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
|Sewage (human waste)
||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.
||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.