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Arctic Kingdom Floe Edge Camp Day Trips - 2020 (149294)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Kristyn Thoburn
Company: Arctic Kingdom, Inc.
Start Date: 2020-05-01
End Date: 2020-06-30
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Arctic Kingdom has requested permission to set up temporary base camps on the floe edge in Lancaster Sound to support tourist trips. The goal for these visitors is to experience Canada's high arctic in the spring to visit the floe edge, view wildlife & scenery, and photograph & film their surroundings. They will also take part in activities such as hiking, fishing, kayaking and snowmobiling. We have requested permission for our base of operations from the community of Arctic Bay. This trip will be supported by two helicopters and a twin otter aircraft, so visitors will have access to more than the surrounding area of the base camps. With aerial support, both Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary and Nirjutiqarvik National Wildlife Area are close enough to visit for day excursions. Arctic Kingdom would like the option to visit these areas as day trips from our base camps. Visitors would be transported by helicopter and/or twin otter and will spend approximately 4-8 hours visiting each location. Activities at each location could include hiking, kayaking, wildlife viewing, filming and photography. Group capacity would be between 15-25 people and visits would take place between May 01 and June 30, 2020. All guests are accompanied by experienced, local Inuit guides and trained expedition leaders. Transportation of staff and guests to and from each location will be by twin otter and helicopter. It is expected that we will visit each location one to two times for day trips during the season. For visits to Bylot Island, it is possible to land on the ice surrounding the island. In addition, we are requesting permission to fly over the island and land the helicopters on the island for short visits, provided we secure the necessary permits from Parks Canada. We would request information from Canada Wildlife Service for flying and landing regulations for the bird sanctuary so we can abide by them. In addition, we will adhere to the Canada Wildlife Service’s Guidelines for Visiting Seabird Colonies if viewing migratory birds. For visits to Cobourg Island, we are requesting permission to land our twin otter and helicopters at the following location - N 75°51.257’ W 079°33.103’, an area that is suitable for landing a twin otter. From there, we are requesting permission to fly over and visit other areas on the island by helicopter. As with Bylot Island, we will abide by any flying and landing regulations that are in place for the wildlife area. Arctic Kingdom has its own wildlife policies that we follow to minimize impact. A copy of these can be made available.
Persons: 25
Days: 4
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
6060 polygon Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary
6061 polygon Nirjutiqarvik National Wildlife Area
6063 point Nirjutiqarvik National Wildlife Area - twin otter landing site
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Tourism Activities
Licensing Agencies
PC: 0
CWS: Migratory Bird Sanctuary permit under the Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations
CWS: National Wildlife Area permit under the Wildlife Area Regulations
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Bell 212 helicopter 1 14 passenger For transporting visitors to and from base camp to destinations as listed in the project description.
Bell 214 ST helicopter 1 18 passenger For transporting visitors to and from base camp to destinations as listed in the project description.
Twin Otter (DHC6) 1 19 passenger Transport of staff, equipment and fuel for helicopters.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Aviation fuel 5 208 Liters Extra fuel supply for helicopters transported by the twin otter.
Aviation fuel 1 215 Gallons Fuel for 212 helicopter (helicopter tank capacity)
Aviation fuel 1 435 Gallons Fuel for 214ST helicopter (helicopter tank capacity)
Aviation fuel 1 2400 Lbs Fuel for twin otter (aircraft tank capacity)
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0 Not applicable
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Potential Impact: Introduction of foreign material Proposed Mitigation: Arctic Kingdom operates with a Leave No Trace policy and all waste brought in or generated (including human waste) is packed out. Potential Impact: Destruction of fragile arctic vegetation. Proposed Mitigation: Tourism operations will mostly occur when there is still snow on the ground, therefore minimizing impact to fragile land. In addition, visits to these locations will take place when the sea ice is still viable. Potential Impact: Wildlife disturbance Proposed Mitigation: There are no known polar bear denning areas nor caribou calving and migratory grounds in the area we intend to visit. Trip leaders will follow our wildlife policies and human-bear conflict management procedures (copies can be provided upon request). Potential Impact: Wildlife disturbance - migratory birds Proposed Mitigation: Visits will take place in the middle of the day avoiding the typical feeding times of dusk and dawn. A minimum distance of 100m will be maintained from where seabirds are occupying the island. We will adhere to the Canada Wildlife Service’s Guidelines for Visiting Seabird Colonies
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) <5kg/visit None Portable washroom facilities will be brought on day trips. Any waste generated will be packed out and disposed of accordingly in the Arctic Bay landfill.
Combustible wastes <5kg/visit . Any waste (food or food packaging) generated will be stored in garbage bags, removed from site and disposed of accordingly in the Arctic Bay landfill.
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2020-02-26
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 17444
Document Size: 231.07 Kb
2020-04-09 06:19:16, from: Kristyn Thoburn
 Hello, Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Arctic Kingdom has postponed the trip that this application pertains to until 2021. At this time, the details of the proposal remain the same, except for the dates. We request permission to transfer this project proposal to next year. Please advise if there is a more formal process to change the project dates. Thanks very much, Kristyn Thoburn


Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
We are requesting to take off and land within the protected areas as indicated. Low level flights near wildlife will always be avoided. If there are any areas where take offs and landings are restricted, we will abide by those guidelines.
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?