There’s no better way to experience our region than with one of our local talented guides. Chester is an adventurer’s playground, come and experience our diverse wildlife, environment, and culture through a variety of customized Eco adventure, wildlife, and cultural excursions. We invite you to experience our way of life in the North.
Chesterfield Inlet is the launch point for a variety of Eco adventures. The friendly staff at the Tangmavik Hotel can help 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, but 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/ berries and its Eco-system. Inuksuk made of stone were used during the early generation of Inuit on land for navigational aids, harvest grounds/ food caches, 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/ 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 the nesting areas for waterfowl. These areas are popular for egg hunting each June. In July finds these islands alive with new life as the chicks hatch. A few weeks later the birds begin the migration south.
Eco-boat trips in July to September or canoe and kayak along the north inlet coast, the trekkers or adventurers/ visitors can view scenery of nature in distance, the plant life or berries in the area on site. Chesterfield Inlet is along the coast of Hudson Bay where saltwater interchanged with ecosystem of natural fresh water river flows, on the north channel route of Chesterfield Inlet between Chester and south of Baker Lake, that add in low and high tide channels/ stream. Trekkers/ adventurers generally begin kayak/ canoe along the route from Chester to various destination such as Baker Lake that takes about a week to arrive to its destinations determine on weather.
The entrance to the inlet has a number of wildlife/ marine mammals where belugas feed on marine life, and ringed seals/ harp seals and bearded seals patrol the shallows. An frequently migrating caribou or musk-ox, arctic hare, fox/ wolf can be seen, an often polar bear/ grizzly bear may be spotted. Often moose may be spotted. During open water season cargo vessel ships/ barges can be seen sailing/ anchored along the inlet from Chester to Baker or back during sea-lift season.
In spring, summer or fall season migratory birds migrate in Chesterfield Inlet area or on the islands can be viewed near Chesterfield Inlet. The arctic char commercial fishing begins June to late August/ September at the Iqalukpik Fish Plant. The commercial fishermen cast their nets along the coast on low tide during commercial fishing season.