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Arctic boat tour to view icebergs and wildlife off the coast of Baffin Island, Nunavut


Explore the arctic shoreline of Baffin and Broughton Island on this boat tour accompanied by a local Inuit guide.  The trip departs from Qikiqtarjuaq, formerly known as Broughton Island, and the tour focuses on viewing the unique wildlife and landscape of this arctic oasis. The wildlife and the scenery draw visitors to Qikiqtarjuaq, but Qikiqtarjuaq is also often referred to as the iceberg capital of Nunavut. Pronounced kik-kik-tar-jwak, the glacier-crowned fiord coast of Baffin Island is spectacular and sightings of icebergs and whales are common.  

The northern cape near the town captures many of the icebergs that travel down Davis Strait from Greenland. This area is rich in marine mammal wildlife and you may see beluga whales, narwhal, walrus, bowhead whales and seals.  Near Qikiqtarjuaq the rugged peaks of Baffin Island, including Auyuittuq National Park, offer spectacular beauty and these mountains are the highest in North America, east of the Rockies.

The itinerary for the tour can be customized but a typical itinerary would be as follows:

Day One:     Sightseeing and looking for wildlife, polar bears, whales and other sea mammals.
 
Day Two:     Go to Spectacular Coronation Fiord and visit vast glacier called Penny and do a short hike and have lunch.
 
Day Three:  Look for wildlife and visit vast number of icebergs and enjoy lunch nearby.
 
Day Four:    Look for wildlife and visit huge bird colony with 300,000 birds.
 
Day Five:    Look for wildlife and have lunch on ice on your way back to the community.

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$1960.00 CAD
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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Cruises & Boat Tours
SEASON

July to early September

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
8
GUIDE INFORMATION

All tours guided by an experienced and knowledgable local Inuit guide.

RESTRICTIONS

Minimum group size of 2 required per tour.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Groceries, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, flashlight. $19.50 per person per day for park fees while in Auyuittuq National Park.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Qikiqtarjuaq (Broughton Island), Nunavut.  Airport pick up included. Qikiqtarjuaq is accessible by air from Ottawa, Ontario, via Iqaluit.

WEATHER

Qikiqtarjuaq has short, cool summers with high temperatures averaging from 10-15 degrees Celsius. In mid June to early July there is endless daylight.  

REGION
Nunavut
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Camping stove, cooking utensils, camping gear, fishing rods and gear.  New aluminum 26 ft. boat with two outboard 115 hp Yamaha motors and onboard washroom.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

A variety of clothing to suit the arctic summer.  Warm coat, long underwear, long pants, t-shirts, fleece underclothes, shorts, hiking boots, gloves, hat.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasess, sunscreen, water bottle, personal fishing gear, binoculars.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations while on the boat tour are in backcountry cabins along the route.  Hotel accommodations in town before and after the tour are available for an additional cost.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Participants are required to provide their own groceries and do their own cooking. To avoid the high cost of groceries in the north, we suggest you purchase food in Ottawa. The guide will provide some authentic northern food such as arctic char and caribou.  

5 day tour, available July - early September
$1960.00 / per person - CAD
Based on double occupancy.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Deposit non-refundable. 30 day cancellation policy.
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