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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to get special vaccinations?

No, no special vaccinations are required.

Where can I get a map?

A topographical map Ennadai Lake is available from several sources. The government of Canada has a web site at It is possible to zoom in on Ennadai and print yourself a map. The lodge is located at 60° 45’ 57” north latitude and 101° 41’ 25” west longitude. For a 1:250,000 map the NTS numbers are 65F and 65C.  Maps are available from World of Maps in Ottawa (613 724-6776) or online at

On what kind of plane will I fly?

The charter plane from Yellowknife to Arctic Haven is either a Dash-8, a 38-passenger turbo-prop aircraft, Dash-7, a 40 passenger aircraft, or a Dornier 228, a 19-passenger turbo-prop aircraft.

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 or boating. When hiking or walking, there are often small streams and wet areas to cross. We recommend Muck Boots (Wetland model).

Do I need long underwear?

In the winter, spring and fall you will need long underwear. The temperature can vary greatly. Winter (April) expect -20°C (-4°F) at night to +5°C (41°F) in the day. Spring and fall (May, June Aug, Sep) expect -2°C (28°F) to +20°C (68°F). Summer (June, July) expect +5°C (41°F) to +25°C (77°F). Please do not bring cotton or silk underwear; only polypropelene or merino wool. 

Does it snow during the summer?

The snow is mostly gone by the end of May.  The ice on Lake Ennadai is solid into early June. The first snows return in October. 

Is there running water/electricity in the lodge and my room?

The lodge runs on 110-volt electricity throughout the building. All rooms have standard running water and heating. 

Am I likely to see a grizzly bear?

Barren land grizzly bears are very unpredictable solitary animals. We tend to see them in one particular area, particularly in the late spring. 

What is the average temperature during the day and night?

For temperatures please anticipate: Winter (April) expect -20°C (-4°F) at night to +5°C (41°F) in the day. Spring and fall (May, June Aug, Sep) expect -2°C (28°F) to +20°C (68°F). Summer (June, July) expect +5°C (41°F) to +25°C (77°F).  Autumn (Aug, Sep) expect -2°C (28°F) to +20°C (68°F).

Are there mosquitoes or other bugs?

The biting insects come out in early June, get fierce, but are gone by mid August.

Are single rooms available?

We have 12 rooms for guests. Normally we have double occuancy but we can arrange for single occupancy.

Do I need to bring gear for sea kayaking?

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

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.

Is there alcohol at Arctic Haven?

Alcohol is available 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.

I require a special diet. Can you accomodate it?

All the food at Arctic Haven is flown 800 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,” please notify us upon booking. Please be sure to let us know of your requirements well in advance. 

Is there an age minimum to visit Arctic Haven? 

While we do recommend a minimum age of 6 years old. The Arctic is a special experience for children, one that we encourage all families to undertake. Please do contact us if you are planning on bringing your children to Arctic Haven. We'd love to hear how we can create a unique experience.

Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of an experience at Arctic Haven. 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.

Careers at Arctic Watch

Join the Team

Arctic Haven hires fit, enthusiastic people to work in and around the lodge. Being a guide in the Arctic requires special skills. The terrain, the climate and the wildlife are very different. We train our own guides because this is a very specialized area and this is an environment that doesn’t allow for any mistakes.

Other potential positions include :

  • Chef, Sous-chef
  • Guides
  • Massage therapist
  • Wildlife specialist
  • Mechanic

Submit your resume via email or contact us at 1(819)923-0932. 

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