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In Search of the Narwhal by Kayak in Pond Inlet | CA-BWA1501

Explore Arctic Coves by Kayak on the lookout for elusive polar bears and narwhals


Search for the rarely-seen Narwhal and other arctic wildlife on this kayaking adventure in Pond Inlet, Baffin Island


  • Pond Inlet
  • Baffin Bay
  • Bylot Island
  • Koluctoo Bay
  • Milne Inlet
  • Kayaking Adventure
  • Narwhal Search

Located on the north coast of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet is a beautiful Inuit hamlet with a wealth of activities and wildlife to explore. This area is ruggedly beautiful and has healthy populations of narwhals, seal and birdlife. In mid-August the ice of Eclipse Sound breaks up for its brief summer season. At this time you will spend two weeks exploring the coasts of Eclipse Sound, Milne Inlet and Navy Board Inlet, looking out for the ever-elusive narwhal.

As you paddle by fantastic headlands, secluded coves and barren shorelines, you are constantly watching for the narwhal’s spiral tusk and listening for their telltale blow. We’ll explore the protected waters of White Bay, Tay Sound and into Milne and Navy Board Inlets. The exact route and timing during the trip are flexible to allow for exploration, animal sightings and the variances of wind, tides and ice conditions.

Note: In arctic conditions, expect to be windbound for a couple of days, which means we’ll be exploring on foot. This tour is ideal for experienced sea kayakers with a taste for the unexpected in the high arctic.

  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • Small group
Availability August
Duration 15 days
Departs From Pond Inlet, NU
Difficulty Moderate / Challenging
Group maximum 10
Minimum age No limit
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No


5 895
Per Adult
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    • International number: +1 780 414 1676

Not available in 2022
Dates pending for 2023

What's Included


  • Group camping equipment, tents
  • Kayaking equipment: sea kayaks with rudders, paddles, spray decks, etc.
  • Personal Flotation Devices (you may bring your own)
  • Tents: free-standing, custom expedition dome tents - 2 people per tent
  • Kitchen equipment: tarp, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, dry bags, etc.
  • First aid, safety, kayak rescue, and repair kits
  • Communications equipment (satellite phone)
  • Excellent trail meals cooked over camp stoves, snacks
  • Breakfast: Days 2 and 15 in Pond Inlet
  • Lunch: Days 2-14 on the trail
  • Dinners: Days 1 and 14 in Pond Inlet
  • 12 nights of camping, 2 nights in the Sauniq Hotel, Pond Inlet
  • Motorboat transfer between Pond Inlet and the expedition location on Days 2 and 14
  • Airport transfers in Pond Inlet

What to bring

  • Sleeping bag and pad. (required)
  • Camera, daypack, sunglasses, water bottle, pocketknife
  • Warm clothes: Warm jacket, rain gear, hiking boots, fleece or wool underclothes, hat, gloves, long pants, warm socks

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Ottawa can be added to the package for an additional cost
  • Mandatory medical/evacuation insurance
  • Optional but highly recommended trip cancellation insurance
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax) - 5% of the trip fee
  • Travel between your home and the trip rendezvous in Pond Inlet
  • Hotel accommodation and restaurant meals other than those listed above in Pond Inlet (If we return to Pond Inlet on Day 14, extra hotel accommodation and meals will be at your expense)
  • Souvenirs, purchases of a personal nature, personal phone calls etc
  • Any additional expenses or costs incurred as a result of delays to the trip caused by factors beyond our control - i.e. snow and ice conditions, weather, flight delays, etc
  • Any costs associated with your emergency evacuation from the trip - please contact our office for more information on extended insurance options
  • Gratuities - we recommend $12-$15 per day per guide

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summer view at pond inlet in canada

Welcome to our sea kayaking expedition on the northern coast of Baffin Island near the Inuit hamlet of Pond Inlet. In midsummer, the ice in Eclipse Sound between northern Baffin Island and Bylot Island in the Canadian Arctic finally melts. The land and sea mammals that have congregated at the ice floe edge disperse for the short summer. From Koluctoo Bay, as all good stories start, we head north.

abandoned building in pond inlet seaside beach

We recommend taking the 9:15 AM flight from Ottawa to Pond Inlet via Iqaluit (not included in the price). You’ll arrive at 4:25 PM and our guide will be there to pick you up and transport you to your hotel for check in and a tasty welcome dinner. We’ll chat about the upcoming itinerary and perform a gear check, then if we have time to, explore the local community.

Pond Inlet is known in Inuit as Mittimatalik, which means “the place where Mitima is buried.” Though no one remembers any Mitima in the area, it is a hub of culture and wildlife.

Located in northeast Baffin Island 700 km north of the Arctic Circle, Pond Inlet houses more than 1500 people, and is noteworthy for its picturesque mountains. Narwhals (the unicorns of the sea), beluga and orca whales play among the icebergs and frozen sea ice. Wildlife is vibrant in the region, from ringed and harp seals, caribou, arctic foxes and wolves, seabirds, geese, gyrfalcons, ptarmigans, gulls and ravens, plus the occasional polar bear - to be viewed from a safe distance!

kayaking near a steep mountain side

After a hotel breakfast and a final gear check, we’ll depart in the late morning from Pond Inlet by motorboat to our starting point. There, we’ll set up camp, organize and distribute gear and food for kayaking.

The seas around Pond Inlet are teeming with life. There are polynya (areas that are ice free, year around) in Baffin Bay, which attract marine mammals to feed in the spring. A number of different species of whales, including the killer whale, bowhead, beluga and narwhal can be seen and heard, blowing in the fjords. Various sorts of seals also live and feed off the plentiful fish - their curious nature allows us to see them as they poke their heads up to check out our kayaks!

kayaking near icebergs in baffin island

Now it’s time for adventure! Weather and ice conditions permitting, we’ll spend many glorious days in a variety of intriguing locations, such as the waters of Milne Inlet, White Bay, Tay Sound and Oliver Sound which offer relatively protected paddling. This area is well known for the number of narwhals and seals, as well as arctic char fishing. The exact route and timing during the trip is flexible, allowing for exploration, enjoying animal sightings and the variances of wind, tides and ice conditions.

The region near Pond Inlet is inhabited by Tununirmuit, the people of the land that faces away from the sun. They are descended from Thule ancestors who followed migrations of caribou and muskox, and their elders still speak only Inuktitut.

Polar bears live primarily at the floe edge in spring, on the northeast coast of Bylot Island, although the occasional bear is spotted in the vicinity of Pond Inlet. In lowlands and wetlands you can find snow geese and snowy owl and the cliffs are nesting sites for gyrfalcons, thick-billed murres and black legged kittiwakes.

In vegetated valleys within the fjords, you can find caribou, arctic fox, ermine and lemmings. There are no forests in north Baffin, but dwarf versions of willow and birch form thickets in sheltered areas. Arctic wildflowers, mosses and lichens grow in profusion, particularly in the long summer days of June and July. In August, blueberries are ripe and cover many of the south-facing hillsides.

pitched up tent at sunset in baffin island coast

Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye to our kayaking adventure. In the afternoon, we pick up from the final campsite and hop on a motorboat back to Pond Inlet. You’ll have an evening to relax at the hotel, take showers and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Note that the expedition may return on Day 13, subject to weather conditions.

On our final day, after breakfast at the hotel, it’s time to catch your flight. Book the 9:45 AM flight from Pond Inlet to Ottawa, via Iqaluit (not included in the price). Arrive at 4:50 PM.

All meals are included during the tour. The menu is delicious and will ensure that you're fueled for all your day's adventures. Meals are cooked over camping stoves from a combination of fresh, dried and freeze-dried products. The light weight ovens allow us to bake breads, muffins and desserts.

Your guides are the best in their fields. Handpicked, highly experienced and scrupulously trained, they bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to each trip. They are great cooks, fun to be with and have a passion for the wilderness. Trips have a maximum of 10 participants with two guides.

Your guides take pride in their emphasis on learning and participation by all trip members. Their training and safety procedures are exemplary, and they take scrupulous care to leave every environment as pristine as it was before our encounter.

Accommodations are tent camps along the route.

Trip begins and ends in Pond Inlet, Nunavut.  Flights to and from Ottawa can be added to the package for an additional cost.

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.