Arctic Haven is located on Ennadai Lake, one of the great northern lakes in the Canadian Barren Lands. The lodge in on the tree line; go north and there are no trees, go south and it quickly become forested, a location rich in wildlife. The lodge is in the path of one of great caribou migrations; the Qamanirjuaq caribou herd of more than 300,000 animals. Every fall, the caribou go south into the trees for the winter, and each spring they head north, many of them walking up Ennadai Lake to their calving grounds. Wolves and wolverines live in the very surroundings, depending on caribou. There are also barren land grizzly bears, black bears, and many types of birds, including tundra swans, golden eagles, jaegers, and more. The lake holds trophy size lake trout, northern pike and grayling. At different times of the year, it is possible to catch all these fish on a fly rod. The lodge is fortunate to be located at the just the right latitude for great northern lights viewing.
The lodge is open from April to mid September. Adventures match the seasons, snowmobiling, skiing, snow shoeing, dog sleding kite-skiing, ice fishing, boating, hiking, wildlife viewing and fishing.
The lodge is a beautiful post and beam structure with 12 guest rooms, each with a full private bathroom. Powered by green energy at 90% (wind and solar), the lodge is quiet during the caribou migration. The staff are passionate, professional, expert and very caring. The food is incredible, including local foods such as wild blueberry creme brulé, Ennadai Lake trout gravlax and more.
Arctic Haven Lodge is the newest venture between Aleeasuk Idlout and Aziz Kheraj of Resolute Bay and Josée Auclair and Richard Weber, the owners of Arctic Watch Lodge. Aleeasuk grew up on Somerset Island in the High Arctic. Aziz has worked and lived most of his adult life in the arctic. Richard and Josée have operated Arctic Watch Lodge on Somerset Island sine 2000. The pair have been trekking in the Arctic since 1985. Richard is the most travelled North Pole explorer in the world.
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Arctic Haven is about the adventure and our team makes that possible. Meet the team that will be guiding your adventure:
A family of polar explorers. Richard, Josée, Tessum and Nansen have spent the past 25 years exploring the polar regions. Having lead some of the first polar expeditions to successfuly reach the North Pole, set speed records at both poles, recipient of the Order of Canada, renowned Arctic Wildlife photographer and worldclass polar guides, the Weber family knows Arctic. They've skied, kayaked, hiked and explored across Canada's far north.
As founders co-founders of Arctic Haven, Richard, Josee, Tessum and Nansen host guests from across the globe to the internationally recognized destination called Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge. Meet the rest of the team:
Co-Founder and Host at Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge, Richard Weber started working in the field of arctic tourism with the world’s first commercial North Pole trek in 1993, and conducted hiking and kayaking trips on Baffin Island. Richard
Co-Founder and Host at Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge, Richard Weber started working in the field of arctic tourism with the world’s first commercial North Pole trek in 1993, and conducted hiking and kayaking trips on Baffin Island. Richard has a distinguished, unparalleled polar pedigree spanning decades, with a history of polar “firsts” and record-breaking accomplishments.
Richard is a renowned polar explorer, having completed more than 60 Arctic, North and South Pole expeditions, and more successful treks to the North Pole than anyone in history. He has achieved diverse polar “firsts”, including the first surface crossing of the Arctic Ocean from Russia to Canada, and in the North Pole; the first snowshoe trek; first guided unsupported trek; first commercial trek; and the only trek to the North Pole and back without resupplies.
Richard Weber has recently been appointed to the Order of Canada for his "pioneering work as an explorer, adventurer and advocate for Arctic research and preservation" by the Governor General of Canada. This honor recognizes Richard's 30 years of polar exploration, two arctic lodges and countless expeditions across all Polar Regions.
Member of the Order of Canada
Co-authored two books on his polar adventures – Polar Attack: From Canada to the North Pole, and Back – and – Polar Bridge, The Soviet Canadian Trans-Arctic Expedition
Completed his 7th journey to the North Pole, starting from land, 2010
Completed the Steger International Polar Expedition in 1986
Completed 1988 Polar Bridge Expedition
Completed 1993 North Pole Dash, first commercial North Pole Expedition
Completed 1995 Weber-Malakhov Expedition; first and only unsupported trek to the North Pole and back
Completed North Pole classic 2006, unsupported
2009 Guinness World speed record to the South Pole; 2010 Guinness World speed record to the North Pole
Two Meritorious Service Medals
Three medals from Russian and Soviet governments
Member of Canada’s National Cross Country Ski Team for seven years
Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont
Co-Founder and Host at Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge, Josée Auclair has a distinguished, polar pedigree and has pioneered and led multiple women’s polar treks and expeditions to both Poles. Josée has traveled extensively
Co-Founder and Host at Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge, Josée Auclair has a distinguished, polar pedigree and has pioneered and led multiple women’s polar treks and expeditions to both Poles. Josée has traveled extensively in the Arctic since 1988 and has assisted her husband Richard Weber on several of his expeditions. She has skied to the North Pole, to the South Pole and actively participated in preparing and outfitting seven major expeditions to the North Pole. Richard and Josée have over 20 years of experience and more than 45 arctic expeditions to their credit (13+ of them to the North Pole). She has sea kayaked and hiked on Baffin Island and has spent two summers with a nomadic Inuit family in an outpost camp on Baffin Island.
- From 1999 to 2004, led and conducted annual treks covering the last degree to the North Pole
- Led Woman Quest; an all-woman trek to the North Pole in 2001
- Led an all-woman trek covering the last degree to the South Pole in 2007
- Competed for Canada on the National Cross Country Ski Team
- Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany from the University of Vermont; a teaching certificate from the University of Quebec
- First arctic expedition in 1988 - the first crossing of the Penny Ice Cap on Baffin Island
Nansen Weber has grown up in the arctic, spending every summer exploring the Arctic. Nansen Weber is Arctic Watch’s lead and professional wildlife photographer. When he’s not busy leading a private photography trip, or working with
Nansen Weber has grown up in the arctic, spending every summer exploring the Arctic. Nansen Weber is Arctic Watch’s lead and professional wildlife photographer. When he’s not busy leading a private photography trip, or working with film crews in the Arctic, Nansen is a lead guide and makes sure guests capture their picture perfect memories of Arctic Watch on camera. Nansen knows Arctic animals and environment - don’t be shy to ask him questions! Arctic wolves, caribou, muskoxen fights, sleepy polar bears, curious arctic foxes and playful belugas; he’s seen it. When he’s not photographing in the Arctic, Nansen devotes his time to photographic projects across the globe - most recently with National Geographic. Be sure to visit his wildlife photography website - www.NansenWeber.com
Tessum Weber, athlete and former ski racer, was born to be an adventurer. In the Arctic from the age of six weeks, he is now regarded as one of the foremost Arctic guides and experienced Arctic travellers. One of the world’s most
Tessum Weber, athlete and former ski racer, was born to be an adventurer. In the Arctic from the age of six weeks, he is now regarded as one of the foremost Arctic guides and experienced Arctic travellers. One of the world’s most eligible candidates for leading polar expeditions with international clients, his experience ranges from technical projects that include leading sea kayaking trips, ski expeditions and hiking/trekking trips to logistical projects such as working with film crews in remote regions. Tessum holds an undergraduate degree in commerce and devotes his time to working in the family business, Arctic Watch and sister lodge Arctic Haven while also guiding expeditions for Weber Arctic. In 2010, Tessum became the youngest person to ever trek to the North Pole. He accompanied his father RIchard, Howard Fairbank and David Pierce-Jones on the speed-record-setting trek to the North Pole. Together with his brother Nansen, they have gone on to pioneer polar firsts such as the world's northernmost helicopter skiing.Read morefrom Tessum Weber's bio
Polar Guide and mountain specialist with Weber arctic. Drew Nylen grew up in the interior of British Columbia, climbing and skiing in the Rockies, Selkirks and Monashees. His passion for the mountains and wild places has brought him to the arctic
Polar Guide and mountain specialist with Weber arctic. Drew Nylen grew up in the interior of British Columbia, climbing and skiing in the Rockies, Selkirks and Monashees. His passion for the mountains and wild places has brought him to the arctic where he has multiple first ascents and descents on Baffin Island of the great arctic mountain ranges. In the summer Drew works for Arctic Watch & Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodges in the Canadian arctic and barrenlands as a kayak guide and fly fishing guide. As a cyclist he has completed two crossings of the north american continent accumulating over 11,000km's of distance traveled by bicycle expedition and is a firm believer in human powered adventure.Read morefrom Drew Nylen's bio
Polar guide and kayak specialist. Alex Deschenes Philion was born to be outdoors. In the outdoor industry from a very young age, Alex began exploring the wild regions on foot, bike and kayak. He's cycled across South America, guides in the
Polar guide and kayak specialist. Alex Deschenes Philion was born to be outdoors. In the outdoor industry from a very young age, Alex began exploring the wild regions on foot, bike and kayak. He's cycled across South America, guides in the high Arctic, Antarctic and shares a deep passion for the environment. A regular "polar" paddler, Alex guides paddling on the eastern Northwest Passage and central Arctic regions of Nunavut. An avid snowboarder and white-water kayaker in the shoulder seasons, Alex's hometown is Gatineau, Quebec.Read morefrom Alexandre Deschenes Philion's bio
Niki's love and passion for the outdoors was born from adventures in Canadian lakes and forests at a young age. Since 2008, she has been coordinating and guiding educational expeditions for youth in the Polar Regions. In her role at Students on
Niki's love and passion for the outdoors was born from adventures in Canadian lakes and forests at a young age. Since 2008, she has been coordinating and guiding educational expeditions for youth in the Polar Regions. In her role at Students on Ice, she worked with over 600 high school and university students from around the world to explore and understand the Arctic and Antarctica. Niki was heavily involved in the International Polar Year, a collaborative effort to research and communicate about the Polar Regions. Most recently she calls Ushuaia home, while teaching at Portland Institute of languages. Niki has worked in the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Iceland and Antarctica. Niki works as a guide at Arctic Haven and sister lodge Arctic Watch.Read morefrom Niki Trudeau's bio
Madison Espie, grew up in the outdoors of Ontario. An Arctic Haven veteran, Madison is our head sommelier and chief foodie. A bubbly and enthusiastic adventurer, she is engaged with all the aspects of guest services and hospitality at Arctic Haven.
Madison Espie, grew up in the outdoors of Ontario. An Arctic Haven veteran, Madison is our head sommelier and chief foodie. A bubbly and enthusiastic adventurer, she is engaged with all the aspects of guest services and hospitality at Arctic Haven. Her numerous years of experience in the culinary world, outgoing personality and constant smile make her a great addition to the team. You’ll find Madison at the lodge, selecting wine, assisting in the kitchen and out on the tundra, sharing in adventure!Read morefrom Madison Espie's bio
Justin Tse has been in and around the restaurant industry since he was in diapers. He is a third-generation chef. Hailing from a restaurant family in Kingston, Ont., Justin moved to Ottawa, Ont., in 2010 after completing culinary school in his
Justin Tse has been in and around the restaurant industry since he was in diapers. He is a third-generation chef. Hailing from a restaurant family in Kingston, Ont., Justin moved to Ottawa, Ont., in 2010 after completing culinary school in his hometown. In Ottawa, he worked under chef Michael Hay at the Courtyard Restaurant, at that time known for an upscale French-influenced menu dotted with the best of molecular gastronomy techniques. At Courtyard, Justin rose to the position of pastry chef. In spring 2012, he joined the opening team at Odile, a renowned French Canadian bistro in Gatineau, Quebec. During Justin’s tenure at Odile, the restaurant was selected to participate in Gold Medal Plates, a prestigious culinary competition and fundraiser in support of the Canadian Olympic team. Odile also reached 56th place in Vacay magazine’s list of the top 100 restaurants in Canada. In 2015, Justin Tse was selected amongst ten Canadian chefs (of three thousand applicants) for the semi-finals of San Pelligrino's "Best Young Chefs on Earth". The competition distinguished the best chefs on earth under 30.
As head chef at Arctic Haven, Justin is interested in pursuing locality and seasonality – bringing the ingredients of the North to Canadian cuisine. According to Justin, “Josée sources only the finest ingredients, making my job easy. The Weber’s have always had a passion for great cuisine. The kitchen becomes the heart and soul of the camp. When clients aren’t out on the land or water, it’s all about the food.” When not wielding his chef’s knife, Justin can be found with a fishing rod in hand, eagerly fishing Arctic waters.
The Arctic is a vast and amazing region, one that we’re passionate about. That’s why we feel that everyone should visit the Arctic at least once in their lifetime. We started travelling in the arctic in 1985. In 1993, we ran our first commercial trip to the North Pole. In 2000 we started Arctic Watch Lodge, on Somerset Island in the High Arctic. Our sons, Tessum and Nansen, have spent every summer of their lives in the Arctic. The experience has taught them independence, resourcefulness and much respect for the environment.
In 2008, we started looking for a location for a second arctic lodge. Built in 2002 as a fishing lodge, Ennadai Lake (Arctic Haven) had a lodge that was open for fishing for the summers of 2003 to 2005. In 2013, we re-opened the lodge, renamed as Arctic Haven Lodge, a partnership with Aleeasuk Idlout and Aziz Kheraj of Resolute Bay, Nunavut. We wanted a location to complement Arctic Watch; an equally stunning region of the Arctic. A location home to thousands of caribou, several wolf packs, wolverines and more. Northern lights, snowmobiling, hiking, kayaking, kite-skiing, and of course fishing. The tundra is rich with every sort of life.
Ennadai Lake has a rich history with the Inuit. It is the traditional home of the Ahairmuit. They were relocated in difficult circumstances first to Neultin Lake in 1959, then Henik Lake in 1957 and finally to Arviat in 1959. For more information:
Relocating the Ahiarmiut from Ennadai Lake to Arviat (1950-1958) http://www.inuitoralityconference.com/art/Laugrand.pdf
There was a trading post of Revillon Frères near the current lodge but it was abandoned in the 1930s.
A weather station was built at the north end of the lake in 1949. Though it was abandoned in the 1960s, an unmanned station gives weather via satellite. You can find the weather any time on the Environment Canada website.
After two decades of learning and challenges we still love the arctic. We have met so many very special people… and it still feels wonderful to go out on the land.
With 25 years experience in the Nunavut tourism industry, the Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge team is proud to work with and support the growth of the booming tourism industry in Nunavut. Tessum Weber, Arctic Haven's operational manager, sits on the board of directors of Nunavut Tourism, working hand-in-hand with the not-for-profit organization on a volunteer basis.
Regard as one of the best quality Angus beef producers worldwide, Heritage Angus supplies Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge with the finest product available.
"At Heritage Angus Beef, how we work is how we live ‚ close to the land, in harmony with nature, connected to the highest quality standards possible". We are a group of western Canadian ranching families who are committed to working together to produce quality beef that is ecologically and economically viable. Our values reflect our agricultural heritage - honesty and integrity, trust and respect. Most important, our business is built on a healthy respect for relationships in everything we do. We believe the way plants, animals and people relate in a healthy, sustainable environment is crucial to the health and wellness of the world we all share. Heritage Angus Beef sets the highest of standards by paying close attention to animal welfare, food safety, traceability, environmental stewardship and rural Canadian values. We produce real Angus beef, the old fashioned way, the natural way, the Canadian way. Simply stated, Heritage Angus Beef is natural beef at its very finest, just as nature intended."
The Canadian Signature Experiences Collection distinguishes the top tourism experiences in Canada. Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge is proud to be recognized as part of the collection and one of Canada's premier experiences.
We actively work with travel industry partners, and welcome all travel trade and media inquiries.
We're always testing equipment, in search of the best available gear on the market. We're proud to partner with Suunto to have the best wrist-watches for our guides: watches that provide up-to-date information while we're out on the tundra, and allow us to make better decisions.
Are you a travel agent with a client eager to experience one of the most stunning destinations on earth? We're here to help. Arctic Watch works with a small network of travel agents and industry partners across the globe. We're proud to offer guaranteed, promptly paid comissions or net rates. With over 25-years experience, we can help you create the experience of a lifetime for your client. Contact us for more information.