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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.

For a few short weeks every year, the Arctic tundra comes alive. The arrival of springtime on the arctic barrenlands tundra is one of the best times of the year to witness Arctic wildlife. The snow melt and strong sun brings migratory wildlife north. The spring winds, blowing from the south bring snow geese in the thousands. The final Qamanirjuaq caribou herds are migrating north. Grizzly bears, wolves, foxes and wolverines are also within the surroundings at the lodge. As you travel around the lake by snowmobile with your guides you will search for a variety of wildlife.

In early May, the Qamanirjuaq caribou herd begins to gather together and the call to reach their calving grounds 300 miles to the north drives them northward. The Qamanirjuaq caribou number in the hundreds of thousands and are one of the healthiest herds in Canada.  Big lakes such as Ennadai are natural corridors for the migration. Large numbers of caribou walk up the lake past the lodge. 

During the spring migration the caribou migrate north, past the lodge, to their calving grounds above tree-line. This spring migration sees huge herds of caribou going north, using the lake ice to speed up their journey. This grand migration is described as a life-altering experience by the caribou biologists and people who have witnessed this migration. Your guides regularly see wolverine and you will look for the arctic wolves that follow the caribou. 

The spring melt opens the local creeks and rivers; sounding the arrival of over twenty five species of ducks, tundra swans, bald eagles and more. This authentically Canadian safari is the best chance to witness one of the last few truly untamed ladscapes on earth - The great Canadian Barrenlands.

 

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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.

Apr 25, 2018 - May 01, 2018
$7495.00 / per person - CAD
Based on single or double occupancy.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A $1900.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Deposit is refundable up until December 1 Cancel before May 1, receive full refund minus deposit Cancel after May 1, no refund
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