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Adventurers can find nirvana at Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge

21st August 2013 Print

Newly opened five star Nunavut Lodge has a plethora of multi season activities for both novice and expert explorers.

Imagine travelling across the tundra and finding yourself in the middle of a herd of caribou: mothers and calves, plus males with formidable antlers. Next, experience a shot of adrenalin when you spot a wolf, muskox, grizzly or blackb bear while on an Arctic safari. Relax at days end with a hot shower, fine dining and wine in the luxuriously newly opened Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge

Five star lodgings are rare in the Arctic outback, especially in a remote area such as Nunavut's Barrenlands 150 km (93mi) north of the Manitoba border, right on the treeline. Set in a former timber framed fishing lodge on the shores of Lake Ennadai, Arctic Haven opened this summer, the latest  family project for legendary Canadian Polar adventurer Richard Weber and his wife, Josee Auclair, who has run the delux tented resort Arctic Watch on Somerset Island, 800 km (500mi) north of the Arctic Circle.

A 700 km (434mi) bush plane flight east of Yellowknife, NWT, Arctic Haven is open April to October to capitalize on a full range of multi season northern activities and events. Most unique is the opportunity to witness the twice yearly (spring and fall) migration of the 300,000 strong Qamanirgjuaq Caribou herd, many of which pass right by the lodge and swim across the lake. Visitors should also watch out for the Arctic Wolves that follow the caribou.

Every season offers wildlife viewiing, including bird watching for tundra swans, golden eagles and jaegers. Snowy spring in April and May is perfect for cross country  skiing,snowshoeing, ice fishing, snow mobiling and dog sledding. Go Kite Skiing and overnight in an outpost camp or learn to build an igloo. During long summer days when the sun edges towards midnight , there is hiking, kayaking boating and fishing for the lakes trophy sized lake trout, northern pike and grayling. And in the shorter days of fall, when the tundra turns crimson, yellow and orange, add the Northern Lights to that must do list .

Arctic Haven has 12 guest rooms, each with a full private bathroom  with solar powered hot water. Canadian sourced gourmet meals might include Arctic Char, fresh organic Alberta beef, musk ox tenderloin, Quebec cheeses and Canadian wines.

"You don't have to be experienced explorer to go on this Arctic adventure", says Tessum Weber, son of the owners and highly experienced ARctic Haven guide in his own right (who recently became the youngest person to trek to the North Pole). "You just need  a love of adventure".

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