Escape the hectic rush of city and head to the unspoiled authentic Arctic for an exclusive three-day culinary adventure on the shores of Ennadai Lake, Nunavut in the Barren Lands. Award-winning celebrity chef Ryan O’Flynn and Weber Arctic’s own executive chef Justin Tse have teamed up to bring you a series of Arctic inspired dinners. Each evening will feature a refined six-course meal that incorporates local ingredients from the land, lake and sky. But this experience is about more than just food — it offers two days of exploration that includes world-class fishing, hiking and photographing wildlife such as caribou, wolves, bears and wolverines in the gorgeous backdrop of the tundra awash in the vibrant reds, purples and oranges of Fall. Guests will also be able to see the stunning Northern Lights. Seats are limited. To discover more about Arctic Haven, we recommend reading some of our blogs. Don’t forget to bring your appetite — and your camera.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
Situated on the shores of Ennadai Lake, Nunavut in the Barren Grounds treeline environment is Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge. Fly-in 700 km from the nearest city, Yellowknife, NWT, to Nunavut’s only green-energy powered lodge. At 60° North the weather can change quickly — as much at 10°C in an hour. Normal daytime temperatures range from 5° to 18°C, and on warm days go as high as 22°C.
Wildlife/Nature Sightseeing; Skiing & Riding; Fishing; Hiking & Walking; Water Sports
Travel to the Arctic used to mean a tent on the tundra, not anymore. Arctic Haven’s post and beam structure was designed to have as little impact on the environmentally fragile area as possible, yet provide guests with a high standard for accommodation and comfort in Nunavut. In addition to the common area and dining room, there are 12 private guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
Where the wild meets the refined, enjoy a distinctly Canadian epicurious experience with gourmet meals inspired by every province. Taste locally sourced Ennadai Lake trout sashimi, tundra blueberry compote, Baffin Bay turbot along with Okanagan Valley wines, Alberta Organic Beef, French Canadian cheeses and more. Daily our talented chef prepares fresh breads, yogurts, ice creams and other treats to satisfy you at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
12 private rooms with ensuite bathrooms
Sauna by the lake
6 — 18’ Aluminum Crafts
2 — 21’ Aluminum Crafts
3 — 25’ Vessels
Helicopter for Heli-safari/Heli-Hiking Add-On. Don’t miss out!
PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP
Proper preparation and gear for an adventure in the Arctic is key to your enjoyment, comfort and safety. Please read through and make a checklist of the gear required. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us.
Travel Recommendations & Notes
All travellers must purchase travel insurance — even Canadian guests. We recommend trip interruption, cancellation and health insurance that includes air ambulance. If an air ambulance is required to Yellowknife, Iqaluit or Ottawa, all non-Nunavut residents are responsible for the cost.
Baggage allowance on the charter flight from Yellowknife to Arctic Haven is 20 kg per person, including carry-on. If you have additional gear that will exceed the weight limit please let us know in advance.
- Neoprene Boots — It’s the update to the traditional rubber boot with neoprene uppers and a neoprene/polyurethane foot. The best brand is Muck Boots — muckbootcompany.com.
- Winter Boots — Sturdy, waterproof/water-resistant leather lightweight boots are ideal, but a pair of Muck Boots will also work.
- Light Winter Jacket/Raincoat — In the cooler evenings, a warm jacket is a must.
- Comfortable Hiking Pants — Pack a couple pairs of quick dry pants made from tightly woven, wind-resistant material. No cotton or silk content.
- Long Underwear — A couple sets of long underwear made from synthetic or wool — no cotton or silk content.
- Day Pack — You’ll need a day pack to carry cameras and extra clothing on your excursions. We recommend Osprey Backpacks — Osprey.com. Waterproof storages compartments are a must for water sports.
- Personal Items — Toiletries, cameras, sunglasses, extra glasses/contacts or any other items you might require.
- Fishing — We have gear, but if you prefer your own — bring it.
- Raincoat and Rain Pants — These items are primarily for protection against the wind while on the ATVs, and the jackets are a necessity when hiking on cool days. Ensure your jacket is waterproof and seam-sealed.
- Lodge Shoes — Light, comfortable shoes to wear in the lodge are useful.
- Fleece Jacket — A fleece jacket is another necessity as an extra layer under your raincoat, for warmer days, or just to wear around the lodge.
- Hat — A wool toque or fleece hat. Any cap really that is made from a material that dries easily.
- Gloves and Mitts — Wind-resistant gloves for cold days or the ATV excursions. Mitts if you get cold easily.
- Socks — Several pairs of good wool or wool-synthetic socks are a must. No cotton or silk content. Arctic Watch has Smartwool socks available for purchase if needed.
- Sunscreen — The sun in the Arctic is extremely strong. Arctic Haven has gear available for use on specific excursions: Snowmobile and ATV helmets, fishing gear, paddling dry jackets and pants, life jackets, and more.
In the wild and unpredictable Arctic the weather patterns and wildlife can disrupt even the best-laid plans. Therefore all of our itineraries are marked as ‘suggested’ — most excursions will be happen, just not necessarily on the days noted below.
When booking airline tickets to arrive in Yellowknife, NWT, we have scheduled a 2:00 pm departure for Arctic Haven so guests can arrive the same day if they choose. However, weather can be unpredictable, so it’s best to give a little buffer if you are travelling a long way. There are many options for accommodations, restaurants and attractions in Yellowknife.
Depart Yellowknife at 2 pm from the Air Tindi Hangar where you will board a private charter for the 2 hour flight to Arctic Haven. Upon arrival guests will meet the Arctic Haven team and settle into their rooms before the first six-course gastronomical experience. Wine pairings are also available. Afterwards, an informal lecture by Richard Weber on his North Pole expeditions — highlighting his historic (and unrepeated) 1995 unassisted journey. There will be the opportunity to unwind in the wood fired sauna by the lake and take in the Northern Lights.
There will be a safety briefing on treeline exploration by foot. Then it’s off on an educational Arctic mushroom hike and to forage for tundra berries. Arctic Haven is on the migratory path of the Qamanirjuaq caribou, so expect to see them in addition to wolves, bears, and wolverines. After lunch get introduction to Ennadai Lake with a boat trip to the north islands used by caribou during their migration and mountain bike back to the lodge along the ancient trails the caribou have forged. In the evening will be another unforgettable six-course meal. Wine pairings are also available. As digestif, end the evening with a sauna and the Northern Lights.
Ennadai offers some of the best grayling fishing in Northern Canada, so we’ll boat to the Caribou Crossing River to fish — chances are there will be sightings of wolves, grizzly bears and wolverines. Lunch on the tundra, followed by lake trout fishing on reefs in the afternoon. Return to the lodge for the final distinctly Canadian six-course feast by Ryan and Justin — wine pairings are optional. Afterwards, retire to the common room for a presentation by Arctic Adventurers Nansen and Tessum Weber.
By now, guests are familiar with the area, and can opt to do an activity that they missed or would like to repeat. This would be the perfect opportunity to experience Ennadai Lake and surrounding area from above with our Heli-Safari/Heli-Hiking Add-On. Seeing the tundra in all of Fall’s magnificent colours and wildlife from the sky is a not to be missed opportunity (more details below). Then it’s an afternoon departure for Yellowknife to catch your return flight home.
View the 300,000+ strong Qamanirjuaq caribou’s migration and the Barren Lands from above — it’s a 1.5 hour once in a lifetime experience. Get into the helicopter and take in the vibrant and transforming Spring or Fall landscapes. The colours of Fall are magnificent bursts of rich reds, purples and oranges in the sandy eskers and marshy tundra. Different spots will offer opportunities to land and hike for a closer experience with the animals (caribou, grizzly bears, wolves and muskox) and environment. This is also a fantastic way to reach the most remote fishing spots such has the North Kazan River which offers world-class fly fishing opportunities.
PRICE: $1,200 person/per day
Any cancellations before 180 days prior to the departure date will receive a full refund. Any cancellations after that are not eligible for a refund.
ADD-ON POLICY: If an Add-On trip is cancelled due to weather or insufficient numbers, everyone who signed up will receive a full refund.
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