Visit a land beyond the reach of all roads at this arctic wilderness lodge on Bathurst Inlet in northern Canada. This naturalist lodge sits on land that throbs with life during the brief northern summer. The deep gorges of Bathurst Inlet hold in their depths the mystery of prehistory, and the tundra stretches a thin green cape across the rocky skeleton of the land.
North of the Arctic Circle, there’s an oasis called Bathurst Inlet. Here, in the brief northern summer, the land is covered with a tapestry of delicate flowers in rich hues of blues, magentas, pinks, yellows and white. Caribou and muskoxen graze the rolling tundra hills and green valleys along meandering streams. Rare arctic birds nest on the tundra and sheer rocky cliffs.
While staying at a comfortable arctic adventure lodge you will travel daily in a pontoon boat on the inlet in the Arctic Ocean. This stable watercraft permits easy wildlife observation of the thousands of birds that nest here in the brief summer. You will dock and hike on the land, exploring, collecting interesting rocks and minerals, bird watching or visiting islands crowded with arctic flowers. You may see caribou or muskoxen with their hoof beats echoing over the tundra.
June and July are the best for birding and abundance of arctic wildflowers. Any of the weeks are excellent for flowers, louseworts, bearberry, and great shows of heather, rhododendron, and mountain avens. Raptors, gulls, and loons nest throughout our season. Early in the summer, we can visit the sea ice, and later can range more freely on the Inlet, visiting ancient campsites and following the path of the Franklin expedition.
The sea ice should still be present, and it is exciting to cruise the edge of the ice, listening to the symphony of tinkling crystals as the ice breaks up, and watching for basking ringed and bearded seals, and for the birds that associate themselves with the sea ice (long-tailed ducks, three species of scoters, and common and the spectacular king eider). And you will explore ancient Inuit campsites with stone tent rings, meat caches, drying racks and more. Of course you will always be on the lookout for the real stars of the arctic world, caribou, musk oxen, tundra wolves, grizzly bears and the peregrine falcon, golden eagle and gyrfalcon.
During most of the year, Bathurst Inlet residents live in the old ways, hunting caribou, musk oxen and seal, fishing, trapping, and travelling on the land and sea. A unique aspect of a visit to the Lodge is the opportunity to get to know the gentle people who make this harsh land their home. A visit to this lodge offers extraordinary experiences in a wild and ruggedly beautiful land, yet provides a level of personal comfort rarely found in such remote areas.