Five months after my return from Arctic Watch I'm still enthralled.
As a world travelling Canadian I've always felt that I was missing a proper arctic experience. I was hesitant about doing the Arctic by cruise ship - not sufficiently hands-on; or arranging a big hiking experience - too rough at this stage in my life. Arctic Watch was the perfect substitute - while you have all the comforts necessary there is no doubt that you're fully immersed in this unique. environment.
The Weber family and staff are extraordinary hosts only too thrilled to share their deep love of the arctic with guests. They go out of their way to make everyone feel at home and try to cater to individual desires (as much as possible). The excursions (hikes, kayaking, rafting, ATVing etc.) are varied and thrilling. The opportunities to interact with the environment, in a sensitive manner are first rate. The guides are very knowledgable and appropriately careful about guests safety and the wildlife. Our experience tracking herds of muskox with Tessum was exceptional - but as soon as it was clear that the muskox thought we were close enough Tessum led us away.
The opportunity to see, from very close, hundreds of belugas was certainly one of the highlights of my week at Arctic Watch. Watching them enjoy the fresh water and scrape along the beach was unique but even more so was to hear their singing - pure magic in the arctic.
The biggest surprise was the food - I can't recall ever having eaten such consistently excellent food for a period of a week. The kitchen staff go out of their way to provide imaginative fresh wholesome gourmet fare throughout your stay.
Is Arctic Watch expensive? Absolutely. Does it provide value for money? Without a doubt.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arctic Watch is a Nunavut 5-star resort, located 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Home to over 2000 beluga whales, Arctic Watch is home to the largest annual migration of beluga whales on earth. Guests can see beluga whales, polar bears, arctic foxes, seals, muskoxen, snowy owls and more. Hike the tundra, explore canyons, sea kayak with beluga whales, raft the Cunningham River, fish for Arctic char, ATV the Northwest Passage or relax at Arctic Watch with a glass of wine; the staff at Arctic Watch are on hand 24/7 to ensure the experience of a lifetime. With over 25 years experience, we strive to create tailored experiences, catering the each visitor's desires and abilities. ... more less