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Arctic Fishing & Adventure – Grayling, Northern Pike & Lake Trout 6 Nights

PRICE: $6,500.00
DEPOSIT: $1,900.00

EXPERIENCE OVERVIEW

Your Arctic fishing experience awaits - Fish for arctic grayling, lake trout and northern pike in one of the largest pristine lakes in Nunavut: Ennadai. Arctic Haven is the only facility on the 84 km long lake, and is outfitted with a custom fleet of boats - from kayaks to 25’ vessels - to suit your needs and get you out on a boat regardless of the weather. We will even break ice if necessary. Parts of the lake have never seen a fishing line. We practice barbless catch-and-release fishing. Arctic Haven has a cabin (on an island 20 km from the main lodge) and an outpost camp (70 km north of the lodge with access to the North Kazan River where you can experience world-class grayling fishing) on other parts of the lake ideal for fishing or exploring - staying the night in one of these locations is also an option.

Species of Arctic fish at Ennadai:

Grayling - A winged, active & aggressive fish, they are a member of the salmon family and found in the rapids of the Kazan River and in the left arm of Ennadai. The world record is 5 lbs 15 oz, and a 5+ lb fish has been caught in the Kazan River. They are best caught on a fly using a 4-5 weight rod with sinking or floating flies. Many different small to medium flies are good, including wooly bugger with/and without bead heads, black gnats, elk hair caddis, muddler minnows, bead head pheasant tails, bead head hares ears. Grayling can also be caught on gold and red Mepps spinners size #0 to #3. Or small 1/2” spoons.

Northern Pike - Found in the circumpolar northern hemisphere, these are long, think aggressive fish popular for sport fishing. The record caught in North America is 46 lbs. The largest caught in Ennadai is just over 30 lbs. Pike can be caught on big flies and popper flies, particularly in the Spring. They also hide in rapids behind big rocks, then use streamer flies. The more traditional method is spin casting with various lures, such as Len Thompson spoons in red, silver, blue, and Rappela jointed in orange. In the Spring they are in shallow waters, so lightweight spoons or floating lures work well.

“Lake Trout - This prized freshwater game fish is from the char family and native to North America. The record trout caught on Ennadai is 51 lbs. Note: They make a delicious meal. Lake trout can be caught by trolling, jigging and/or on a fly. When trolling for lake trout, the preferred rods are medium heavy, with a fast action. Most anglers have 60-80 braid on, tipped with an 80 lb mono leader. The best lures trolled are Len Thompson spoons (Red, Silver, Blue, Yellow), Rappla jointed orange, and Eppinger Husky lures. There’s an overlooked method of targeting lake trout and that is: fly fishing. Most fly fishermen do not have lake trout on their radar as a target species, as they are normally found in the deepest, coldest parts of southern lakes. Fishing for lake trout up north is a different ballgame, as the preferred “cold water” temperature for the lake trout is actually what we call “warm water”, so the fish are at the top of the water column. Rod: 10-12 weight if targeting large lake trout and 8-9 weight for average sized fish.

Line: Heavy sinking line, or high-density tips (20’)

Flies: Sizes 2/0-4/0, Game Changers, Deliveryman, large pike/musky streamers in orange/chartreuse/black, orange, chartreuse, white, pink, all with lots of flash.”

Want to spend a little time on solid ground? Hike or bike along the lake, eskers and tundra, to photograph bears, wolverines, tundra swans and ducks. Observe one of the largest herds in North American as they roam the Barrens - the Qamanirjuaq caribou - at times they can walk within metres of you. At day’s end enjoy a culinary feast inspired by locally sourced items and take a sauna by the lake. This is the perfect trip for people who love to fish, but if fishing is not your thing there are many other activities from biking, hiking, kayaking and searching for wildlife to keep you entertained. To discover more about what to expect, we recommend reading some of our blogs.

ABOUT THE LOCATION

Situated on the shores of Ennadai Lake, Nunavut in the Barren Grounds treeline environment is Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge. Fly-in 700 km from the nearest city, Yellowknife, NWT, to Nunavut’s only green-energy powered lodge. At 60° North the weather can change quickly - as much at 10°C in an hour. By June normal daytime temperatures range from 10°C to 20°C, and on warm days go as high as 25°C.

ACTIVITIES

Fishing; Wildlife/Nature Sightseeing; Hiking & Walking; Water Sports; Cycling & ATVs

ACCOMODATION/DINING

Travel to the Arctic used to mean a tent on the tundra, not anymore. Arctic Haven’s post and beam structure was designed to have as little impact on the environmentally fragile area as possible, yet provide guests with a high standard for accommodation and comfort in Nunavut. In addition to the common area and dining room, there are 12 private guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Where the wild meets the refined, enjoy a distinctly Canadian epicurious experience with gourmet meals inspired by every province. Taste locally sourced Ennadai Lake trout sashimi and tundra blueberry compote, along with Okanagan Valley wines, Alberta Organic Beef, French Canadian cheeses and more. Daily our talented chef prepares fresh breads, yogurts, ice creams and other treats to satisfy you at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

AMENITIES

  • 12 private rooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • Common area
  • Dining room
  • Sauna by the lake
  • 6 - 18’ Aluminum Crafts
  • 2 - 21’ Aluminum Crafts
  • 3 - 25’ Vessels
  • Kayaks
  • ATVs
  • Fat bikes

PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP

Proper preparation and gear for an adventure in the Arctic is key to your enjoyment, comfort and safety. Please read through and make a checklist of the gear required. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us.

Travel Recommendations & Notes

All travellers should consider purchasing travel insurance - even for Canadian guests. We recommend trip interruption, cancellation and health insurance that includes air ambulance. If an air ambulance is required to Yellowknife, Iqaluit or Ottawa, all non-Nunavut residents are responsible for the cost.

Baggage allowance on the charter flight from Yellowknife to Arctic Haven is 20 kg per person, including carry-on. If you have additional gear that will exceed the weight limit please let us know in advance.

Gear List

  • Fishing Gear - Please bring your own fishing gear. However, we do have spinning rods and reels to loan guests, and tackle at a very reasonable rate.
  • Neoprene Boots - It’s the update to the traditional rubber boot with neoprene uppers and a neoprene/polyurethane foot. The best brand is Muck Boots - muckbootcompany.com.
  • Waders - a good pair of waders if you are fishing.
  • Light Winter Jacket/Raincoat - In the cooler evenings, a warm jacket is a must.
  • Comfortable Hiking Pants - Pack a couple pairs of pants made of quick dry fabrics made from tightly woven, wind-resistant material. No cotton or silk content.
  • Long Underwear - A couple sets of long underwear made from synthetic or wool - no cotton or silk content.
  • Bug Gear - Protective insect clothing is necessary in the height of summer - mid-June thru end of July. Be sure your gear includes head nets and bug resistant clothing. RynoSkin comes highly recommended, and insect repellant is a must.
  • Day Pack - You’ll need a day pack to carry cameras and extra clothing on your excursions. We recommend Osprey Backpacks. Waterproof/resistant storage compartments are a must for water sports.
  • Personal Items - Toiletries, cameras, sunglasses, extra glasses/contacts or any other items you might require.
  • Raincoat and Rain Pants - These items are primarily for protection against the wind while on the ATVs, and the jackets are a necessity when hiking on cool days. Ensure your jacket is waterproof and seam-sealed.
  • Lodge Shoes - Light, comfortable shoes to wear in the lodge are useful.
  • Fleece Jacket - A fleece jacket is another necessity as an extra layer under your raincoat, for warmer days, or just to wear around the lodge.
  • Hat - A wool toque or fleece hat. Any cap really that is made from a material that dries easily.
  • Gloves and Mitts - Wind-resistant gloves for cold days or the ATV excursions. Mitts if you get cold easily.
  • Socks - Several pairs of good wool or wool-synthetic socks are a must. No cotton or silk content. Arctic Watch has Smartwool socks available for purchase if needed.
  • Sunscreen - The sun in the Arctic is extremely strong.
  • Binoculars - Great for spotting wildlife! We recommend Swarovski Optiks.
  • Arctic Haven has gear available for use on specific excursions: Snowmobile and ATV helmets, fishing gear, paddling dry jackets and pants, life jackets, and more.

ITINERARY

Arrival Instructions

When booking airline tickets to arrive in Yellowknife, NWT, we have scheduled a 2:00 pm departure for Arctic Haven so guests can arrive the same day if they choose. However, weather can be unpredictable, so it’s best to give a little buffer if you are travelling a long way. There are many options for accommodations, restaurants and attractions in Yellowknife.

Day 1

Depart Yellowknife at 2 pm from the Air Tindi Hangar where you will board a private charter for the 2 hour flight to Arctic Haven. Upon arrival (5pm local time) guests will meet the Arctic Haven team and be given a short introduction on wildlife and safety in the Arctic. After settling into their rooms dinner will be served. In the evening try fishing from shore at the “Honey Hole”, venture out for some kayak fishing or go for a walk to explore the beautiful surroundings.

Day 2

The day will be dictated based on your individual preferences for type of fish you wish to catch and method (spinning, trolling, jigging, fly-fishing). Or if you prefer a land based activity go hiking or biking and search for wildlife.

Day 3

The day will be dictated based on your individual preferences for type of fish you wish to catch and method (spinning, trolling, jigging, fly-fishing). Or if you prefer a land based activity go hiking or biking and search for wildlife.

Day 4

As an option, head 70 km north to our Outpost at the north end of Enndai. From here we can acess the North Kazan River where 2 to 3+ lb grayling are common. Big lake trout hide behind rocks and can be caught on a fly in these rapids. This location is well above the tree line and guests are welcome to overnight at the Outpost camp. Note: the day would be spent fishing along the way to the Outpost.

Day 5

The day be spent slowly returning to the lodge, as we would stop and fish at various spots along the way.

Day 6

The day will be dictated based on your individual preferences for type of fish you wish to catch and method (spinning, trolling, jigging, fly-fishing). Or if you prefer a land based activity go hiking or biking and search for wildlife.

Day 7

By now, guests are familiar with the area, and can opt to do an activity that they missed or would like to repeat. It’s an afternoon departure for Yellowknife to catch your return flight home.

ADD-ONS

There are no Add-On excursions for this adventure.

CANCELLATION POLICIES

Any cancellations before 180 days prior to the departure date will receive a full refund. Any cancellations after that are not eligible for a refund.

As per Canadian Law, all quoted rates are GST applicable at 5%. Prices are in Canadian currency.

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