PREPARING FOR A Trip to AYLMER LAKE LODGE
Sundown on Rocknest Bay, Aylmer Lake. Photo: Kevin McNeil
When it comes to certain daily activities – such as fishing – we provide each guest with high quality protective equipment such as personal flotation devices, padded cushion seats in the boats. We recommend bringing a small dry day pack that has a waterproof cover and a waterproof bag or protection for your camera. You may also wish to bring some optional gear depending on your interest level in different activities. Each day – depending on expected weather conditions and interests of guests – we will present a couple of experiences that we wish to offer you. You can choose the experience that resonates most with you. Activities may include fishing for huge lake trout, hiking, photography safaris, boating, and canoeing. You may wish to bring along more personal gear such as extra camera batteries, extra memory cards, binoculars, fishing waders and boots, fishing rod or flies/lures, and a waterproof camera or GoPro camera (with float). We welcome you to share with us your expectations and interests for your time at Aylmer Lake Lodge. We are committed to exceeding your expectations making your experience as unforgettable as possible!
Clothing you should pack for your arctic trip. When considering the layering system that works for you, it’s important to consider a few things:
the temperature ranges from -2°C (28°F) to +30°C (88°F) during the summer
the weather can vary including wind and rain. Snow usually does not return until October.
there is little to no shelter out on the tundra.
The good news is, “there is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing!”
Our boats return home after a long day of exploring on Aylmer Lake . Photo: Kevin McNeil
We all have unique experiences when it comes to cold weather. Some of us are furnaces, while others are chilly pretty much all of the time. The key is knowing yourself and how you react to the cold. Do you find enduring cold weather a challenge? When looking at merino base layers and insulating down or synthetic mid-layers, choose a heavier fabric or higher loft or fill power. In contrast, if you are a person who gets warm or hot quickly while moving, consider lighter, wicking fabrics. Ultimately, having three or more layers is the key, because you can take off layers gradually as you get warmer, regulating your temperature.
It is imperative that you bring with you waterproof outer layers, as rain doesn’t discourage us from getting outside! The boats that we use to cross Aylmer Lake are open boats so you will have spray on windy days, but even when boating, we will spend time on the land hiking to beautiful panoramic lookouts or to get closer to the migrating caribou, muskox. Along with waterproof outer layers, we recommend comfortable rubber boots. We all wear and love the neoprene/rubber Muck Boots – http://www.muckbootcompany.com. They are great for getting in and out of the boats. You should also bring hiking boots/shoes as you may find them less cumbersome for longer hikes where we are not expecting to encounter much water.
Other important items you should bring include:
Floater jackets are great for the boats
comfortable/casual clothes for meals and relaxing around the lodge
base layers (we recommend merino wool)
mid layers (fleece or wool)
insulating layers (down/synthetic down jacket or vest)
waterproof gloves (or mitts)
toque (warm hat)
warm socks and socks for hiking
comfortable slippers for around the lodge
personal items and toiletries
*Important: Please refer to the pre-expedition documents you have received for a more detailed packing list.
A must have while traveling to wild and far-flung places, is a journal. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish – just a place to jot down thoughts, feelings and observations, to record plant and animal names and to describe our incredible surroundings.
For further assistance in preparing for Aylmer Lake Lodge, we invite you to check out the Adventure page of our website, where a gear list and frequently asked questions can help you with your trip preparation.