Walker Bay Research Station

One permanent structure (14 x 8 feet) which includes a fridge, hot water and shower. Facility is heated by propane and powered by sun and wind. Five prospector tents: three for sleeping and two as laboratories. Lake water available.

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Inside view of Walker Bay Research Station. Photo credit: Douglas Morris

Name Email Phone Number
Primary Contact Lisa-Marie Leclerc lleclerc@gov.nu.ca (867) 982-7444
Secondary Contact Myles Lamont mlamont@gov.nu.ca (867) 982-7465

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Owner     
Government of Nunavut, Department of Environment

Membership
Regular Member

Latitude        
68.367

Longitude
-108.067

Location     
The Walker Bay Research Station is located on the west end of the Kent Peninsula. The study area borders the August River that flows into Walker Bay and is located between the Northern and Southern Arctic Eco zones.

Nearest Community
Cambridge Bay

Territory or Province
Nunavut

Aboriginal Government/ Homeland
N/A

Facility Type
Year-Round Research Station, Summer, May to September, Site for Observing/Monitoring

Research Hinterland
Ponds, Terrestrial, Transitional Zone, Tundra, Wetland

Main Research Disciplines
Climatology, Environmental Sciences, Microbiology, Soil Science,Terrestrial Biology/Ecology

Current Projects
Dr. Douglas Morris of Lakehead University is conducting research on lemming.

Research History     
Research was initiated in 1986, and the Walker Bay Research station was built in 1989. This is the only research station in the Western Arctic. We conduct and facilitate ecological studies of the dominant flora and fauna, to conduct long-term environmental baseline studies monitoring and train residents and students in related environmental disciplines. The surroundings are typical tundra, but the study area contains diverse plant species and is defined by marine sediment. The prime waterfowl nesting habitat is comprised of tundra “island”, clusters of shallow ponds, and mud flats.

Power
Solar, Wind

Communications
Satellite Phone, VHF

Local Transportation     
Winter: snowmobile, fix-wing on ski, helicopter. Summer: helicopter.

Equipment Storage 
Small storage room

Dormitory/Sleeping Facilities  
Camp can hold (sleep and feed) six persons for 2-3 months or up to 10-12 for shorter periods.

Dining/Kitchen Facilities
Propane stove, Colman stove. Kitchen table.

Laboratory Facilities
Dry Laboratory

Fuel Availability 
None. Fuel caches need to be prepared in advance.

Research Requirements
Contact the Nunavut Research Institute and the Government of Nunavut Wildlife Research Section for the Nunavut Wildlife Research Permit; permit/licence requirements may differ depending on the type of work being conducted.

Special Rules and Regulations    
N/A

Nearest Medical Service
Cambridge Bay, 150 km or Yellowknife, 500 km

Safety Considerations
The area is known to have a lot of Grizzly Bear. Bear training and weapon mandatory and presence of a bear monitor strongly recommended

Cost
Priced to cover food, fuel and equipment use. Price list available on request.

Other Information
N/A

Last Updated
2015-05-30