A resort for those who won’t resort to the ordinary. Arctic Watch is Canada’s most northerly wilderness lodge located on Somerset Island, Nunavut. A visit to Arctic Watch is an all-encompassing arctic safari. Visitors see thousands of beluga whales, roaming muskox, polar bears, arctic foxes, snowy owls, archeological sites and more.
Travel the land and water by foot, sea kayak, river raft, and ATV (all-terrain vehicle). Guests can climb the mountains, fish the lakes, hike through the canyons, explore the tundra, and hike around the waterfalls. The vistas are immense and sun shines 24 hours a day. The accommodations are the most comfortable facilities in the High Arctic and the food is stupendous.
Arctic Watch offers a range of unique adventure travel experiences. Everything you imagined and more, guests can experience arctic safaris, raft the Cunningham River, sea kayak with hundreds of beluga whales, hike the tundra, spot polar bears roaming the Northwest Passage, investigate the mysterious Thule ruins crafted from giant whale bones, fish for arctic char and more.
Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is a family-run base-camp, hosted by arctic enthusiasts Josée Auclair and her husband, Richard Weber, along with their two sons, Tessum and Nansen. They are well known across the Canadian High Arctic as polar experts, particularly in Nunavut, and specialize in North Pole and arctic tourism. Additional expertise comes from Quark Expeditions®’ veteran polar expedition team, Hadleigh Measham.
Arctic Watch founders and hosts Richard Weber and Josée Auclair started working in the field of arctic tourism with the world’s first commercial North Pole trek in 1993, and conducted hiking and kayaking trips on Baffin Island. Both Richard and Josée have a distinguished, unparalleled polar pedigree spanning decades, with a history of polar “firsts” and record-breaking accomplishments.
Richard is a renowned polar explorer, having completed more than 60 Arctic, North and South Pole expeditions, and more successful treks to the North Pole than anyone in history. He has also achieved diverse polar “firsts”, including the first surface crossing of the Arctic Ocean from Russia to Canada, and in the North Pole, the first snowshoe trek, first guided unsupported trek, first commercial trek, and the first trek without resupplies.
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The Team At Arctic Watch
The lodge is owned and operated by famed arctic adventurer Richard Weber, his polar-passionate wife Josée Auclair, and their two sons -- expert wildlife photographer Nansen Weber, and Tessum Weber, the youngest person ever to ski from land to the North Pole.
The patriarch of this Weber-Auclair family of adventurers was recognized on December 30, 2015, with the appointment of Richard Weber to the Order of Canada.