Introducing two great lodges
Where the wild meets the refined – two family-run lodges from which to experience the best of the Arctic, owned by a noteable family of polar explorers with 25 years’ experience in the polar regions.
Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, Nunavut
» Three hours’ flight from Yellowknife, NWT
» Situated at 800 km north of the Arctic Circle in Cunningham Inlet, Somerset Island, Arctic Watch opens for the ‘midnight sun’ months of July and August offering comfort and hospitality at 74° north
» 16 private guest cabins each with a marine WC and basin and private showers in the main complex. Thick duvets and electricity to the cabins from early morning until late
» The perfect base from which to visit archaeological sites and bird rookeries, hike the Badlands and more
» Somerset Island is a world-class beluga whale nursery and observation site. Kayak with beluga whales, fish for Arctic char and explore by ATV or river raft
» Enjoy gourmet Canadian cuisine, locally sourced and organic where possible
» Relax, socialise or attend a lecture in the Great Room or delve into the extensive library and the artifacts, maps, and 42 million year-old fossils in the interpretive centre.
Arctic Haven, Northwest Territories
» Two hours’ flight from Yellowknife, NWT, Arctic Haven sits at 60° north in the barren treeline environment of the shores of Ennadai Lake, on the great annual migration route of the Qamanirjuaq caribou herd
» Designed to impact minimally on the environmentally fragile area whilst providing guests with high standards and comfort
» 12 private guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms
» As well as the caribou the area is home to wolves, wolverines, foxes and birds, grizzly and black bears, tundra swans and eagles. It’s perfect for world-class fishing, hiking, kayaking the 84 km long lake, and snowmobiling
» The lodge offers adventures in the spring (April-June) and in autumn (end of August- September), the perfect time for seeing the Northern Lights
» Enjoy a Canadian epicurean experience of local Ennadai trout sashimi, tundra blueberry compote, Baffin Bay turbot, Okanagan Valley wines, Alberta organic beef and French Canadian cheeses.
Fiona’s travel tipsBEST TIME TO GO: There’s plenty to see and do any time between May and November.
READ: Dead Reckoning: The untold story of the Northwest Passage by Ken McGoogan.