The Main Lodge is the original Hudson Bay Trading Post. The Bay store is now a comfortable relaxing area for guests, a great place to visit, read, chat, have a coffee or tea, and watch the arctic world outside. The dining room too, has a history. It was pulled up from the shoreline by dog teams and attached to the store. There is a library attached to the main building, used for illustrated lectures and conversation.
Accommodations at Bathurst Inlet Lodge are in comfortable rooms, based on double occupancy, usually with two twin beds per room. Rooms are not large, but very well-supplied and comfortable, and the views are wonderful. Some are in historic buildings like the old fur warehouse; others are in cabins especially built to house our guests, or in a comfortable house. Single accommodations are sometimes available. Just call or email us to enquire.
Some rooms have private bathrooms, others feature a washroom in the room and shared bath or a separate shower house. There is hot and cold running water and propane, electric, or oil heaters in all guest accommodations. Due to permafrost, in-ground plumbing is not possible. Instead, we harken back to an earlier era with honey bucket-type toilets. Bags are changed daily or more often if needed. The system may be updated by the summer of 2016.
Meals at Bathurst are substantial and delicious. Locally-caught arctic char is served twice a week. The menu also includes beef, poultry or pork, accompanied by salads, vegetables, potatoes and desserts. Diabetic, vegetarian and gluten-free diets can be accommodated. We need to know your needs in advance to ensure that the correct foods are flown in. Chef Susie’s baking is memorable, from her black-bottom cupcakes to her Fruit Cocktail Cake, date squares, and fruit pies, and she shares her recipes with guests.