Location: Nunavut, Canada
Trip Length: 14 days
For experienced sea kayakers, paddling the northernmost part of the earth is the ultimate adventure. Baffin Island is the year-round home of polar bear, caribou, snowy owl, and Artic fox, and the largest island in Canada. Snow can fall at any time of year here, and Baffin is surrounded by sea ice except for short periods in the summer. Intrepid kayakers head to the island’s northern coast to explore the coves and fjords near the Inuit hamlet of Pond Inlet. Located some 700 km north of the Arctic Circle, the region draws pods of narwhal—a mystical whale with a long spiraling tusk like a unicorn’s horn—close to the shoreline in the summer. Orcas, beluga, and bowhead whales may also be in the area. Curious seals, popping their heads up to watch the kayaks pass by, are guaranteed, as are scores of migratory birds en route to their Arctic summer grounds at the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, a small island close by.
Expert outfitter: Canada-based wilderness outfitter Black Feather has been exploring the far north for more than 40 years, and takes small groups to kayak Baffin Island with a 5:1 guest-to-guide ratio. Owner operator Wendy Grater was awarded the Northwest Territories Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, for her service and commitment to Canada’s north.
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