The Best of the Arctic
If you want to visit Churchill but want to explore the Arctic Circle, this combination including Naujaat fits the bill perfectly! Visit a traditional Inuit community that lies on the Arctic Circle, and experience the best that the north has to offer.
- Visit Naujaat, an Inuit community sitting on the Arctic Circle
- Arctic Circle Crossing Certificate – an excellent memento
- Hike out of Naujaat and look for polar bears and caribou crossing the tundra, and scan the waters for seals and elusive narwhal
- Town of Churchill and area tour
- Option to add in beluga whale watching tours, kayaking, paddle boarding or snorkelling
Group Size: 6
Your journey to the Arctic begins this morning after an early check-in at the Winnipeg Airport. We always recommend a window seat – on a clear day, this scenery on the flight north can be absolutely stunning! After a few community stops, you’ll land in Naujaat (Repulse Bay) where you will be transferred to your accommodations.
In 1742, Christopher Middleton entered the Bay from Roe’s Welcome Sound during his search for the Northwest Passage. He discovered that it was indeed a bay and not a passage and in his frustration at being blocked named it “Bay of Repulse”. It was not until much later that the area was visited by explorers of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Most notable of these was Dr. John Rae. Setting out from Churchill in the summer of 1846, he and his crew landed at the mouth of the North Pole River, 24 kilometers west of present Naujaat (formerly called Repulse Bay). Quickly building a large stone house for “over-wintering”, he then set out by dog team to explore and map the uncharted Arctic Coast. In the process, Rae became the first European to explore the North using traditional Inuit methods. Actually, Rae and his party used the stone house only briefly. They found igloos far warmer and more comfortable.
As the bowhead whale stocks rapidly became depleted, the whalers were replaced by the fur traders of the Hudson’s Bay Company; a post opened in 1921. In 1932, they were joined by missionaries of the Roman Catholic Church. The first public housing was built in the early 1960s and the present community was established. Government offices and a flurry of construction followed in 1968.
A stroll through Naujaat tells a story of life in today’s Arctic, where the past rubs shoulders with the future. Skins of caribou and polar bear dry on the walls of modern houses, and meat and fish hang on drying racks. Qamutiks (traditional Inuit sleds) may be stacked for summer storage beside the latest fuel-injected snowmobiles. Elders in sealskin kamiks are often seen walking towards the Northern Store or Co-op.
This afternoon, a local guide will take you on a community tour of the hamlet, as well as the surrounding area. After dinner this evening, we recommend heading over to the community center where you may want to join in on a game of pool and make some new friends!
Head down to the hamlet office this morning to get your Arctic Circle Crossing Certificate – an excellent memento for your trip to the Arctic Circle.
Afterwards you will meet your local guide and bear guard, will introduce you to the area as you embark on a hike out to a nearby inlet where you will have a chance to scan the waters for narwhal, seals and polar bear and even possibly caribou across the tundra. The waters surrounding Naujaat are home to fascinating history. From the John Rae exploration to the whaling industry and even now to modern Inuit life you’ll explore the fjords and rocky shorelines along the Arctic waters and visit sites of traditional Thule people and marvel at the tent rings that still exist today. Alongside your guide, channel your inner explorer and marvel at this untouched land and water.
Your last day in Naujaat begins with another hike this morning to explore the tundra, the rugged shorelines and the immense beauty of the area and search for more Arctic wildlife before heading back to town for lunch this afternoon.
After lunch you will have time to do some shopping at the local co-op. If local carvers are working, perhaps sneak a peak at how these beautiful works of art are created. Naujaat is home to some of the most famous Inuit soapstone carvers!
Tonight is your last night to mingle with your new friends in town – the evening is free for you to get your last photographs, and explore this Arctic hamlet.
After breakfast board your southbound flight for Churchill, Manitoba. If you’re lucky, you’ll get on the “milk run” flight, taking you on an aerial tour of the Kivalliq region of Nunavut.
After arriving in Churchill, transfer to your accommodation and settle into a town that will now seem like the “deep south!”. Take a stroll down Kelsey Boulevard, and look in the gift shops before dinner (yes, you can try caribou!) and a good nights’s rest.
After waking up in Manitoba, you’ll be met at your hotel by your local guide. Today you will be taken beyond the town limits as you head out beyond the town of Churchill and into the surrounding areas. Learn about the wildlife, the ecology and cultures of the region as you explore the Boreal Forest, Taiga, Tundra and Marine ecosystems. Later this afternoon you are free to visit the famous Eskimo museum and Parks Canada museum in the train station. If you’d like, you can book an additional whale watching tour this afternoon or evening (depending on the tide times).
After breakfast, check out of your accommodation and store your luggage for the remainder of the day. You’re going out on the water!
Today’s tour has two very special components: one of the best whale watching experiences in the world as you join the belugas of Hudson Bay; and an interpretive journey across the Churchill River to Fort Prince of Wales, one of the first forts in the development of the great fur trade.
After you return, you will have time to grab lunch at Gypsy’s, a local bakery, and meet for your dog-carting experience. Yes, we know you’re more familiar with dogs running with sleds, but they train all summer too, just like any athlete! Head into the Boreal Forest and enjoy learning about life as a dog-musher.
This evening you will transfer to Churchill’s airport and board your flight heading back south to Manitoba’s capital city. Your tour concludes upon arrival back to Winnipeg.
- Airfare Winnipeg – Naujaat – Churchill – Winnipeg
- Airport transfers indicated
- 3 nights’ accommodation in Naujaat
- Full board in Naujaat
- Naujaat Community tour
- Hiking and Sightseeing with local guide in Naujaat
- Touring of historical sites surrounding Naujaat
- 2 nights’ accommodation in Churchill
- Churchill Roads and Trails tour
- Beluga whale & Fort Prince of Wales tour
- Dog-carting experience
- Arctic Circle crossing certificate
- Comprehensive pre-departure documents
- Airfare to/from Winnipeg
- Meals in Churchill
- Transfers not indicated
- Travel Insurance (Medical & Cancellation mandatory)
- Items of a personal nature
Hotel accommodation in Repulse Bay is sold “by-the-bed” and single travellers may be placed in shared accommodation if the hotel is at capacity.
The order of the itinerary is subject to change based on tour operator availability and weather conditions.
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