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Bathurst Inlet, Nunavut: An Arctic Oasis

Jun 28 - Jul 05, 2021

8 days | Canada | alumni UBC Travel Club

Imagine yourself in a place of rolling hills, snaking eskers, gently meandering rivers and awesome gorges, walking among a plethora of wildflowers, observing breeding shorebirds and songbirds up-close, perhaps seeing a Barren-ground Caribou with magnificent antlers across the horizon. From the moment you step off the plane at Bathurst Inlet, you will be in awe of the vastness of the land. Each rise in the tundra brings another discovery.

Bathurst Inlet is an oasis of wildlife on the mid-Arctic coast 50 kilometres above the Arctic Circle. The relatively mild climate encourages diverse and luxuriant vegetation providing prime habitat for northern life.

More than 125 species of wildflower have been identified here. Some 80 bird species including Tundra Swan, Whimbrel and the near-legendary Yellow-billed Loon can be found here during the summer, and Muskoxen and Barren-ground Grizzly Bears roam.

In addition to wildlife, we will have unparalleled opportunities to delve into geology and will learn how to “read the land”. We will also discover ancient signs of human activity including fox traps, food caches, tent rings and caribou decoy inuksuits. In the evenings, we can relax at Bathurst Inlet Lodge, an historic Hudson’s Bay trading post. Our stay would not be complete without a chance to meet the modern Bathurst Inlet residents, some of whom have key roles in the operation of our lodge. Every encounter here will be a discovery!
 

 
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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$9495 + 5% HST
Group Size:
10 - 14 Participants

What’s included: Accommodations in double occupancy at Bathurst Inlet Lodge; roundtrip charter flights from Yellowknife to Bathurst Inlet; airport transfers; most meals; services of local naturalist guides

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Yellowknife, fly to Bathurst Inlet
2 - 8Wilderness activities around Bathurst Inlet
9Fly back to Yellowknife
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Your Tour Leader

Professor Lee Groat has been a faculty member at the University of British Columbia since 1989. His main research interests are the geology of gem deposits, pegmatites, the crystal chemistry of minerals, and economic geology. Many of his projects have entailed fieldwork in remote parts of northern Canada. In 2003 Dr. Groat was elected a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, and in 2009 the new mineral, groatite was named in his honour.

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alumni UBC Travel Club Quest Nature Tours Alumni Expeditions
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$9495 + 5% HST
Group Size:
10 - 14 Participants

What’s included: Accommodations in double occupancy at Bathurst Inlet Lodge; roundtrip charter flights from Yellowknife to Bathurst Inlet; airport transfers; most meals; services of local naturalist guides

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