Spring and Fall Caribou Migration
This 6-night Yellowknife holiday is perfect for any wildlife lover. Your accommodation, the Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge, is situated directly on the path of the Qamanirjuaq caribou herd - an estimated 350,000 animals strong. The surrounding hold a spectacular concentration of wildlife: caribou, grizzly bears, arctic wolves, wolverines, golden eagles, bald eagles and more. No matter the season, a plethora of incredible experiences are awaiting you. Plus, the remote location means not only that you are in the heart of nature, but you will also have the unmissable opportunity of witnessing the Northern Lights in all their glory. This really is your chance to experience the best of nature’s playground.
Flights can also be arranged from your regional Airport. Available on selected dates in 2019 - call for details.
This morning, depart by private charter plane to begin the 500-mile journey to the Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge. Nestled on the tree line, Arctic Haven is situated on the shores of one of the largest expanses of water on the Barrens; a stunning one-hundred-mile lake called Ennadai. On arrival you will welcomed into the lodge with a short introduction before being given the opportunity to settle into your private rooms. Before dinner, you will enjoy your first journey into the heart of nature with a short excursion led by polar-guide Richard Weber. Scout for the caribou following the natural eskers; paths worn into well-defined trails from centuries of migratory travel. Your first day could not end more perfectly.
You will begin each day with an introductory talk before heading out either by snowmobile (May tours) or onto the waters of Ennadai Lake by boat (September tours). Arctic Haven has eighteen beautifully crafted custom aluminum boats designed for travelling on the lake. Travelling on Arctic Haven’s custom aluminium boats is an excellent chance to take in the ever-changing landscape, shifting from trees to barren hills as you travel along the shoreline. Keep an eye out for the migratory birds including eagles, tundra swans, falcons and over 25 species of ducks that call the water’s edge home.
The local islands - some only a few hundred feet wide - are used by the Qamanirjuaq caribou to cross the lake. Caribou aren’t the only wildlife you could catch a glimpse of. Arctic wolves follow the caribou herds across the islands while black bears, grizzly bears and arctic hares also call the rich island coves home. You will have the opportunity each day to explore different regions and look specifically for each kind of wildlife.
Each evening will be spent at your leisure doing whatever you please. Wander around the grounds, drinking in your beautiful surroundings in the clear, calm cool evening. If you are visiting in the autumn, we suggest you spend your nights gazing at the unspoiled views of the Northern Lights.
After one final morning in this incredible lodge, a plane will arrive to take you back to Yellowknife in the late afternoon. You can either spend some time in Yellowknife or catch a flight south to explore the rest of Canada’s wonderland – the world is your oyster.