Years ago, travel to the Arctic meant sleeping in a tent on the tundra, with no electricity or hot water. The Arctic Haven Wildness Lodge is a testament to just how much things have changed and to the level of comfort—even luxury—that today’s Arctic travellers can expect. Constructed in 2002, the Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge is located on Ennadai Lake, Nunavut, Canada. Nunavut, Canada’s largest and newest territory, formally came into being in 1999. Positioned on the Arctic tree line, the lodge offers a level of accommodation that is the equivalent to that of a five-star hotel in Nunavut.
Arctic Haven boasts 12 private guest rooms, with full private bathrooms. This is not camping! Guests bed down under thick duvets that keep them cozy and warm through the Arctic night. Rooms are customized to the needs of our guests - two singles, one queen - you decide! Electricity is generated by wind and solar (supplemented by a generator). Water comes from Ennadai Lake. It’s fully potable and is pumped daily into a holding tank at the lodge. Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge is the only green-energy powered lodge in Nunavut. Constructed in 2013, our facilities utulize wind and solar energy. Green energy creates very little noise which helps limit our impact on the surrounding environment.
Canadian gourmet fare with local dining experiences such as Ennadai Lake trout sashimi, tundra blue berry compote, Baffin Bay turbot and more - Arctic Haven guests feast on the same fresh, chef-prepared fine cuisine you're just as likely to find in the best urban restaurants yet with northern flare.
All our dining experiences are made from scratch: homemade European-style breads baked fresh daily, homemade yogurts, ice creams, organic Canadian meats, Ontario fruit and more.
As proud Canadians, we strive to incorporate the best elements of every Canadian province into our menus: Okanagan Valley wines, Alberta Organic Beef, French-Canadian cheeses and more.
Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge is located on the Arctic tree line, an environmentally fragile area. Due to the lodge’s location, we are keenly aware of the sensitive nature of the land, biodiversity and wildlife that surround us, and strive to make as little impact as possible.
Our airstrip has been designed to decrease impact on the surrounding environment, we maintain a system of trails to prevent scarring the land, and we take care to ensure our sewage and garbage is handled in the most environmentally friendly way possible. We have seen drastic changes in the Arctic climate, especially in the last few years, and keep visitors to a minimum so as not to disturb the local ecosystem.
Arctic Haven made the signifiant investment into green energy in 2013. Combining wind and solar energy, Arctic Haven is powered at approximately 90% by renewable sources. A diesel generator is utulized to supplement our energy consumption.
On Ennadai Lake we are observers. During the summer, we share the land with the wildlife. Our goal is not to disturb their habitat or disrupt their activities.
The maximum number of guests at Arctic Haven is approximately 24 people per week. This is the maximum number of people we feel the land can support and the maximum number of people we feel we can take on to the land without disturbing the wildlife
Our airstrip has been designed to decrease impact on the surrounding environment, we maintain a system of trails to prevent scarring the land, and we take care to ensure our sewage and garbage is handled in the most environmentally friendly way possible.
Arctic Haven limits the construction of trails to pre-established trails created by migratory caribou. Motorized access is limited to prevent scarring of the land and motor boats are utulized to travel greater distances.
Waste at the lodge is handled in the following manner; The lodge has a number of small septic systems that handle black and grey sewage. We use environmentally friendly products for cleaning.
Metal, glass, plastic and non-burnable garbage is packaged and returned to Yellowknife. All burnable garbage is burnt in our incinerator, which is powered by compressed air. This incinerator produces higher temperatures to burn waste more efficiently than simple passive burning.
The federal government makes yearly inspections to ensure that all our systems conform to environmental standards.