Northwest Passage Marathon and Ultramarathon Details


Day 1

8:30 a.m. Flight from Yellowknife to Arctic Watch, arriving at Arctic Watch at 4 p.m.
Cross the Cunningham River to Arctic Watch by raft.
Meeting in the great room for introductions, explanations, tea, coffee, cookies.
Settle into rooms

Day 2

Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. 
Meeting to discuss race details.
Training day - participants have the opportunity to view sections of the course, and warm up for the coming race. 

Day 3 –  Race day

Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
Ultra race starts at 9:30 a.m. from Arctic Watch. All marathon runners will travel from Arctic Watch to Polar Bear Point by Unimog truck. Marathon race starts at 10:00 a.m. from Polar Bear Point. The course profiles the shores of the Northwest Passage, before turning inland over the tundra back to Arctic Watch. 

All runners will be accompanied by an ATV support vehicle carrying food and clothing.

Day 4 – Experience Arctic Watch

Today is a chance to see more of Arctic Watch and its wildlife. Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Go sea kayaking, hiking, ATVing to see Arctic scenery and wildlife such as muskox, arctic foxes, and whales. This one day safari gives race participants the opportunity to experience the Arctic in one of Canada's few truly untouched environments. 

Day 5 – Departure

Today is your last day at Arctic Watch. We hike to the waterfalls in the morning. This torrent of cascading water over a series of triple waterfalls provides stunning viewds and a great place to visit for roaming muskoxen. The plane arrives in the afternoon to take you back to Yellowknife.


Accommodation is in small private cabins. Arctic Watch has sixteen cabins.

Group Size

Minimum group size is 12 runners, maximum is 32.


Northwest Passage Marathon Package at Arctic Watch: TBA
Transportation from Yellowknife: Included

Total cost per person: TBA

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I have been to Arctic Watch 4 times and am returning this summer for my 5th visit. If you are a lover of the wilderness, a fan of the North, or just generally curious about the more extreme portions of our planet, Arctic Watch should be number one on your "must visit" list.

there are many ways to see the Arctic but none so unique as Arctic Watch. You don't need to be an athlete or even particularly fit and yet Youspend the day experiencing wilderness at the most intimate level. Then pass your evenings sipping a cocktail, having a delcious dinner and sleeping warmly and comfortably under a down covering. The early Arctic explorers could not have imagined it. 

For wildlife afficianados there is no better way to get up close and personal with Beluga whales, musk oxen snowy owls and even the occasional polar bear. Photographers can have a field day. Gull Canyon alone is worth the trip.

the Weber family and their staff work tirelessly to ensure that their guests are safe, comfortable and having more fun than you'd think possible in such a remote location. There are few travel opportunities that offer a better travel dollar value proposition and I heartily recommend it to any serious traveler.

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See our photography galleries for examples of photos that our guests and staff have taken over the years.

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