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The Padlei Inn

The Padlei Inn

Arviat Restaurant

in Arviat, Nunavut

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Arctic Eco-Tourism

Arviat is the centre of a diverse ecosystem of rivers and coastline offering glimpses of:

  • polar bear migrations
  • migratory bird nesting areas
  • pods of belugas
  • migrating caribou
  • Arctic plant life

Take a trip by dogteam or snowmobile to see the polar bears hunting along the floe edge. October and November are the best months to view the polar bear migration. Travel up the rivers near Arviat to traditional fishing grounds. You may see herds of migrating caribou on your travels.

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Polar Bear Migration

Arctic Eco-Tourism
Caribou Migration

Migratory Bird Watching
Jaeger in flight

Snow Geese
Snow Geese


Arctic Bird Watching

The McConnell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a short walk from Arviat. The bird sanctuary is a nesting spot for:

  • geese
  • sandhill cranes
  • swans
  • ducks
  • loons
  • snowy owls
  • peregrine falcons
  • gyrfalcons

The bird sanctuary encompasses tidal flats where you can see:

  • sandpipers
  • plovers
  • phalaropes
  • arctic terns
  • gulls
  • jaegers

The snow geese are known to march their gaggles right into Arviat.

The McConnell Bird Sanctuary area has been designated as a Wetland of International Importance, and a Key Migratory Terrestrial Bird Habitat.

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