There’s no better way to experience our region than with one of our local talented guides. Chester is an adventurer’s playground. Trek and experience or explore our diverse wildlife, marine mammals, plants, berries or the environment and culture through a variety of customized Eco adventure, and wildlife or cultural excursions. We invite you to experience our way of life on the west coast of Hudson Bay.
Chesterfield Inlet is a launch point for a variety of Eco adventures. The friendly staff at Tangmavik Hotel/ Inns North can assist you organize customized:
- Beluga whale watching tours
- Thule archaeology tours
- Chesterfield Inlet walking tours
- Caribou migration trips
- Arctic bird watching expeditions
- Canada geese migration
Beluga Whale Watching:
Experience whale watching, where beluga cavort along coast in August. The beluga or white whale is an arctic species of marine mammal closely related to the narwhal. It is sometimes called the sea canary due to its high-pitched squeaks, squeals, clucks and whistles. Residing in both arctic and sub-arctic waters, pods of belugas often congregate near the mouths of rivers. They can frequently be seen in distance, beluga whale watch can be arranged with a locally guided boat.
Imagine seeing thousands of migrating caribou while a peregrine falcon circles overhead. We will provide you with an opportunity to witness this spectacular event firsthand.
Caribou harvest is important part of tradition to the culture of the Inuit, caribou provide:
Clothing made from caribou skins is the warmest for northern winters, caribou skin is made into:
- wind pants
A skin is often used as the roof of an igloo. Caribou meat is primary component to the Inuit diet. Caribou meat is made into stews, steaks, roast, sausage, and jerky. Even the hoof of a caribou is made into a delicacy enjoyed by Inuit. The sinew from the back of the caribou can be used for sewing. Bones and antlers are used to make tools. Large bones can be used as shovels. Antlers can also be used to make carvings. Caribou teeth are often used for ornamentation.
The Inuit take pride in harvesting for caribou, as part of tradition. The Inuit and caribou have a distinct bond as they share the land, lakes, or rivers, the plant life or berries, and it’s Eco-system. Inuksuk made of stone were used during early generation of Inuit on land for navigational aids, harvest grounds or food caches, and coordination points or land marks.
Arctic Bird Watching Tours:
The Chesterfield Inlet area is home to a large variety of birds, this is a nesting or migration area for:
- Arctic Tern
- Canada Geese
- Peregrine Falcons
- Snow Geese
- Tundra Swans
- Snowy Owl
- Eider Ducks
- King Eiders
- Sandhill Cranes
- Pacific Loons
- Glaucous Gull
- Snow Goose
- Horned Lark
- American Pipit
There are three islands near Chesterfield Inlet that are nesting areas for waterfowl. These areas are popular for egg hunting June. In July, finds these islands alive with new life as chicks hatch. Late fall, birds begin migration south.
The Eco-boat trip (canoe or kayak) takes place during ice free season, July or September along Chesterfield Inlet coast. Trekkers, adventurers or visitors can view nature in distance i.e. plant life or berries on tundra, or along coast of Chesterfield Inlet where saltwater mixed ecosystem of natural fresh water channel north of Chester and Baker Lake south. The river Stream of Thelon and Karzan Heritage River run along coastal areas that blend seawater due to occurring in a natural environment, and low or high tide coastal areas. Trekkers or adventurers often kayak or canoe Chester to Baker Lake, Rankin Inlet, Repulse Bay, or day trip. Venture takes about a week to arrive to its destination, weather permitting.
Channel to inlet has a number of wildlife or marine mammals where belugas feed on marine life, and ringed seals, harp seals, or bearded seals patrol the shallows. Frequent migrating caribou, muskox, arctic hare, fox, or wolves often are seen and at times polar bear near floe edge or along coast, or grizzly migrating. In rare occasion, tree line moose may be spotted. The open water season, cargo vessels, or barges cross or anchor Chester channel or Baker during sea-lift season.
The spring and fall season, birds migrate near community or islands, and April to May ice floe edge surface begins to break spring. The sea ice drift occur with low and high tide currents along Chesterfield Inlet coast. The river arctic char runs, when ice breaks spring. Take photo op of floe edge in distance or ice drift along inlet coast, or catch glimpse of seals prowling, the eider ducks, or migrating Canada geese.
The Kinngarjuaraajuk peak is visible on horizon in clear weather southwest of Chester approx. 45 kilometres, and on top slope in distance Rankin or Chester area is visible miles.
The Iqalukpik Fish Plant arctic char commercial fishery operates June to September, commercial fishermen can be spotted casting their nets along coast low tide fishing season.