Arctic Watch is located in a marine environment. This means that the weather can change quickly, as much as 10°C in an hour. Normal daytime temperatures are 8°C to 14°C. On warm days the temperature can go up to 21°C. It can also snow at any time, though the snow never stays on the ground more than a day. A wind from the north coming over the cold ocean is noticeably colder than a wind from the south across the land. Heavy rains are rare; normally Arctic Watch receives light showers and mist. Temperatures are definitely warmer, particularly in July, and the land is much drier than 10 years ago. Arctic Watch is situated in Cunningham Inlet, Somerset Island. Located in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Somerset has an area of 24,800 square kilometres, making it the 12th largest island in Canada and 46th largest on earth. The uninhabited island is situated on the shores of the Northwest Passage approximately 90 kilomtres from Resolute Bay.
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. 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.
Commercial airlines offering flights to Yellowknife: When coming to Arctic Watch you will need to get to Yellowknife (YZF) to catch our charter flight north. We suggest the following airlines to get you here:
Air Canada - www.AirCanada.ca
West Jet - www.WestJet.com
First Air - www.FirstAir.ca
Canadian North - www.Canadiannorth.com
Our charter airline partner is Summit Air - www.summitair.net
All travellers to Arctic Watch should consider some form of insurance. We recommend trip interruption and health insurance that includes air ambulance (not ground ambulance). If you need an air ambulance to Yellowknife, Iqaluit or Ottawa, as a non-Nunavut resident, you’ll be responsible for the cost. Depending on personal circumstances, travellers should also consider cancellation insurance.
Resolute Bay nursing station, telephone 867 252-3844
Iqaluit hospital: A plane can be chartered through Summit Air
King Air plane equipped for medical evacuation
Yellowknife is the capital of the Northwest Territories and Canada’s most northerly city. This thriving community is located on the north shore of Great Slave Lake, and features endless summer days and incredible Arctic scenery. The city derives its name from copper knives used by the local Chipewyan tribe during the 1800s, and the area continues to be rich in a variety of minerals. It is a major gateway to the expansive and pristine world of the North, and most people fly through Yellowknife to reach other destinations in the NWT and Nunavut.
Geographical location: 62.27 N 114.22W
Elevation: 206 m (680 feet)
Population: 20,300 (2013)
Declared capital in 1967
Quality Inn & Suites – Edmonton International Airport
501 – 11th Avenue, Nisku, AB T9E 7N5
780 955-v3001 Toll-free: 1-888-884-8181
Holiday Inn Express – Edmonton International Airport
1102 4th Street, Nisku, AB T9E 8E2
Edmonton International Airport/Leduc Travelodge Suites
5704 50th Street, Leduc, AB T9E 6J4
The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
10065 100th Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 0N6
780 424-5181 / Fairmont reservations: 1-800-257-7544
The Blue Raven B & B
37 Otto Drive, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2T9
Eric & Eva
114 – Knutsen Avenue, Yellowknife, NT
The Waterfront B & B
5505 45th Street, Yellowknife, NT X1A 1K8
1 867 873-8113
More information about Bed & Breakfasts in the Northwest Territories can be found on www.bbcanada.com.
867 873-3531 Toll-free: 1-800-661-0892
4401 – 50th Avenue, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N2 1-877-839-1236
Fraser Tower Hotel
867 873-8700 Toll-fee: 1-800-716-6199
National Car Rental
NWT Brewing Company
A vibrant brewing company and patio restaurant located in the historic old-town of Yellowknife. They are the only brewery in the territory of Nunavut! http://www.nwtbrewingco.com
Bullock Bistro was voted the best fish and chips in Canada by Reader’s Digest.
Phone : 867 873-3474
Yellowknife’s oldest restaurant.
Phone : 867 873-4004
Thornton's Wine & Tapas Room
Voted one of the best Restaurants in Canada's North.
Phone: 867 669-WINE (9463)
See a comprehensive list of the dinning experiences from our friends at NWT Tourism.
Northern Frontiers Visitor Centre
A must when visiting Yellowknife: Easily accessible and just off the main highway leading into the city centre, the staff can offer information on Yellowknife and surrounding landscapes. Constantly evolving exhibits on history, geology, mining, natural history, aboriginal culture can be seen.
An original outpost of the north and frontier town for explorers headed to the reaches of the high Arctic, Yellowknife's Old Town is a must-see-for-all. A rocky point of land on the Great Slave Lake city waterfont, the location was ideal for early settlers to start a community. Once a hub of commercial activity for the region, float planes and barges regularly pulled up to their moorage and numerous pioneer businesses got their start to service miners and trappers. Modern-day old-town is now an upscale commercial and residential area with numerous original buildings still standing.
NWT Legislative Assembly
Free tours are offered daily of this impressive building that features exterior walls and roof clad in panels of zinc. When the building was constructed, as few trees as possible where removed and, today, there is plenty of wildlife in the immediate vicinity of the building. Skylights surround the Chamber and Caucus room, providing an abundance of natural light to the entire building. The NWT has a consensus government without any party systems. This building also houses the largest art collection from the Group of Seven artists.
Divak Diamond Mines Visitors Centre
Although Divak’s actual mines are located more than 300 km north of Yellowknife, guests to the Visitors Centre can enjoy demonstrations of diamond polishing and cutting. They can view some northern diamonds found locally and even purchase one as a special souvenir of the NWT. Visitors to Arctic Watch will fly over the mine en route to Arctic Watch.
Phone : 867 669-6500
Gallery of the Midnight Sun
This gallery sells a wide range of northern and Aboriginal arts and crafts, with a focus on Inuit soapstone carvings. NWT diamonds and demonstrations of diamond polishing are also available here.
5005 Bryson Drive
Phone : 867 873-8064
Downtown liquor store 11 a.m. TO 10 p.m.
Yellowknife Outdoor Adventures Ltd.
3603 Franklin Avenue, Yellowknife NWT
Offers guided boat trips for fishing pike or grayling. Also offers bird watching, photography, airplane tours as well as sightseeing and dinner cruises on Great Slave Lake.
A variety of trips are offered, ranging from 2 to 10 hours in all seasons for all ages.
Summer Activities: Great Slave Lake fish-fry lunch/dinner cruise, harbour tours, trophy pike fishing, fly-fishing, lake trout fishing, birding, sightseeing, photography, scenic float plane fly-in, East Arm northern gourmet shore lunch fly-in, Virginia Falls/ Nahanni National Park Reserve fly-in.
Fall activities: August 20- October 10
Aurora viewing fall packages,Great Slave lake Trophy pike fishing packages.
Day time boat tours, boat cruise and shore lunches.
Winter activities: guided snowmobile excursions, Aurora viewing by snowmobile, dog sled rides, ice road tours, interpretive art tours, guided interpretive snowshoeing excursions, fly-in caribou viewing. snowmobile rentals.
Spring activities: waterfowl migration and Tundra Swan observation.
Phone : 867 444-8320
Email : email@example.com