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Aulavik National Park & High Arctic Lodge

The arctic fox     Photo: Corel

7. ARCTIC SAFARI AULAVIK NATIONAL PARK, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
Established in 1992, Aulavik National Park is one of Canada's newest wilderness areas and one of the most wildlife-dense places on the planet. Covering nearly one-fifth of Banks Island, the westernmost point in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, the park covers 4,739 square miles of windswept tundra that fosters more than 150 plant species, arctic fox, and some 80,000 musk oxen. Spend 15 days paddling collapsible kayaks 90 miles north on the Thomsen River to the Arctic Ocean, camping on the riverbanks, and hiking to scattered Inuit sites. Whitney and Smith Legendary Expeditions (403-678-3052, www.legendaryex.com) runs 15-day trips for $3,995 per person.

8. THE BIG CHILL HIGH ARCTIC LODGE, NUNAVUT
There's no hyperbole in the name High Arctic Lodge. Three hundred miles above the Arctic Circle on Victoria Island, the bright-red cabin has room for only 12 people, guaranteeing a low-impact, high-solitude vacation. Spend your days looking for polar bears and seals or hiking through the fragile tundra to ancient tent rings and food caches left by the Inuit. Bring a rod and fish nearby Hadley Bay, where many a guest has landed a 25-pound silver char. Since you've traveled this far, a flightseeing tour over the Arctic Ocean is a must: Watch icebergs slough off the edge of the polar ice cap and splash into water so pure it tastes like Perrier. Take a closer look by canoeing the Nanook River, a calm, shallow ribbon of fresh water. Seven-day packages at High Arctic Lodge (800-661-3880, www.higharctic.com) start at $3,595 per person.

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