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Spring caribou migration and wildlife safari from an Arctic lodge in Nunavut


View one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles on the planet on this spring caribou migration and wildlife safari from an Arctic 5 star lodge.

The spring is the perfect time to visit Ennadai Lake, Nunavut. Snowmobile, cross country ski, snowshoe or fat bike to destination spots and photograph the Barren Grounds Arctic treeline as it comes to life with wolverines, bears, wolves, and the 300,000+ strong Qamanirjuaq caribou as they gather for their annual migration. Witnessing the caribou migration has been described as a life-altering experience. The migration can start anywhere between the last week of April or second week of May. 

Experience ice fishing, kite-skiing, and see the landscape and animals from the sky with a 1-hour flying tour of Ennadai and its surrounding area. Mush your own dog sled team for a true Northern experience. Each evening enjoy a culinary feast inspired by locally sourced items, have a wood fired sauna by the lake, and take in the spectacular dancing Northern Lights. The Northern Lights are visible until the end of April.  All of this and more is possible at 60° North.

 

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Wildlife Watching
SEASON

May

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
24
GUIDE INFORMATION

Each day your guides will take you out on the lake by snowmobile for a new adventure. The on site guides have a vast knowledge of the lake and the area and they are passionate and professional experts. They will take you to all the well known caribou crossing areas to give you the best opportunities to view these animals. 

RESTRICTIONS

There is no age restriction for participating on this program. All guests must have average mobility and be able to travel by snowmobile and walk on uneven or rocky terrain from time to time. No past snowmobiling experience is required.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Environmental Policies at the lodge

This lodge is located in the Arctic, an enviromentally fragile area. Your hosts are very aware of the sensitve nature of the land and wildlife that surrounds the lodge. They strive to make as little impact as possible.

Maximum group size at the lodge is no more than 24 people per week. The is the maximum number your hosts feel that the land can support and view the wildlife without disturbing them.

Snowmobiles are used to navigate throughout the lake. It is the best way to spot the caribou and minimize scarring on the tundra or disturbing the migration paths. 

This lodge generates 80-95% of it's electricity from the on site solar panels and wind mills and it has an eco friendly decomposing septic system.

The staff uses environmentally friendly products for cleaning. Metal, glass and non-burnable garbage is packaged and returned to Yellowknife for recycling.

TRANSPORTATION

The trip begins and ends in Yellowknife, NWT. The package includes a charter flight to and from Yellowknife. The lodge has it's own runway and the flight time from Yellowknife is approximately 2 hours.

WEATHER

Spring in the Arctic can be sunny and warm but be prepared for a variety of weather conditions. Daytime temperatures in May will average 0 to 10 C.

REGION
Nunavut
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Snowmobiles, helmets, use of the lodge facilities.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm winter boots, warm winter coat, snow pants, hat, gloves, warm fleece or wool underclothes, wool socks, long underwear. A full packing list will be provided upon booking.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, binoculars, day pack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

This 'green' lodge generates most of it's electricity from the on site solar panels and wind mills and is the only one of its kind in Nunavut.

Constructed and opened in 2002, this lodge is located on Ennadai Lake, on the tree line in southern Nunavut, Canada’s largest and newest territory, which formally came into being in 1999. Originally built as a fishing lodge, it is modern and comfortable accommodation that’s the equivalent to that of a five-star hotel in Nunavut.

The lodge is a five thousand square foot beautiful post and beam timber frame lodge with twelve private bedrooms.

Constructed with a central dining room and living room, forty by forty feet over looking the lake and wings on each side.  There are six bedrooms in each wing. Each heated bedroom has a full bathroom with shower, electricity and WiFi.

80-95% of the electricity needed to run the lodge is generated by solar panels and wind mills. A generator is on site as a back up. The lodge has an eco-friendly decomposing septic system.

The main lodge has a comfortable lounge, bar, wood stove, dining area and pool table.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Gourmet meals are prepared fresh at the lodge by the on site chef. Home made soup and freshly made bread is always on the menu. The experiened chefs offer a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they can easily cater to vegetarians or anyone with dietary requests or retrictions. 

The lodge has a bar on site that offers a variety of wine, beer and spirits.

8 day tour, available late April - late May
$7495.00 / per person - CAD
2019 dates: April 20-27, April 27-May 4, May 4-11, May 11-18, May 18-25. Based on single or double occupancy.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A $2500.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 180 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Any cancellations before 180 days prior to the departure date will receive a full refund. Any cancellations after that are not eligible for a refund.

8 day tour, available late April - late May

Day 1

Depart Yellowknife at 2 pm from the Air Tindi Hangar where you will board a private charter for the 2 hour flight to the lodge. Upon arrival guests will meet the Arctic Haven team and be given a short introduction on wildlife and safety in the Arctic and a tour of the facilities (including the solar system). After settling into their rooms there will be time for a walk, snowshoe or fat bike ride before dinner. In the evening unwind in the wood fired sauna and take in the Northern Lights.

Day 2

Daily at 8:30 am breakfast will be served. Guests have one hour of flying time with Dave Olson, a commercial pilot and Arctic legend. He will be offering two tours per day, so sign up for yours to get the lay of the land from the sky and see Ennadai, the caribou and much more. The flights are weather depending and more flying time with Dave can be purchased. We also offer Heli-Safari/Heli-Hiking adventures as an Add-On. After lunch, go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Richard and Josée are former national team members and can provide lessons. After an amazing locally inspired meal, there will be an informal lecture by Richard Weber on his North Pole expeditions - highlighting his historic (and unrepeated) 1995 unassisted journey. There will be plenty of time to enjoy a wood fired sauna by the lake.

Day 3

A snowmobiling demonstration and safety briefing will be given before heading north on the lake 20 km, where there are islands used by migratory wildlife - see the Qamanirjuaq caribou, bears, wolves, and wolverines. Stop for a picnic lunch at a cabin owned by Arctic Haven. In the afternoon head to Bear Mountain, the highest point of land in the area - the last kilometre requires a short snowshoe to reach. The photo opportunities are unparalled so be sure to bring your camera. Then head back for another amazing dinner and sauna. in the evening an informal lecture on the flora and fauna of Ennadai Lake will be offered.

Day 4

In the morning, try mushing your own dog team (or be a passenger) for a true Northern experience or go ice fishing on Ennadai for lake trout. We practice catch-and-release and barbless fishing. After a hearty lunch, head out to the eskers and tundra on fat bikes in search of wildlife - and photograph bears, wolverines and caribou. After returning for dinner, enjoy a sauna, then end the evening with the Northern Lights.

Day 5

Get out on the snowmobiles for the West Arm, a huge section of Ennadai Lake that can only be accessed by snowmobile. Visit archaeological sites where the Ahiarmiut in the area have camped for hundreds of years. All of the surrounding area is part of the caribou migration route, around the lake and eskers in particular. Migrating caribou can be found all over the lake. After another delicious dinner, there will be a presentation on the Ahiarmiut or “people of the deer” - the Inuit who lived on the shores of Ennadai until the 1950’s.

Day 6

By now, guests are familiar with the area, and can opt to do an activity that they missed or would like to repeat. Dog seld, ice fish, ski, snowshoe or snowmobile. It’s an afternoon departure for Yellowknife to catch your return flight home.