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Prince Leopold Island Migratory Bird Sactuary Permit (149312)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Renewal
Proponent name: Richard Weber
Company: Canadian Arctic Holidays
Start Date: 2020-07-10
End Date: 2020-07-17
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Prince Leopold Island MBS Proposed dates and Duration of Visit: We would like to fly and land a Summit Air Twin-Otter at both Prince Leopold Island. We will be using the airstrips that are already designated on the island and then walk to the cliffs and waters edge. No vessel, all-terrain vehicles or helicopters will be used in either location. Proposed dates for visiting the location is July 10th-17th and August 4th-14th 2020, weather permitting. This is a one-day visit at each location, with an approximate 3-4 hour viewing at each location. Activity Summary: Once on land, we will be strictly walk and view the wildlife from a safe distance. Our primary goal is to insure that we do not frighten the wildlife and birdlife. We will be viewing the birds and mammals using binoculars and cameras. We do not have hiking routes mapped out, as we have not yet visited the island and there is no information available to visitors online. We would be happy to map out a route after the first visit. Archaeological sites are not of interest. We are visiting to see flora and fauna. We would only be visiting each sanctuary for a few hours at a time, before flying back to to Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge for the evenings. The maximum group size would be 10 guests with two trained arctic guides as tour leaders. There will be no overnighting, camps or structures being constructed on the island. No fuel for the aircrafts will be stored on Prince Leopold Island.. All fuelling will be done at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge or Resolute Bay. All personal garbage or waste will be carried off the island by guests themselves or by the guides. Guests will be expected to take restroom breaks before departure to the islands. We will not be disturbing the birds. Viewing only, no touching, catching, killing will be involved. Guides and guests will be sure to keep a safe distance from any nests in order not to scare wildlife. Potential Environmental Impacts: Guests and guides will be expected to stay a 50 meters away from any nesting birds or wildlife. Visitors will be encouraged not to make loud noises while approaching the cliffs with birds. No food or waste will be left o the island in order to minimize environmental impacts. Spill protocol: As stated above the aircraft will not be fueled on the island and we will not be bringing any other combustibles or chemicals onto the islands. Dangerous Wildlife Encounter: We will have our arctic guides watching for polar bears at all times. If a bear is spotted, the guides will take appropriate measures to ensure safety for guests and bears. The group will return to the aircraft and depart. Guides and guests will have bear spray as a l defense deterrent against a polar bear. No camping food will be prepared on the island as not to attract wildlife. Emergency Protocol: We do not intend to be camping over night on the island, however safety precautions will be taken and emergency camping equipment will be stored in the aircraft as a precaution of a weather or mechanical delay. We will be traveling with Iridium Satellite phones, Garmin Inreach, complete first aid. Canadian Arctic Holidays owns and operates Arctic Watch Wilderness lodge on Somerset Island. We are a tourist-based lodge for wildlife watching activity. All the guides have at least 20 years of arctic experience with wilderness first aid and CPR certification along with Canadian firearms certification. Canadian Arctic Holidays is a well-established wildlife and arctic expedition tourism based operation. We have been operation in Nunavut for 30 years. Visiting Prince Leopold Island MBS is currently a one trip viewing expedition.
Persons: 12
Days: 2
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List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
6120 point
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Tourism Activities
Licensing Agencies
CWS: Migratory Bird Sanctuary permit under the Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations
Other Licensing Requirements
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Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Summit Air Twin-Otter 1 N/A Fly from Arctic Watch ,Somerset Island to Prince Leopold Island and return to Arctic Watch the same day.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Aviation fuel 0 0 Gallons The twin otter will be fuel at Arctic Watch or Resolute Bay. No fuel will be transported to either location.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
N/A 0 0 Cubic Meters No hazardous materials or chemicals will be part of this trip
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0 0 0
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
There will not be any environemental impacts from wast. Guests will be expected to carry their own wast back to Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge. Bathrooms will be used at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge before departure, if nesscary human waste will be carried out off the island via twin-otter. No Hazerdous materilas are involved.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) 0 N/A Guests will be expected to have restroom needs before departure to the island at Arctic Watch Lodge. If a guest or guide does need to have an emergency restroom break, all personal garbage or waste will be carried off the island in a garbage bag by guests themselves or the guides.
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-02-24
Originator: Richard Weber
Public Registry ID: 17439
Document Size: 669.33 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2020-03-03
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 17509
Document Size: 223.74 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2020-03-03
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 17510
Document Size: 230.37 Kb
2020-02-28 11:11:49, from: Goump Djalogue
 Good Morning, Could you please revise your answer in the North Baffin Questionnaire on the reporting of discovery of archeological sites (s3.11.3) Thank you Goump

2020-02-28 15:44:05, from: Richard Weber
 Hello Goump. I have changed the answer to the question.


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?

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)?