At Arctic Watch, we're extremely passionate about our work. The daily excursions, whether it be out on the tundra, on the Northwest Passage, or down the Cunningham River, are tailored, with each activity geared to guest abilities and desires. The lodge, accommodation, staff, excellent meals, and the entire experience - a labour of love, started by my parents nearly 13 years ago. We continue to deliver the Arctic Watch experience as a family affair, with an excellent team of staff!
Early season at Arctic Watch, the staff opening up the lodge!
Chef Jeff working on one of his famous desserts
When a guest leaves Arctic Watch, knowing that they've just had an amazingly memorable experience, that surpassed expectations; we know we did our job - and it's an extremely rewarding feeling!
I'd like to share an excerpt from a guest this summer, who recently sent a "thank-you email". She joined us this past July, for two weeks at Arctic Watch: "I have been struggling to find the right words and now realize that all the superlatives – amazing time, once in a lifetime trip, awesome, etc. don’t do justice to the Arctic Watch experience. For me, I think “magical” comes close. It was such a relaxing time, even though you kept us busy, and when it got challenging (which it was a few times) I always felt rewarded at the end. Those seem to be the elements I am always looking for in one of my “big trips”. And when we headed off to do something that I didn’t think I could do, I always felt safe and was confident that I probably could – for example - get up to that ridge on Gifford Point (and back down) and then felt great about my accomplishment. It was a privilege to share your knowledge and your obvious sense of stewardship. And it was fun to go exploring, to find out what was up that canyon. I can’t say enough about your team. They are very experienced guides, eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm, and couldn’t seem to do enough to make sure I had everything I needed. Always with a smile and often a wry sense of humour and a lot of patience! My decision to stay for two weeks was absolutely the right thing to do. I would have happily repeated the menu and activities of week one during week two. But how nice to have our own itinerary as often as possible and for me to have such first rate ATV drivers, so all I had to do was climb on the back and hold on!! As for the food, it was everything and more than what is shown on your website. No-one believes me until I show my photos – top quality ingredients and excellent chefs - you can't beat that combination. Those not-too-sweet desserts, night after night, to say nothing of the sushi, the cookies, the nut loaves, the cheeses… And a special thank you for being so helpful with my peanut allergy. It was all handled so well and discretely, that I never worried. It was a real privilege to share Arctic Watch with you. My experience only confirms, again, that the Arctic is tied at the top of my list with Nepal, as my favourite place in the world to travel." Liz Ruddick