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.
Eco-boat trips (canoe or kayak) takes place during ice free season, July to September along Chesterfield Inlet coast. Trekkers, adventurers or visitors can view scenery of nature in distance i.e. plant life or berries on tundra. Chesterfield Inlet is along coast of Hudson Bay where saltwater interchanged (combined) ecosystem of natural fresh water, path north between Chester channel coast and south of Baker Lake. This adds in low and high tide channel stream currents along coastal areas. Trekkers or adventurers generally begin kayak or canoe from Chester to various destinations such as Baker Lake, Rankin Inlet, Repulse Bay, or to other destination. Venture takes about a week to arrive to its destination, weather permitting.
Entrance 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 or fox, and wolf often are seen, and at times polar bear or grizzly bear may be spotted wandering. In rare occasion, tree line moose may be spotted migrating. During open water season, cargo vessels or barges sail, or anchor along inlet from Chester to Baker, or back sealift season.
In spring or fall season, migratory birds migrate along Chesterfield Inlet; can be viewed near community or islands. In April to May, ice floe edge starts to break during spring. Broken ice flow Chesterfield Inlet along coast with low and high tide currents. The arctic char run river, when ice breaks up spring. Take photo op of floe edge in distance or ice drift along inlet coast, or catch a glimpse of seals prowling, the eider ducks, and migratory Canada geese. The Iqalukpik Fish Plant arctic char commercial fishery operates June to September, commercial fishermen can be spotted casting their nets along coastal areas low tide fishing season.