The Stories Of Canada
Eight hundred kilometres north of the Arctic Circle lies a vast tundra marked by frozen ocean, jagged mountain peaks and the historic Northwest Passage. Here, in a land claimed by polar bears, muskox, Arctic foxes and belugas, you’ll embark on the adventure of a lifetime – an exploration of the true beating heart of the Arctic. From wildlife photography to hiking on the frozen ocean, to kayaking alongside playful belugas, you’ll be treated to epic adventures each day of your journey. In the evenings, return to your cozy wilderness lodge, where gourmet meals and comfortable accommodations offer rest and rejuvenation after unforgettable days in the wilderness.
*Note: This price is based on double occupancy, and does not include taxes, conservation fee and gratuities.
Important message to set expectations.
We are so pleased you’ve found your way to this exciting adventure that was built with explorers in mind. While Entrée Canada is known for meticulous planning and smoothly operated journeys, the nature of travel to Canada’s remote destinations can often be unpredictable.
Our hosts have committed to welcoming guests with glowing hearts; however, they aren’t always able to guarantee themselves on a given day. Should one of your hosts be unavailable for unforeseen reasons, we will do our best to connect you with other interesting locals, activities and meaningful experiences.
Weather plays a critical role in these remote areas, and this might significantly impact your trip. We cannot emphasize this enough: be prepared for changes, rearranged services, and cancellations to ensure your safety. As always, we will be at your service to communicate alternatives and solutions.
Lastly, please know that many of the accommodation partners in these remote places are the best available (and we love them) – however, they are typically more rustic than the luxury lodges and resorts we partner with across Canada.
If you prefer more predictable outcomes and upscale accommodations, we are happy to suggest a well-suited journey. If you are an explorer who wishes to travel to remote areas and embrace the unpredictable, fasten your seatbelt and read on. This is where unscripted begins.
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1 | YELLOWKNIFE, NT
Fly into Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories, and spend the day orienting yourself. In this storied city, you’ll find historical landmarks, exceptional restaurants and fascinating public art – all surrounded by untouched northern wilderness. In the evening, retreat to the Explorer Hotel, where you’ll be greeted by a polar bear exhibit, soothing views of forests and lakes, and true northern hospitality. Accommodations are at the Explorer Hotel.
2 | SOMERSET ISLAND, NU
After breakfast, depart Yellowknife on a private charter for a scenic three-hour flight into the Arctic. Once arrived, you’ll tour the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge – the most northerly fly-in lodge on the planet, and your home for the next seven nights. Prior to dinner, take a short hike up the local mountain, where breathtaking views of the Northwest Passage and ocean ice formations await. Accommodations are at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge in a Private Cabin.
3 | SOMERSET ISLAND, NU
This morning, you’ll learn about an important form of transportation in the north – all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). After a hands-on introduction to ATVs, take a short drive to the Cunningham Estuary to watch groups of belugas play. You’ll also see archaeological sites and artifacts dating to Viking contact dotted along the coastline. Tuck into a lunch buffet at the lodge, then head back into the wilderness for a five-kilometre roundtrip hike to the majestic Triple Waterfalls (keep an eye out for polar bears and muskox!). Accommodations are at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge in a Private Cabin.
4 | SOMERSET ISLAND, NU
After breakfast, you’ll once again board an ATV for a ride across the Cunningham River delta to Muskox Ridge. The scenic trail showcases memorable views, and is a great place to see muskox and Arctic foxes. After a picnic lunch at placid Inukshuk Lake, try your hand at catch-and-release – the waters are teeming with Arctic char. Hike back to the lodge along the River Trail, keeping an eye out for snowy owls, jaegers, rough-legged hawks and other avians. After dinner, attend a lecture by famed explorer Richard Weber – the first person to ever reach the North Pole starting from either side of the Arctic Ocean. Note: if you prefer to explore the tundra using a human-powered option, electric bikes will be supplied. Accommodations are at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge in a Private Cabin.
5 | SOMERSET ISLAND, NU
Today, you’ll embark on a sea kayaking adventure to explore a different side to the Arctic. Paddling along the clear waters of Cunningham Inlet, soak in the picturesque views of Gifford Point in the distance, and keep an eye out for belugas passing your boat. On the other side of the inlet, hop out at Kayak Falls and ready your camera for striking views of the Northwest Passage. You might even spot a polar bear! After dinner, join a lecture on wildlife photography presented by Nansen Weber, wildlife photographer and filmmaker. Accommodations are at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge in a Private Cabin.
6 | SOMERSET ISLAND, NU
Good morning! Start the day with a journey to the east side of the Cunningham Inlet, where a number of canyons beckon enthusiastic hikers. After an invigorating hike, head to the estuary to watch belugas frolic in the freshwater; this particular spot is renowned for the density of its whale population and their proximity to the shore. If you’ve prebooked the optional add-on helicopter tour, you will also enjoy a relaxing flight over the Northwest Passage coastline, which offers epic views of the Arctic landscape. Accommodations are at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge in a Private Cabin.
7 | SOMERSET ISLAND, NU
It’s back into the ATVs! Soak in the ambience of the Northwest Passage as you drive to 1,000-year-old sites once inhabited by the Thule people – predecessors of modern Inuit and Yupik groups of Alaska, the Arctic, and the High Arctic. Look for wildlife at Polar Bear Point, then tackle Nansen’s ridge, which rewards hikers with classic Arctic views. Accommodations are at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge in a Private Cabin.
8 | SOMERSET ISLAND, NU
Ready for more outdoor adventure? Today, you’ll hike through the Badlands, a vast landscape where 8,000-year-old bowhead whale skeletons are exposed on the tundra. Savour a picnic lunch by the river, then choose between a raft, kayak or stand-up paddleboard for the leisurely two- to three-hour return to Arctic Watch. In the evening, brave the polar plunge for an ice-cold rejuvenation and cleansing! Accommodations are at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge in a Private Cabin.
9 | SOMERSET ISLAND, NU
Now that you’re familiar with the area, you can choose to experience an activity you missed during the week or would like to repeat. Spend the day at your leisure – there’s plenty of time before your flight departs in late afternoon. Once you arrive back in Yellowknife, you’ll indulge in a much-deserved rest. Accommodations are at the Explorer Hotel.