River/Fina...
Note: No experience required for the sea kayaking. Most of the kayaks are for two people (doubles). If you have no experience, we will put you with a guide or someone with experience. The boats are extremely stable. If conditions are windy or wavy, we will not go out.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at 8:30am and typically includes fresh coffee, home-baked pastries, muffins, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, yogurt, muesli, French toast or pancakes with Quebec maple syrup, eggs, or double-smoked bacon and sausages.

Morning: Journey to Arctic watch's kayak and raft put-in on the Cunningham River, approximately 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the lodge. Travel by Mercedes Unimog truck for the first leg of the journey, and complete the last 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) by foot. This hike will take us through the Badlands and past the 8,000-year-old skeletal remains of two bowhead whales. Along the trek, you may encounter muskox, snow geese, jaegers, arctic foxes, sandpipers, and rough-legged hawks.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach beside the river while staff prepare the rafts and kayaks.

Afternoon: Choose between paddling your own kayak or travelling by raft to return to Arctic Watch by way of the Cunningham River. The river is swift flowing crystal clear water with no difficult sections or rapids, and the views from the water include steep canyon walls and a 180-degree turn. Expect to be on the water for two to three hours.

Dinner: Enjoy a hearty dinner that typically includes a main course of baked Arctic char, grilled muskox, barbecued pork tenderloin or other meats with side dishes of oven-roasted vegetables and fresh bread and a final delight of homemade desserts.

Evening: Free time for local exploration; delve into the library's selection of Arctic and polar titles or explore the interpretive center's collection of local fossils, skeletal remains of Arctic fauna, and traditional Inuit skin clothing from Canada, Greenland and Siberia.

Lodging: Arctic Watch Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Yellowknife Inn is conveniently located in the centre of downtown Yellowknife, just a ten minute shuttle ride from the Yellowknife Airport. This city centre location is within a few short blocks of many territorial offices including the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories, the Department of Health and Social Services as well as the Department of Finance and Aurora College. A short walk will also take you to most of the Federal Government buildings that house the offices of Indian and Northern Affairs, Fisheries and Oceans and Environment Canada. Stanton Territorial Hospital is located within ten minutes from the Yellowknife Inn. Sitting on the edge of the Arctic Circle and rich in cultural history, this area enjoys summers with practically 24 hours of daylight and incredible winter skies lit by the aurora borealis. Yellowknife was once a gold mining town and is now considered the diamond capital of North America,

Contact info:
PO Box 490
5010 49th Street
Yellowknife,, NT X1A 2N4 Canada
phone: 867-873-2601
web: www.yellowknifeinn.com

Room amenities: Our luxurious pillow top mattresses, white striped linens, plush duvets with designer cummerbunds and accent pillows (and blackout curtains) will ensure you a restful sleep. Experience the convenience of complimentary high-speed wireless internet access, work desks with ergonomic chairs, “LodgeNet” movies and music, and telephone voicemail. All our rooms are equipped with coffee/tea makers, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards.

Facility amenities: Business Centre, Access to fitness facility, Centre Square Mall (adjoining the hotel), 24 hour front desk staff and security. Key-Card access for elevator and guest room. On site L’Attitudes Restaurant and Mackenzie Lounge and Merle Norman Spa facilities. ATM Machine Complimentary airport shuttle (867-873-2601)

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel.
Contact hotel directly for rates and availability.


Day Ten: Friday, August 15 - Final Day on Somerset Island/Flight back to Yello...
Note: Activities at Arctic Watch can be varied according to abilities and fitness level allowing the group to split into different pacing and activity types according to individual preferences.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at 8:30am and typically includes fresh coffee, home-baked pastries, muffins, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, yogurt, muesli, French toast or pancakes with Quebec maple syrup, eggs, or double-smoked bacon and sausages.

Morning: Free time to repeat an activity from the week or explore the library's selection of Arctic and polar titles or the interpretive center's collection of local fossils, skeletal remains of Arctic fauna, and traditional Inuit skin clothing from Canada, Greenland and Siberia.

Lunch: Enjoy your final meal at Arctic Watch.

Afternoon: Fly back to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: The Yellowknife Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Saturday, August 16 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Departures from Yellowknife, NWT.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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