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Once in a Lifetime: An Unforgettable Wilderness Adventure in the Remote High Arctic

Program Number: 21426RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/6/2014 - 8/16/2014;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories,
Price starting at: $8,495.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History; Outdoor Adventures, Misc.; Science & Nature
Meals: 28; 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 10 Dinners    

From the gateway of Yellowknife, journey by private charter aircraft 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle and more than 50 miles from the nearest town on an adventure into the high Arctic. You needn't be an experienced explorer to take on this landscape of muskox, polar bears, beluga whales and more: Arctic Watch Lodge provides hotel-level accommodations and the comforts of home while you embark on an expert-led, weeklong safari amid the beauty of the Arctic. Cross the wilderness by ATV while observing Arctic wildlife, catch and release Arctic char, go sea kayaking among icebergs and seals in search of polar bears and much, much more. Your adventure is hosted by groundbreaking scientists and other experts on this wondrous part of the world, as well as Arctic Watch’s co-owner and celebrated Arctic explorer Richard Weber.




Highlights

• Aboard a private aircraft, fly from Yellowknife over the tree line, barrens and Diavik mine to a private airstrip, then walk over the tundra and raft across the Cunningham River to Arctic Watch.
• Journey to Cape Anne in search of polar bears and visit the archaeological remains of 15 stone-and-bone houses constructed by the Thule, ancestors of the Inuit who hunted the bowhead whale.
• Meet Arctic experts and hear about research conducted at this world-class observation site, where muskoxen rut, belgua whales return to open waters, and polar bears wait for ice floes in and around the Cunningham River.



An instructor:guest ratio of 1:2 enables Arctic Watch to tailor activities and terrain to all levels of ability and fitness. Typically two to three excursions a day are offered at Arctic Watch, matching the abilities and interests of each guest.




Date Specific Information

8-6-2014

Due to very limited inventory on this program, room mate matching is now available only on a waitlist/request basis.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Yellowknife, 2 nights; private charter aircraft to Somerset Island, Nunavut, 7 nights; private charter aircraft to Yellowknife, Northwest Territory, 1 night; departure.




Accommodations
The most comfortable remote facilities in the high Arctic with private cabins, hot showers, Internet access and other modern amenities.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Yellowknife Inn
  Yellowknife, Northwest Territories 2 nights
   Arctic Watch Lodge
  Cunningham Inlet 7 nights
   The Yellowknife Inn
  Yellowknife, Northwest Territories 1 night
 The Yellowknife Inn
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel. Contact hotel directly for rates and availability.
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel. Contact hotel directly for rates and availability.

 Arctic Watch Lodge
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 allowed: No
  Bathroom: Marine toilet in cabin; showers are located in the main complex.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrivals, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. You will be staying at The Yellowknife Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada You will be staying at The Yellowknife Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking in Yellowknife, NWT.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
  From End of Program
  Location: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Yellowknife

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Yellowknife Inn shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free of charge for guests
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Free hotel shuttle from Yellowknife airport to the hotel.

 

Yellowknife

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Yellowknife Inn shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free of charge for guests
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Free shuttle from the hotel to Yellowknife airport.

 
Driving Directions
  From the South/Alberta As you cross the border into the North West Territories from Alberta, continue on the MacKenzie Highway (HWY #1) for 186 kilometers. Turn right onto the Yellowknife Highway (HWY #3) and follow the Yellowknife Highway for 25 kilometers to the MacKenzie Ferry (Ice Bridge used during winter months). Continue on the Yellowknife Highway (HWY #3) until you reach the city of Yellowknife, approximately 313 kilometers. As you enter the city and pass the Yellowknife Airport, turn right onto Highway #4 for 2 kilometers. Turn right on 50th Avenue for 1 block and then turn left onto 49th Street to the Yellowknife Inn.
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.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent arrivals to Yellowknife/Orientation
(Wednesday, August 6)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Orientation and introductions.
   
Accommodations: The Yellowknife Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Prince of Wales Museum/Legislative Assembly of Northwest Territories/Walking Yellowknife
(Thursday, August 7)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: The Yellowknife Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Fly from Yellowknife to Arctic Watch/Arctic Watch Welcome Tour/Arctic Watch Welcome Dinner
(Friday, August 8)

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.
   
Accommodations: Arctic Watch Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: ATV Instruction/Beluga Whale Watching/Hike to Triple Waterfalls/Evening Free Time
(Saturday, August 9)

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.
   
Accommodations: Arctic Watch Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Travel by ATV along Muskox Ridge Trail/Picnic Lunch and Fishing at Inukshuk Lake/Explore River Trail/Lecture by Richard Weber
(Sunday, August 10)

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.
   
Accommodations: Arctic Watch Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Kayaking in Cunningham Inlet/Beluga Whale Watching/Beluga Whale Lecture
(Monday, August 11)

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.
   
Accommodations: Arctic Watch Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Explore the Unnamed Somerset Island Canyons/Picnic Lunch/Travel to Gull Canyon/Evening Lecture
(Tuesday, August 12)

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.
   
Accommodations: Arctic Watch Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: ATV Excursion to Cape Anne/Explore Remains of Ancient Thule Culture/Lecture by Richard Weber
(Wednesday, August 13)

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.
   
Accommodations: Arctic Watch Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Hike, Raft, and Kayak along Cunningham River/Final Dinner
(Thursday, August 14)

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.
   
Accommodations: Arctic Watch Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Final Day on Somerset Island/Flight back to Yellowknife
(Friday, August 15)

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.
   
Accommodations: The Yellowknife Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Departures
(Saturday, August 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Departures from Yellowknife, NWT.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909


Author: Pierre Burton


Description: Berton brings the story of the remarkable adventurers in the history of the Arctic exploration to life in all their glories and eccentricities--including some shocking revelations about who really reached the Pole. Tour. Illustrated.



Beluga Whales


Author: Tony Martine


Description: Learn where, when and how to get close to belugas in their natural environment. More than 50 spectacular pictures of this photogenic whale, known for its wide range of facial expressions.



Ancient Peoples of the Arctic


Author: Robert McGhee


Description: This book traces the lives of the Palaeo-Eskimos, the bold first explorers of the Arctic, some 4,000 years ago, up to the Dorset culture, 1200 AD.



Ice Blink


Author: Scott Cookman


Description: An unforgettable account of the ill-fated expedition led by veteran Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin. This is a vivid reconstruction of the lives and events of a voyage that began with the certainty of success and led instead into oblivion.



Polar Attack


Author: Weber Malakhov


Description: A day-to-day account of the Weber Malakhov expedition that took them on foot to the North Pole and back without being resupplied by aircraft or aided by support teams on the ice.



Barrow's Boys


Author: Fergus Fleming


Description: Between 1816 and 1845, John Barrow and his hand-picked teams of elite naval officers scoured the globe’s empty spaces, which makes this book a tale of absurdly dangerous comedy as well as a harrowing personal endeavour. The book contains great details on all the British naval expeditions in search of the Northwest Passage from 1815 to 1850.



A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic


Author: E.C. Pielou


Description: An in-depth field guide to plants, birds, mammals, fish and some insects. Explanations of the many phenomena of the sky, the sea and the terrain that amaze Arctic travelers.





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