Visit one of the best locations in the world for viewing arctic wildlife at this lodge on Somerset Island in Nunavut. Somerset Island is of particular interest to naturalists because of the abundance of wildlife, and to hikers and adventurers because of the diversity of activities available which include hiking, kayaking, rafting, fishing, mountain biking and ATVing. The lodge is a permanent facility that offers rustic hotel-like accommodation in a remote Arctic setting.
Guests experience the beauty and wonder of this fabulous place, whilst enjoying the comforts of home and fine cuisine. The lodge was built primarily for whale watching and Cunningham Inlet is internationally renowned for the 5,000 beluga whales that visit from July to August each summer. Though whale watching is the major attraction, it is also a haven for bird watching and for viewing polar bears, muskox, arctic fox, seals, arctic hare as well as visiting the many historical sites in the area. The north coast of Somerset between Cunningham Inlet and Cape Anne has many ancient camp sites. At Cape Anne there is an incredible Thule site where stone walls still stand four feet high and the entrance tunnels are still visible. The Thule people are the ancestors of the present day Inuit. From 800 A.D. to 1200 A.D., these people hunted almost exclusively the giant bowhead whales and Bowhead whale bones still litter the ground today.
Wildlife is plentiful at this lodge and on this tour you will use various means of transportation to view the variety of animals including ATVs, mountain bikes and kayaks. About 3000 beluga whales make their way to Cunningham Inlet from mid-July through the first week of August. They roll around in the shallow water of the Cunningham River estuary to shed their skin and enjoy the warmer river water. The bay is also a nursery for the young whales. It is possible to approach the whales from the shore to within a few feet.
Polar bears are also viewable from the lodge and it is possible to see bears regularly on the north shore of Somerset, about 10 kilometers from the lodge. In the past there have been large families of muskoxen a few kilometers from the lodge all summer long. Muskoxen wander the valleys in northern Somerset Island looking for green vegetation. The chance of seeing them during a day's outing by mountain bike, ATV or foot is excellent. There is a wide variety of land and sea birds, including Arctic tern, three types of jaeger, snow buntings, guillemots, kittiwakes, and fulmars, three types of loon, snow geese, brant geese, rough-legged hawks, and peregrine falcons.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR CANADIAN CLIENTS: Due to the drop in the value of the Canadian dollar we are now offering the price of this trip at par in Canadian dollars.