Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to get special vaccinations?

No, no special vaccinations are required.

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Where can I get a map?

A topographical map of Cunningham Inlet is part of the “Resolute Bay” map, scale of 1:250,000, number 58F. Maps are available from the world 

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On what kind of plane will I fly?

The charter plane from Yellowknife to Arctic Watch is either a Dash-8, a 38-passenger turbo-prop aircraft, or a Dornier 228, a 19-passenger turbo-prop aircraft.

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Do I really need rubber boots? 

Yes you do. A good set of rubber boots, particularly a pair that you can wear for walking is the single most useful piece of gear. Rubber boots are the best footwear for the ATVs. When hiking or walking there are often small streams and wet areas to cross. 

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Do I need long underwear?

Yes, the temperature can vary from a high of +20C (70F) to freezing. Normal temperatures are +8C to +12C. This is cool and a layer of synthetic (no cotton please) underwear is the best first layer next to your skin. 

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Does it snow during the summer?

In the High Arctic it can snow at any time of the year. If it does snow in the summer, it usually melts within a day. As a general rule of thumb, we always recommend preparing for 0C to +20C (70F).

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Is there running water/electricity in my cabin?

Each cabin has 110 volt electricity, cold running water and a marine toilet. 

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Am I likely to see a polar bear?

Polar bears are very unpredictable animals. Some years we see several bear(s) per week, some years we see no bears all summer. If you really want to see a polar bear, there are areas we can go where the chances of seeing a bear are greater. 

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What is the average temperature during the day and night?

The average daytime temperature is +10C to +12C. At night the sun is still up, but it is lower on the horizon and the temperature is about 5 degrees colder. Please remember that this is the high arctic; prepare for 0C to +20C (70F).

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Are there mosquitoes or other bugs?

There are no biting insects at Arctic Watch.

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Are single rooms available?

At Arctic Watch we have 16 cabins for guests. We keep the number of guests to twenty-six per week, so normally we accommodate everyone in a single cabin if they wish. 

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Do I need to bring gear for sea kayaking?

No, all the gear you will need to go sea kayaking is at Arctic Watch, including dry suits, paddles and PFDs.

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Do I need experience to sea kayak?

No, most of the kayaks are for two people (doubles). If you have no experience, we will put you with a guide or someone with experience. The boats are extremely stable. If conditions are windy or wavy, we will not go out.

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Is there alcohol at Arctic Watch?

Alcohol is avalable for purchase at the lodge. If you wish to bring any alcoholic drinks of your own, please do so, it’s your vacation. We do ask that you respect the other guests. Our wine list includes some of the finest wines in Canada. 

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I require a special diet. Can you accommodate it?

All the food at Arctic Watch is flown 1500 km from Yellowknife. Although the nearest grocery is that far away, we can provide vegetarian meals if requested. For those with special diets, such as “gluten free,” we will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable during your visit. Please be sure to let us know of your requirements well in advance.

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Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of an experience at Arctic Watch. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to an Arctic experience. 

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