About Us

About Us

Find about who we are, our history of 25+ years in business, our social responsibility and what guests of Weber Arctic are saying

Who We Are

A family of polar explorers. Richard, Josée, Tessum and Nansen have spent the past 25 years exploring the polar regions. Having lead some of the first polar expeditions to successfuly reach the North Pole, set speed records at both poles, recipient of the Order of Canada, renowned Arctic Wildlife photographer and worldclass polar guides, the Weber family knows Arctic. They’ve skied, kayaked, hiked and explored across Canada’s far north.

Our History

The Arctic is one of the last unspoiled areas on earth, it’s somewhere everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Richard and Josée first began exploring the Arctic in 1985, and in 1993 they ran their first commercial trek to the North Pole - and Weber Arctic was born. From 1993 to 2000 the Webers organized skiing, hiking and kayak adventures throughout Nunavut.

In 2000, Arctic Watch on the shores of Somerset Island in the Northwest Passage was purchased because it offered so much of what the Arctic holds - all in one location. Guests can kayak with beluga whales; fish for arctic char; go ATVing or river rafting; see icebergs, polar bear, and muskox; visit archaeological sites and bird rookeries; hike the Badlands; and so much more. Since the existing structure had been empty for several years, it required a lot of hard work to prepare for guests. In 2007, a bulldozer was driven across the ice of the Northwest Passage from Resolute Bay to Arctic Watch. It took a week, but enabled them to build an airstrip so now guests can comfortably fly direct from Yellowknife, NWT in four hours. Arctic Watch has a short summer and is only open for the months of July and August enabling guests to take full advantage of the midnight sun.

By 2008, it was time to look for a location for a second Arctic lodge. The Webers found it on Ennadai Lake in the Barren Grounds. The original structure was built in 2002 as a fishing & aurora borealis lodge that ran from 2003-2005. In 2013 after partnering with Aleeasuk Idlout and Aziz Kheraj of Resolute Bay, Richard and Josée reopened the lodge and renamed it Arctic Haven. The location is a perfect complement to Arctic Watch - it’s an equally magnificent, yet completely different region of the Arctic. Home to hundreds of thousands of caribou, wolves, wolverines, foxes, birds and more. Experience world-class fishing, hike alongside caribou on their migratory path, kayak the 84 km long lake, and snowmobile. Arctic Haven offers adventure packages in the Spring (April-June) and Fall (End of August - September) - the perfect time to take in the majesty of the northern lights.

In 2015, the Weber Family took the next step towards building a new basecamp. Having led numerous expeditions across Baffin Island, the Weber family knew that the fiords of Baffin held good skiing with the potential for a heli-skiing site. An arctic adventure that would not only show guests a unique arctic mountain setting, but provide access to the world’s northernmost heli-skiing tenure in a place that few have ever set foot upon. Nestled amongst the granite walls of the Arctic cordillera, Basecamp Baffin was born. Basecamp Baffin is open in April and May annually.

Testimonials

We had the best time with you this week! This is, without a doubt, the best vacation we’ve ever had. We will never forget you or this beautiful land. Thanks for everything.

John Pape and Lou Wood

You have provided as awesome experience for us. What an amazing staff to have in an amazing and beautiful place. Words cannot truly express what a most wonderful time we have had. In two weeks we saw the arctic seasons, the animals and birds and the whales. Thanks again for showing your arctic home and gracious hospitality with us. It is absolutely beautiful and incredible here.

Sue, Craig, Erin & Kenny Taylor

The Weber Family spares no effort to ensure their guests’ safety, comfort and learning experience at their handsome lodge. The meals are gourmet and the staff wel l-educated and attentive. The whale sightings are unbelievable. We saw 500 mothers and calves close in…

Bill Lende

My thoughts are continually drawn back to Arctic Watch — to the fresh air, the whale songs, the delicious foods, and the delightful camaraderie of staff and guests! I especially enjoyed the silence — no traffic noises, no beeping or ringing or honking, no planes overhead, no TV or radio, no sounds of industry or construction — just the wind, waves, and whales. The silence was a complete surprise to me. I hadn’t really given it a thought beforehand, but it was incredible and welcome.

The race (not that I was actually racing in the sense of moving along quickly) was spectacular! I stopped worrying about polar bears fairly early on because there was so much beauty to contemplate. Who’d have thought that dirt and rocks and hills and floating ice chunks would be totally captivating?! And I had been very concerned about crossing ice-cold streams and having to run many more km’s with wet feet (having been mildly frostbitten many years ago). As many streams as we crossed (it was about 75, right?), I never noticed whether my feet were wet or cold or unhappy. I was too busy looking around me and marveling at how many colors there are in dirt and rocks. (Oh yeah, and I was also trying to find the next orange flag…)

I cannot thank you enough — all of you! — for providing me with a unique and wonderful experience. You are excellent hosts/guides/companions, and Arctic Watch itself is just perfect! (And did I mention that I’ve been unable to make anyone believe that the “kitchen gang” could turn out food that was delicious beyond description!)

Now I understand the comment of one of your guests who was flying out of Arctic Watch as we were flying in. He said it was a “magical place”. He was spot on! And although I had thought this would be a once-in-a-lifetime trip for me, I’m not so sure I won’t be back. I have no idea how or when, but I know that I want to return.

Paula Erdle

We had such an amazing time up at your lodge. What a truly unique experience. We will not soon forget the absolutely amazing hospitality, great food, and of course the stunning beauty of the area in which you are located. You are all amazingly gracious hosts. The service level was truly exceptional. Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us this great opportunity and keeping things open for us well into the cold season so that we could all get a taste of that part of the world.

Thanks again... You have a wonderful family and team.

Crystal Roch

We took our 12 and 9 year old grandchildren with us and the staff made every effort to educate and make their experience astounding. Josee was the best and made us feel a part of the lodge family. Every experience was memorable and the excursions showed us what the north of Canada was really like. The food was gourmet all the way from breakfast to dinner. Thank you for the great adventure!

Ilmar Kent

Social Responsibility

The Arctic is an environmentally fragile area. Due to the locations of Arctic Haven and Arctic Watch, we are keenly aware of the sensitive nature of the land and wildlife that surrounds us, and as such, we strive to make as little impact as possible. The maximum number of guests per week at Arctic Haven is 24, and at Arctic Watch: 26. These are the numbers we feel the land can support and not disturb the animals. Our airstrips have been designed to decrease the impact on the environment. A system of trails are maintained to prevent scarring the land. At Arctic Haven water comes from Ennadai Lake. There are a number of small septic systems that handle black and grey sewage. At Arctic Watch water is sourced from the Cunningham River. The black sewage is mulched and deposited in a small lagoon (4x2 metres), where it naturally breaks down. We have two of these small lagoons, and it takes approximately six or seven years to fill, by which time the other one is ready to be used again. Grey water is filtered then pumped out of the camp to a specially prepared bed where it evaporates and is absorbed back into the gravel. For both lodges, environmentally-friendly products are used for cleaning. Additionally, we take care to ensure our garbage is handled in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Metal, glass, plastic and non-burnable garbage is packaged and returned to Yellowknife. All burnable refuse is disposed of in our incinerators. The federal government makes yearly inspections to ensure that all of our systems conform to the environmental standards.

Arctic Haven is Nunavut’s only green-energy powered lodge, with wind and solar energy providing about 80% of the electricity. The remainder is supplemented by a generator.

The changes to the Arctic climate have been drastic over the last few years, therefore we keep the number of guests to a minimum so not to disturb the local ecosystem.

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