Getting to Arctic Watch

How to get there

Arctic Watch Wilderness LodgeA visitor stopping over at Arctic Watch!Arriving at Arctic WatchArctic Watch LodgeThe Dash 8 on the Arctic Watch StripOur private charter arriving at Arctic WatchDash 8 Leaving Arctic Watch!The Plane in Yellowknife, NWTOur private charter arriving at Arctic Watch!
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It’s easier than you think!

While getting to Arctic Watch is far easier than you think, it helps to know a little more about the area through which you’ll be travelling. Read on and you’ll find information on restaurants, accommodations and attractions in Yellowknife, flights, travel insurance providers and everything else you need to travel comfortably and confidently.

First Air, West Jet, Canadian North and Air Canada offer regular daily service from Edmonton and Calgary to Yellowknife. Most visitors to Arctic Watch arrive in Yellowknife the day before their scheduled departure to Arctic Watch. From Yellowknife, you’ll board a private plane for the four-and-a-half-hour flight (1,500 km/1,000 miles) to Arctic Watch with a refueling stop in Cambridge Bay. The flight departs Yellowknife every Friday morning, arrives at Arctic Watch in early afternoon, then returns to Yellowknife, arriving in the evening.

The private fleet includes a 19-passenger Dornier 228 from and a 37-passenger Dash 8-100 from Summit Air.

At Arctic Watch we do everything possible to ensure that you have an enjoyable holiday. Using our own charter planes from Yellowknife allows you to spend less time travelling and more time enjoying the Arctic. It’s important to note, however, that travel in the Arctic is weather dependent. Delays do happen.

The baggage allowance for the charter flight from Yellowknife to Arctic Watch is 44 lbs (20 kg) per person which includes a carry-on. Please let us know if you will have additional gear, such as photographic equipment.

The duration of your stay at Arctic Watch can be either shortened or lengthened due to weather. If a layover is required in Yellowknife or Cambridge Bay due to weather, neither Canadian Arctic Holidays nor Arctic Sunwest is responsible for covering the costs of lodging or meals. However, if a layover is required due to a mechanical or maintenance problem with an aircraft, then the airline will be responsible for your stay.

Your visit to Arctic Watch Lodge is from Friday to Friday. You arrive on a Friday afternoon and depart Arctic Watch the following Friday afternoon. It will be necessary for you to stay overnight in either Yellowknife or Edmonton on your way home. A list of hotels is provided.

There is no extra charge in the event that weather delays lengthen your stay at Arctic Watch.

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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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  • BBC Earth talks Cunningham Inlet Research

    We launched a partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium to bring long-term research back to Cunningham Inlet. The nearly two thousand strong beluga whale population that visits Cunningham Inlet every summer is one of the largest concentrations of belugas left on earth - BBC explains.

  • Polar Wildlife Photography Tips from Nansen

    Nansen Weber has had access to the Arctic as his photography playground his entire life. Spending most summers in his youth exploring Baffin Island with his family and Inuit friends, he grew up with the spectacle of the Canadian Arctic as his muse.

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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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  • Kayaking at Arctic Watch
  • Gull Canyon at Arctic Watch
  • Tundra landscapes during the spring at Arctic Watch
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Visit our Youtube channel to see and experience Arctic Watch through the eyes of a guest.

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The Arctic Watch ExperienceBeluga Whales at Arctic Watch Wilderness LodgeArctic Hare stretches on the rocks at Arctic Watch

We are passionate about the polar regions of the world; the arctic, the North Pole and the South Pole. We plan unique treks to the Canadian High Arcticin places such as Ellesmere Island, Alex Heiberg Island and Baffin Island. We have trekked more often and more successfully to the North Pole than anyone in history. Find out more about at Weberarctic.


If you are planning an arctic trip, you should meet the WeberArctic team. They offer tips on polar travel philosophy, history and geography, climate implications for modern explorers, logistics and navigation, daily routines, travel techniques, clothing, equipment and more.


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