Eco Lodge: Bathurst Inlet Lodge in Canada

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Located 35 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Nunavut, Canada, Bathurst Inlet Lodge is an oasis in the barren tundra of the Canadian north. This remote wilderness lodge is co-owned by a retired Canadian couple and members of the local Kingaunmiot Inuit community. The collection of houses that now makes up Bathurst Inlet Lodge used to be a church and a Hudson Bay trading post, and is a fantastic destination in northern Canada.

Four generations of local Inuit have been involved in the development and management of the lodge, which gives guests the unique opportunity to learn about this fascinating culture first-hand. Many members of the community remain involved in the day-to-day business at the lodge—there are camp managers, housekeepers, chefs, boat captains and nature guides. A stay at Bathurst Inlet Lodge is exceptional, not in the least because of the personal relationships between the locals in the guests. About 20% of all guests comes back for another visit.

The lodge is open during the short summer season, from late June to early August. This is without question the most beautiful time of year in these parts, a period that is characterized by an outburst of life. Guests can admire countless wildflowers carpeting the hillsides, go birdwatching along the shores, and go hiking on mountain ridges, along bays and through meadows.

Cabins and historic buildings provide accommodation. All rooms are based on double occupancy and, while they aren’t too spacious, they come with comfortable blankets and amazing views. Some rooms have their own bathrooms; others have shared bathrooms or a separate shower house. Guests can relax and socialize in the main lodge, which incorporates the living room, library and dining room. Meals are by no means haute-cuisine, but are definitely filling and tasty, which is perfect after a long day outdoors. The restaurant’s menu features simple dishes with ingredients such as beef, poultry and pork, potatoes and vegetables. Fresh-caught Arctic char is served twice a week.

With its unique combination of authentic Inuit culture, mesmerizing Arctic landscapes, wonderful hospitality, wildflowers and wildlife, and active adventures, Bathurst Inlet Lodge is the perfect base for anyone looking for a real Arctic experience.

Bram Reusen

Author: Bram Reusen


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