For the real outdoors person - experience world-class arctic fishing on the pristine 84 km long Ennadai Lake for arctic grayling, northern pike and lake trout. Many areas of the lake have never seen a fishing line. You and your party stay in an a beautiful rustic cabin, on an island, in the middle of a wildlife corridor. The price for 3 people is $5490 per person and the price for 4 people is $4750 per person. The locations has great access to bays, other islands, and the south Kazan River, 35 km by boat. The island has a gorgeous protected sandy beach right in front of the cabin. Ancient stone implements have been found (and remain) on the island. There will be two 18’ fishing boats with 40 HP motors and kayaks at your disposal. Keep in daily communication with the main lodge via radio and Iridium InReach. This adventure is anything you want it to be as you decide what kind of species to catch and the method. It’s an authentically Canadian experience in the heart of the unspoiled wilderness. To discover more about what to expect, we recommend reading some of our blogs. All of this and more is possible at 60° North at Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge.
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 articulated pike/musky streamers in orange/chartreuse/black, orange, chartreuse, white, pink, all with lots of flash.”
Situated on the shores of Ennadai Lake, Nunavut in the Barren Grounds treeline environment is Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge. Fly-in from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Nunavut’s only green-energy powered lodge. At 60° North the weather can change quickly - as much at 10°C in an hour. Normal daytime temperatures range from 10° to 20°C, and on warm days go as high as 25°C.
Fishing; Wildlife/Nature Sightseeing; Hiking & Walking; Water Sports
Arctic Haven’s comfortable Island Cabin is located 20 km from the main lodge and offers accommodations for up to 4 people, a woodstove, propane cookstove, propane fridge, outhouse. Stay in touch with the main lodge with a radio and satellite communications. Guests to the Island Cabin will be responsible for cooking the majority of their meals.
Accommodation for up to four people; sandy beach in front of cabin; 2 - 18’ Aluminum motor boats; kayaks; radio & satellite communications; propane stove & fridge; wood stove; outhouse
Any cancellations before 180 days prior to the departure date will receive a full refund less a $500 administration fee, per person. Any cancellations after that are not eligible for a refund.
As per Canadian Law, all quoted rates are GST applicable at 5%.
In the wild and unpredictable arctic, weather patterns and wildlife can disrupt even the best-laid plans. Therefore all of our itineraries are marked as ‘suggested’ -most excursions will be happen, just not necessarily on the days noted below.
Arrival Instructions: Please
book airline tickets to arrive in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 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 Winnipeg.
You depart your hotel in Winnipeg at 5:45 a.m. for the 6:30 a.m.
departure for a 50-passenger charter flight to Kasba Lake Lodge N.W.T.
After a comfortable 3-hour flight, where you will enjoy a light breakfast,
you will land at Kasba Lake Lodge private airstrip at about 9:00 am. Once
landed you will be transferred to a Beaver float plane, which will fly you
directly to Ennadai Lake, Island Cabin. This is about a
25-minute flight. Upon arrival guests meet the Arctic Haven staff and be given
an introduction on wildlife and safety in the Arctic. You are assigned a
boat(s), fuel, and given your food for the week. You are also supplied a Garmin
InReach Iridium text device and a radio for communications, as well as a GPS
with local landmarks and obstacles. Then, you are alone to enjoy your week of
What happens is all up
to you. The day will be dictated based on your individual preferences for type
of fish you wish to catch, method (spinning, trolling, jigging, fly-fishing)
and location you would like to explore on the lake.
At approximately 9:00
am the Beaver float plane will arrive from Kasba Lake and will fly you back to
Kasba Lodge for a 10:00 am departure back to Winnipeg. You can expect to land
back in Winnipeg at 1:00pm A light meal is be served on
board while you relax until arrival in at Winnipeg International Airport for about
1:00pm. Arrival is at the main terminal, it is an easy connection to your
All travellers must purchase travel insurance - even 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 Winnipeg to Arctic Haven is 25 kg per person, including carry-on. If you have additional gear that will exceed the weight limit please let us know in advance.