Beluga whale

Belugas of the Canadian Arctic



12 Days

Prices Start from

£11,355pp (ex. flights)

Discover a remarkable icy wilderness from an extraordinary wilderness lodge in the remote Canadian Arctic, heading out on daily explorations in search of belugas on their annual migration.

This remarkable adventure brings migrating belugas to the fore while creating time for searching for musk ox and visiting ancient Thule campsites. From an impressive family-run lodge based 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where dramatic scenery abounds, look out for the polar bears that frequent the shoreline.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

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Find Beluga Whales

Witness the seasonal home of hundreds of enchanting beluga whales in blue water.

Arctic North Pole 2

Arctic Charter Flight

Take a unique and memorable 1,000-mile charter flight over the Arctic Circle.

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Arctic Watch Lodge

Stay in a world-renowned and family-run beluga whale observation site.

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Remarkable Wildlife

Encounter rarely seen arctic wildlife including musk ox, polar bears and arctic fox.

Reducing your environmental impact

The Arctic is an environmentally fragile area so Arctic Watch strives to make as little impact as possible. Keeping the maximum number of guests per week to 26. Using wind and solar energy where possible. Using an innovative black and grey water recycling system. The lodge uses environmentally-friendly products for cleaning and in bathroom facilities. All food is brought in at the beginning of the season and sourced from independent organic suppliers. All waste that can not be recycled is returned to Yellowknife for correct disposal.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1


  • Day 2

    Yellowknife - Cunningham Inlet

    Fly north by charter aircraft, seeing the landscape change from forested lakes to tiaga to tundra and the ice chocked Northwest Passage

  • Days 3-8

    Exploring the Somerset Island

  • Day 9

    Cunningham Inlet - Yellowknife

    Return to Yellowknife by charter flight across the seemingly endless tundra

Day 1


Begin your adventure in the far north with a night in remote Yellowknife.

Day 2

Yellowknife - Cunningham Inlet

Days 3-8

Exploring the Somerset Island

ATV across Tundra, Canadian Arctic

Stay in a world class beluga whale observation site and witness the seasonal home of hundreds of enchanting beluga whales. Explore on foot, by ATV, kayak, SUP or fatbike, looking for wildlife, learning about the ecosystems and visiting ancient Thule sites.

Day 9

Cunningham Inlet - Yellowknife

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Beluga Whales, Canadian Arctic
Beluga Whales, Canadian Arctic
Aerial view of Belugas, Arctic Watch Lodge, Canadian Arctic
Aerial view of Belugas, Arctic Watch Lodge, Canadian Arctic
Jager in flight, Somerset Island, Canadian Arctic
Canadian Arctic

See the Beluga Migration

Observe vast numbers of enchanting belugas as they congregate in the warmer shallow waters of the Cunningham River estuary, which is extraordinarily close to the Arctic Watch Lodge. When not searching for these ghostly creatures, observe nesting peregrine falcons, loons, snow buntings, musk ox, ring and bearded seals.

Fat Biking on the Ice, Canadian Arctic
Fat Biking on the Ice, Canadian Arctic
Fat Biking on the Ice, Canadian Arctic
Fat Biking on the Ice, Canadian Arctic
Rowing across to Arctic Watch camp
Canadian Arctic

Arctic Biking, Wild Kayaking & Remote Rafting

Bike through the immense landscapes of the Arctic and marvel at the tundra that comes alive during the short summer season. As tiny arctic flowers bloom and colour the otherwise barren landscape, raft along the clear waters of the Cunningham River and SUP or paddle a kayak into the bay.

View to Arctic Watch Camp, Somerset Island, Canadian Arctic
View to Arctic Watch Camp, Somerset Island, Canadian Arctic
Cunningham Inlet, Canada
Cunningham Inlet, Canada

Fly to Arctic Watch Lodge

Take a 1,000-mile charter flight to a remote family-run beluga whale observation site, located 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Its highly experienced owners Richard and Josee have respectively walked to the North Pole more times than anyone and led numerous womens’ expeditions to both Poles. Their children, now expert guides at the lodge, both grew up amongst Inuit families and made their first foray to the Arctic at just weeks old.

ATV across Tundra, Canadian Arctic
ATV across Tundra, Canadian Arctic

ATV to Remote Locations

Drive all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) across the Cunningham River delta and along the Muskox Ridge Trail, looking out for musk ox and Arctic fox en route. Take the vehicles to Cape Anne to see where the ancient Thule lived, the bowhead whale hunters that are ancestors of today’s modern Inuit.

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

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When to travel

Canada in January

January is an undoubtedly cold time of year in Canada, with temperatures reaching negative daily. However, visiting during this time can be a good chance to avoid the overwhelming busy times of the festive season and school holidays.

Canada in February

Winter in Canada offers an array of sporting and cultural events both indoors and out. Banff, Whistler and Jasper offer phenomenal ski resorts or perhaps be a spectator of an ice hockey match, arguably the country’s favourite sport.

Canada in March

While March can be a good off-peak time to visit, it is worth being prepared for drastic weather changes. However, this also means lower costs and fewer crowds. The mountains are still open for the ski season and cities are ideal as they are fewer tourists.

Canada in April

April marks the start of spring across Canada, a time to avoid crowds and discover all that the country has to offer with comfortable temperatures on average.

Canada in May

May is a favourable time to visit Canada, with temperatures rising, avoiding school holidays and off-peak rates.

Canada in June

For many travellers, June is the ideal time to visit Canada. Just before peak season, the weather is favourable and most of the trails and seasonal activities will have opened.

Canada in July

Summer in Canada calls for longer days to explore the natural beauty that awaits outdoors whether it’s hiking, fishing or camping. Temperatures average around 25, making cities quite warm but head into the wilderness or by the coast and enjoy the open air.

Canada in August

Summer is considered the peak season with warm temperatures and all attractions open. It is worth noting this time of year can be quite busy as it is school holidays.

Canada in September

As autumn rolls in and temperatures lower, September is a great time to avoid massive crowds and experience all that the country has to offer in comfortable weather. September is also the beginning of the salmon run, a peak time to see the bears fishing.

Canada in October

Temperatures continue to drop in October, also bringing cloudy days and rain. The autumn foliage is in full bloom across the countryside. This can also be a good time to take advantage of off-peak rates, however, it is worth bearing in mind that the weather can vary and some coastal towns will have started to close for the season.

Canada in November

November is a good time of year to visit the cities of Canada. It is too late to view the foliage and a bit too early to skiing yet, but a good time to explore cities across the country, in temperatures averaging 5 degrees.

Canada in December

The build-up to the festive season is in full swing across the country. Snow may have already started, making the perfect scene for ice skating and markets.

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