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Kayaking Adventure in Alexandra Fiord, Ellesmere Island | CA-BWA1502

15-Day Sea Kayak through the Arctic Cordillera, Alexandra Fiord, and Buchanan Bay


Explore the edge of the world on this Arctic kayaking adventure!


  • Resolute
  • Ellesmere Island
  • Buchanan Bay
  • Hiking in wilderness
  • Arctic wildlife watching
  • Sea kayaking

During this 15-day expedition, you’ll get to explore Canada’s Arctic region as very few have. Because of its remoteness and harsh weather, Ellesmere Island hasn’t been discovered by many people, offering you the unique opportunity to seek out the hidden treasures of the Alexandra Fiord and Buchanan Bay aboard a sea kayak. The trip is perfect for seasoned adventurers who want to explore the waters of the Arctic in a unique and challenging way.

  • Expert guides
  • Small group
  • Trusted Tour Operator
Availability Jul - Aug
Duration 15 days
Departs From Resolute, NU
Difficulty Moderate / Challenging
Group minimum 5
Minimum age No limit
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No


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  • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
  • International number: +1 780 414 1676

Availability (2022):
July 31-August 15 (Trip full)

What's Included


  • Accommodation (12 nights camping and 2 nights at South Camp Inn)
  • All meals
  • Camping Equipment
  • Dry packs for food and group equipment
  • Expedition sea kayaking equipment
  • Safety Equipment
  • Transportation (a return charter aircraft flight from Resolute to Ellesmere Island)

What to bring

  • Personal clothing and gear - a recommended clothing & equipment list will be provided

Not Included

  • Transportation between your home and Resolute
  • Any hotel accommodation and restaurant meals other than those listed
  • Gratuities - we recommend $12-$15 per day per guide

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After a meet-and-greet in Resolute, we’ll travel towards our starting point on Ellesmere Island. Ellesmere is the third largest island in Canada and translates from Inuktitut to “the Land of Muskox.” Multiple fjords alongside the towering mountains of the island have lent to its reputation as the most charming island in the Arctic Archipelago.

During the winter, polynyas, or natural ice holes, form in the fjords, making Alexandra Fiord an oasis for Arctic wildlife. Belugas and narwhals, walruses, as well as harp, ring, and bearded seals all call Buchanan Bay home, while on land, polar bears, muskox, arctic fox, ermine, lemmings are known to wander the shores.

nunavut outpost aerial view in winter

We’ll meet you at Resolute Airport, Nunavut, and transfer you to the spectacular South Camp Inn. Resolute is one of the coldest inhabited places on earth, yet manages to be quite charming thanks to its culture, history, and community.

We’ll have dinner, during which you’ll be briefed about the expedition and we’ll perform an equipment check. We’ll be bringing sleeping tents, which can accommodate up to two travelers, a kitchen tent with a tarp, cooking stoves and utensils, dry packs for food and equipment, first aid and repair kits.

In the morning of day 2, you’ll be treated to a hearty breakfast and then it’s time for a charter flight to take us to Alexandra Fiord where the adventure will begin!

Alexandra Fiord is located on the Johan Peninsula in the northeastern part of Ellesmere Island with the waters of Buchanan Bay washing against its eastern shore. Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures inhabited Alexandra Fiord between 2500 B.C.E. and 1500 C.E. These days, the inlet is mostly a playground for scientists and researchers, who study wildlife and geology.

Once there, we’ll set up the camp and prepare the kayaking equipment. Then, we’ll do a bit of hiking to explore the inlet.

During those brief summer months, the snow on the island melts away and the ice in the bay breaks up, opening up the arctic landscapes to expeditions on foot and in the water. From day 3 to day 13, we’ll explore Alexandra Fiord and Buchanan Bay, hiking the mountains under the midnight sun, glimpsing wildlife, and venturing into deep fjords. We’ll kayak in the waters of Buchanan Bay, where shores are dotted with the remains from Thule, Dorset and Viking cultures, photograph the extraordinary nature and wildlife that thrives in this isolated area. Be ready to document the Arctic as it wakes up before your eyes!

If the weather conditions are right, we’ll move our camp around the surrounding fjords, allowing us to stay in a different area each night.

On day 13, we’ll return to the Alexandra Fiord airstrip where we’ll camp overnight to await the flight back the next day.

We’ll board a charter flight to Resolute, Nunavut from the Alexandra Fiord Airstrip. Once we’ve landed, we’ll be transferred to the South Camp Inn for another delicious dinner and a chance to swap stories about the unforgettable experiences we just shared.

In the morning, we’ll board a flight to Ottawa.

This expedition is rated at three on the difficulty scale. It’s perfect for adventure-seeking sea kayakers with previous arctic camping experience and good health. Anyone with chronic injuries and recurring health issues should consult a physician before embarking on this trip.

Payment Details


  • Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.
  • A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  • Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
  • If booking within 90 days or less, full payment is required.

Cancellation Policy:

  • If you cancel 91 days or more before the start of the trip any funds submitted will be refunded as follows: 70% refund plus a 15% credit to be used on another trip with the same operator in that season or the next operating season. In addition, a $200 CAD administration fee will be deducted
  • If you cancel 90-61 days or before the start of the trip any funds submitted will be refunded as follows: 10% refund plus a 15% credit to be used on another trip with the same operator in that season or the next operating season. In addition, a $200 CAD administration fee will be deducted.
  • If you cancel 60 days or less before the start date there is no refund or credit. We highly encourage that you purchase trip cancellation insurance so that you are covered for any unexpected change in plans.