There’s no better way to experience our region than with one of our local talented guides. Chester is an adventurers 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 the launch point for a variety of Eco adventures. The friendly staff at the 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 some of the world’s best whale watching, the best time to visit is 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 sometimes be seen from the land, the most enjoyable way to watch beluga whales is with a locally guided boat tour.
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 its 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 etc.
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 in June. In July, finds these islands alive with new life as the chicks hatch. Late fall, the 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, enroute north between Chester channel coast and south of Baker Lake. This add in low and high tide channel stream currents along coastal areas. Trekkers or adventurers generally begin kayak or canoe enroute from Chester to various destination such as Baker Lake, Rankin Inlet, Repulse Bay or to other destinations. Venture takes about a week to arrive to its destinations, 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, musk-ox, arctic hare or fox and wolf often can be seen, including at times polar bear or grizzly bear may be spotted. In rare occasion, tree line moose may be spotted migrating. During open water season, cargo vessels or barges can be spotted sailing or anchored along inlet from Chester to Baker or back during sea-lift season.
In spring or fall season, migratory birds migrate along Chesterfield Inlet, and can be viewed near the community or islands. In April to May, ice floe edge break up during spring, broken ice starts to flow north to south of Chesterfield Inlet coast, with low and high tide currents. The arctic char river run starts, when ice break up in spring. Take a photo op of floe edge in distance or ice drift along inlet coast, or catch a glimpse of seals prowling, or eider ducks and migratory Canada goose. The Iqalukpik Fish Plant arctic char commercial fishery operates June to September, commercial fishermen can be spotted casting their nets along the coast during low tide fishing season.