The snow shimmers like a blanket of diamonds under a blue sky framed by rugged mountains, sheer red-rock cliffs and haunting hoodoos. Orcas play in its waters, while polar bears prowl the sea ice. Here, near Admiralty Inlet, the world’s largest fjord, the summer sun shines 24 hours a day, while in winter the northern lights offer a stunning show of dancing colour. Spot narwhal and the red-throated loon. Warm your body and soul with tea steeped in the melted chips of an iceberg. Sample traditional Inuit cooking. And visit a sod house, a structure that sheltered the Inuit peoples for thousands of years.
When people see Arctic Bay for the first time, many are left speechless. “The looks on their faces, the awe, tells you everything,” says Gene O’Donnell, manager of Arctic Bay Adventures, located in the fly-in hamlet of Arctic Bay, Nunavut, on the northwest corner of Baffin Island. “It is a different world here, unlike anywhere else on earth.”
Arctic Bay Adventures offers a variety of activities and expeditions to guests, from learning about the nomadic ways of the Inuit and taking in traditional song and dance to hiking, canoeing and birdwatching with experienced local guides. “The beauty of the land, the roughness of it, is hard to explain,” says O’Donnell of this magical place in one of the world’s most remote communities. “It has to be experienced first-hand.”