March is a magical month in the North; we’re invigorated by the longer daylight hours, increased warmth and we’re looking forward to summer. Since the Northwest Territories (NT) implemented travel restrictions over a year ago we’ve been able to enjoy life with relatively minimal changes in Yellowknife, despite the cessation of our operations.
Over the last three months we have been helping with the COVID immunization roll-out, by providing transportation services for personnel and supplies that are travelling to the communities of the Northwest Territories to vaccinate residents. Many of us in Yellowknife and throughout the Northwest Territories have already been vaccinated and, by the end of April it is anticipated that the NT will have reached herd immunity.
To date, there is no news of changes to the current travel restrictions to the Northwest Territories (NT). Considering this we’ve made plans to be open this summer with a fantastic line up of staycation options for local residents. We are optimistic that by this fall travel restrictions will have eased, so people from Canada and possibly other countries who want to join us for our annual Arctic Photography Workshop can do so (flexible booking policies are in place should you not be able to join us this year due to the pandemic). Of course, we are monitoring the situation regularly and you can count on us to let you know when travel restrictions ease. Like us, we imagine you are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to travel and we’re grateful that you’re keeping us as the destination you want to visit.
We hope to see you on the lake this year! Margaret, Chad, Amanda & PPLL Team
September 2020 – It was a different year with our lodge being closed and not meeting up with new friends.
Until it is safe for guests to travel to the Northwest Territories, we’re working on some local Staycation packages, and we’re optimistic about seeing you next year.
This years’ ‘pause in operations’ provided us with a unique opportunity to work on a number of maintenance and expansion projects so that we can serve you better (Check out our newsletter to learn more about our projects here).
We missed you and and look forward to hosting you in our favourite part of the world, whether you’ve come for the trophy lake trout fishing, on the lookout for wildlife photography or viewing the aurora, we cant’ wait to share these experiences with you.
Please feel free to reach out and connect with us. Drop a line to say ‘hi’ we’d love to hear from you.
From all of us here at Peterson’s Point Lake Lodge
May 2020 – Conditions persist that limit our ability to operate and, unfortunately, we will not be open this summer/autumn. As disappointing as this is, we are very much looking forward to having you as our guest. Know that we’ll be here when the Northwest Territories border is once again open. We’re looking toward the future and we have a great fishing, photography and aurora schedule for 2021. Please see package details and dates on the individual package pages.
We’re working on plans for lodge enhancements to serve you better and, we happy to speak with you about our extraordinary packages. Please be sure to check back for more updates and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Until then we’re wishing you a terrific summer exploring your backyard.
COVID19 – Northwest Territories
There are currently no active COVID19 cases in Northwest Territories. The five cases that were reported have now fully recovered. That being said, the Northwest Territories Chief Public Health Officer extended the State of Emergency, and on April 27 introduced new amendments to the Public Health Order. In addition to social distancing, a ban on indoor gatherings, no visitors from outside your household and 14-day self-isolation for those who return to the Northwest Territories there are now stricter measures for workers coming into the Northwest Territories, residents and non-residents. These measures will last until May 12 as was reported by Cabin Radio regarding their interview with the Chief Public Heath Officer about these new restrictions and what’s next.
For the most current information, the Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services website on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) can be found here.
On April 20, the United States and Canada extended their travel restrictions for another 30 days. Please refer to the travel heath notices from the Government of Canada website here. Please also refer to the US Embassy and Consulates in Canada Travel Restrictions website here.
What does this mean for our lodge 2020 season?
First and foremost, we want to make sure that all guests and staff are safe when we open the lodge. It is also equally important that everyone is safe as they travel to Yellowknife and the lodge. If we open up this year will depend on the Chief Public Health Officer’s recommendations, and if your home country has opened travel and it is safe for people to fly. Considering this we are going to wait until the week of May 17 to reevaluate the 2020 lodge season. We really hope that things improve for the year, that being said, we welcome people to book now for 2021. We’ll keep you updated as new information comes available, please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions. Wishing you and your families our very best, Margaret, Chad, Amanda & PPLL Team