Polar Bears and Whales of Cumberland Sound

Tented Safari Camp
Tented Safari Camp
8 Passengers

This family-friendly expedition provides opportunities to spot iconic Arctic wildlife including polar bears, walrus, beluga and bowhead whales. Enjoy boundless opportunities for adventure among spectacular landscapes in the height of Arctic summer.

Discover the iconic Arctic wildlife and spectacular landscapes of Cumberland Sound by land and boat. Take in the awe-inspiring, pristine landscapes from the moment you step off the plane in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Seldom visited, this area is one of the richest and most captivating polar environments, bursting with diverse wildlife, dramatic mountains and fiords.

The amazing panoramas and Arctic wildlife of Cumberland Sound set this trip apart from all other Arctic safaris. Whether sitting quietly waiting for a passing bowhead whale, or a shore lunch watching walrus, have your camera ready to capture the stunning images all day long.

Your remote safari camp provides access to some of the most exciting adventures you’ll ever have – such as hiking, kayaking, and wildlife viewing. Your comfortable home-away-from-home is in an ideal location to experience the best of the Arctic’s summer season, surrounded by natural, untouched beauty.

Exploring by boat and land, enjoy boundless adventure and incredible wonders to see at every angle.

Encounter polar bears, walrus, beluga and bowhead whales amongst spectacular, pristine landscapes under the midnight sun. Tour by boat the spectacular fiords of Cumberland Sound and visit Kekerten Territorial Park. Try some kayaking for chances to encounter large pods of beluga whales, and explore Kingniat Fiord in search of Bowhead Whales. Visit Pangnirtung Fiord, the southern entrance to Akshayuk Pass, the gateway to Mt. Asgard and Thor Peak, and enjoy a hike into Auyuittuq National Park.

• Observe polar bears in their natural habitat as the roam the islands and shorelines, prowling for seals
• Watch bowhead whales spy-hop playfully, fin sideways and slap their immense fluke on the mirror smooth water amongst floating ice packs, as they migrate north in Kingniat Fiord
• Witness the amazing girth of a walrus – a male walrus may be over 4,000 lbs (1,800 kg)!
• Kayak with a chance to see beluga and bowhead whales
• Hike Canada’s stunning Auyuittuq National Park and visit Pangnirtung Fiord, the southern entrance to Akshayuk Pass and gateway to Mt. Asgard and Thor Peak
• Visit Kekerten Territorial Park, a historical park established on grounds formerly used as a whaling station, and explore the remains of the long-gone whaling era
• Experience the long days and seemingly endless sunsets of Arctic summers
• Delve into Inuit culture with a community tour of Pangnirtung, renowned for traditional Inuit arts and crafts

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Ottawa to Iqaluit to Pangnirtung
Days 2 to 5 Cumberland Sound Camp
Day 6 Pangnirtung
Day 7 Return to Ottawa

Day 1 — Ottawa to Iqaluit to Pangnirtung

This safari begins in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, and connect to your flight to Pangnirtung. Step off the plane and take in awe-inspiring mountain ranges and rolling tundra. Participate in an orientation from Parks Canada before transferring to camp.

Days 2 to 5 — Cumberland Sound Camp

Spend these days observing and capturing stunning photographs of wildlife including bowhead whales, beluga, seals, polar bears and walrus. Enjoy daily boat rides and take in the awe-inspiring scenery of Auyuittuq National Park, Kekerten Territorial Park, and other stunning destinations in the area.

Explore Kingniat Fiord in search of bowhead whales. Visit Pangnirtung Fiord, the southern entrance to Akshayuk Pass and gateway to Mt. Asgard and Thor Peak. Excursion destinations and activities will vary depending on conditions.

Day 6 — Pangnirtung

Transfer to Pangnirtung and settle in to the hotel. This artistic community is famous for the quality of its woven tapestries and lithographic prints. Take in local culture on a community tour on your final night.

Day 7 — Return to Ottawa

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Ottawa and onward to home.

* Itinerary may be subject to change