The surroundings of Arctic Haven hold a spectacular concentration of wildlife: caribou, grizzly bears, arctic wolves, wolverines, golden eagles, bald eagles and more. Every Autumn (Fall), with the arrival of the northern lights, the Qamanirjuaq caribou herd leaves their summer calving grounds and journeys five hundred kilometres southward to their winter home. The Qamanirjuaq caribou number in the hundreds of thousands and are one of the healthiest herds in Canada. Several narrow sections of Ennadai Lake provide natural crossing places for the caribou. The Ennadai Lake area is also one of the most important locations in the arctic for migratory bird life.

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Witness a true wonder of nature, with hundreds of thousands of caribou ‘island-hopping’ south for the winter.

Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge will treat you to incredible gourmet food, including local muskox and Arctic char.

Enjoy daily activities by boat and foot, led by expert guides. Watch for a range of wildlife including wolverine!

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Day by day Itinerary

Caribou Migration

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Day 1


Arrive into Yellowknife and make your way to your downtown hotel for your 2 night stay.

Day 2


Day at leisure.

Day 3

Yellowknife - Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge

This morning depart by private charter plane for the 500 mile journey to 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 one hundred mile lake called Ennadai.

Guests are welcomed into the lodge, and a short introduction is given while guests are given the opportunity to settle into their private rooms. Prior to dinner, a short excursion by foot into the tree line is led by polar-guide Richard Weber. We begin to scout for the caribou following the natural eskers; paths worn into well-defined trails from centuries of migratory travel.

Day 4

Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge

You will be given a short introduction each day prior to heading out either by snowmobile or onto the waters of Ennadai Lake by boat. Arctic Haven has eighteen beautifully crafted custom aluminium boats designed for travelling on the lake. Travelling by boat is an excellent way to take in the surrounding landscapes, shifting from trees to barren hills as you travel along the shoreline, away from the tree line towards the local islands. Migratory birds including eagles, tundra swans, falcons and over 25 species of ducks 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. Often seen swimming in herds of two to twenty, the caribou ‘island hop’ on their migration south. Other wildlife also use these islands. Arctic wolves follow the caribou herds across the islands while martins, black bears and Arctic hares also call the protected berry rich island coves home during the summer and autumn months. Daily excursions explore different regions specifically looking for caribou, wolf, grizzly or black bears. You are given free time in the evening to wander – calm, clear and cool evenings are perfect for unspoiled Aurora Borealis viewings during the autumn season at Arctic Haven. (B)(L)(D)

Day 5

Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge

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Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge

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Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge

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Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge

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Day 9

Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge - Yellowknife

In the late afternoon, the plane will arrive to take guests back to Yellowknife. 

Day 10


Guests can choose to spend some time visiting Yellowknife or catch a flight south. 

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