Memories of the South Camp Inn in 2001
For a number of years this was the official website for the South Camp Inn which is situated on Cornwallis Island, near the southern tip of Ellesmere Island, Resolute Bayone of the most northerly settled communities in the world.
Content is from the site's 2001 archived pages.
Go to https://www.atco.com/en-ca/for-business/operational-support-services/camp-services/south-camp-inn.html for the most up to date information about the South Camp Inn and Airport Hotel where you can book reservations for their rooms.
"....an oasis in the Arctic....great value for money here, superb facilities, super food 24 hours a day, an unobtrusive attention to detail....The best I have experienced yet in my 25 years in the Arctic (and I have seen a lot)..." Euan Mackay
"....logistical support and conference facilities for any major or minor expedition ...will use The South Camp Inn for all my future Arctic Expeditions and needs... found the Inuit culture fascinating and colorful...." Douglas Stoup
We invite you to discover the beauty and history Resolute Bay has to offer. Enjoy an unforgettable High Arctic adventure while receiving excellent hospitality from me and my family at the South Camp Inn, your top class destination on Cornwallis Island. We take pride in catering to all your private and expedition needs and are so certain that you will enjoy staying with us that we guarantee a full refund, if you do not!
........Aleeasuk Idlout & Aziz "Ozzie" Kheraj
From arrival to departure, South Camp Inn offers you a hospitable atmosphere and modern conveniences at a price that is guaranteed lower than our competition's.
Service with a smile
Airport pick-up and delivery
Spacious, individually heated rooms (smoking and non-smoking) with comfortable beds and private baths
Bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs
Cable TV, phone and modem for fax hook-up in every room
Complimentary Ethernet/Internet access in every room
Full meal service, including continental cuisine - or try our local specialties
Separate smoking and non-smoking dining rooms
Full Gym and pool table
Conference room with interpreter's booth and a panoramic view of theNorthwest Passage
Comfortable lounges with 10' big screen TV and video games
Separate smoking and non-smoking lounges
24 hour laundry facility
State of the art HF radio station for expeditions
6.8 cfm BAUER SCUBA compressor
Boat and expedition support
Working and preparation area for expeditions
Wendy Elsner, 3.09.01: "Thank you very much for your hospitality on either end of our field work in north Greenland. The friendly, relaxed, comfortable setting, and the good food that Nick & Randy serve, were much appreciated. South Camp Inn is a great place to catch up with oneself in the hectic field work season! "
LtCol T.C.DuncavageUSMC, 19.08.01: "Aziz, thank you again for the wonderful hospitality you and Alleasuk bestowed upon us last week. The accommodations, personal service and attention was superior in all regards. The food was FANTASTIC! You really made our difficult mission much easier to accomplish. We really enjoyed our stay in Resolute with you, and hope to visit again."
Ken Hopper "Chopper", 18.08.01: "Ozzie, I want to thank you for the wonderful hospitality bestowed upon my crew during our recent expedition to support NASA. We spend a tremendous amount of time away from home and when we can run across people as wonderful as you, it helps to alleviate the pain of being away from home..."
Eric Philippouci, 17.08.01: "This inn is simply a great place to spend quality time in the arctic, the people are warm and friendly, the food is tasty and the atmosphere is calm and laid back what else should we want? They even have ATVs at guest's disposal! Keep it up."
Hans van der Hoeven & Monique Graaf, 07.08.01: "Aziz, we would like to thank you for the lovely time in your hotel while coming back from the Ellesmere expedition in Sverdrup Pass. We were with Bob Howe and Lo Camps and were stuck in Resolute for two extra days because of the weather. We will be back in the near future."
Allen Winter, 12.08.01: "South Camp Inn was a wonderful place to spend some time. Aziz although the owner of the hotel, was more like a host - concerned and interested ... and offering me assistance and many ideas...I still can taste the delicious cherry cheese cake that the chefs Randy and Nick served up...like being in a friend's house rather than at a hotel...rubbing shoulders with many world class adventurers was an outstanding bonus."
It was a bummer when I cracked my glasses' frame, but Aziz showed me a website where he said I could order a new pair of round glasses and have them waiting for me when I get home. That was a really nice but since my glasses are prescription I decided to wait till I returned home. What I did learn from the site, Eyeglasses.com is that I can order my round frames from them, send them my latest prescription and they will grind the proper lenses and install them in the frames. That's actually what I did when I returned home. It was so convenient ordering online. SO thanks again Aziz for introducing me to this eyeglass site.
Mary Allton and Liz Thornewill, 26. 04.01: "Wonderful hospitality and great food - nothing was too much trouble for our hosts. We had a comfortable and exiting stay for our trip to meet Mike, Fiona, Catharine and Paul on the polar ice at 84.45 degrees North. We very much want to come back!"
Col Colin C. Lampard,20.07.01: "....On behalf of all the Marines...a most sincere thank you for your kindness, generosity, hospitality and friendship. We spend a lot of time traveling around the world on various interesting missions...our trip to Resolute clearly ranks among the best..."
Dr. Kelly Falkner, 07.06. 01: "....My stay at South Camp Inn, following our research program at the North Pole, was delightful. Great food, clean and comfortable accomodations with lots of amenities, great company and good humor. ..."
Douglas Stoup,02.06. 01: "....logistical support and conference facilities for any major or minor expedition ...will use The South Camp Inn for all my future Arctic Expeditions and needs... found the Inuit culture fascinating and colorful..."
Marek Vokac,29.05.01: "...from the mountains we were on. It was like standing in the middle of miniature Himalayas. This first time in the Arctic made a large impression on me..."
Mike & Fiona Thornewill,24.05. 2001: "Thank you for supporting our record breaking trip to the North Pole. You answered our every need and more, ..especially when Fiona discovered the jacuzzi bath! With all thanks, and best regards."
Winnie Qammaniq,15.05. 01: "Great place to stay, great hospitality, wonderful food, and the accessibility of all facilities is just WONDERFUL ... I'll definitely stay again if I ever come to Resolute again."
Loretta Koonoo, 15.05. 01: "This is a very good hotel, great rooms and very friendly service. Thank You!"
Dominick Arduin, 15.05. 01: "After one month on the ice sea, it's fantastic to come back to Resolute and have so nice a hotel to get a rest in. See you next year for the geographic North Pole!"
Andre Fortin, 01.05. 01: "....I had a great time, great food, clean accommodations, plenty of space for us to spread out our equipment. We'll return on our next trip to the North Pole!..."
Mary Hartley, 01.05. 01: "....the atmosphere was very exciting.... a big thank you for looking after the North Pole 2001 team so well....I shall remember it all with tremendous pleasure to my dying day..."
Danny Deshotel, 24.03.01: "....most pleasurable. The comfort, good food, and other amenities are all one could ask for....bear hunt was great too..."
Swee Chiow Khoo, 23.03.01: "....wonderful hotel....new, clean and lots of space. The 24-hour internet service is a vital link....most delicious meals....knows expedition requirements very well....I will definitely come back to South Camp Inn..."
Brian Howe, 08.02.01: "....fantastic food with special attention to our specific eating habits, whirlpool tubs, use of a vehicle and the relaxing conversation .....very impressive..."
Andrew Moore, 15.12.00: "....Ozzie is a perfect host and there's always someone with a fascinating tale to tell passing through. Resolute Bay is unlike anywhere else you've ever been..."
Euan Mackay, 04.12.00: "...an oasis in the Arctic desert....great value for money here, superb facilities, super food 24 hours a day, an unobtrusive attention to detail....The best I have experienced yet in my 25 years in the Arctic (and I have seen a lot)..."
Alan Wilkinson Chambers, 02.12.00: "... a fantastic base to launch our expedition and also a high level of continuous support along our 3 month journey.." .
David Wecker, 07.11.00: ".....a constant stream of fascinating people flowed through the South Camp Inn.....Aziz Kheraj went out of his way to help me.."
Paul Schurke, 01.11.00 : ".... Among all the inns I stayed at on my travels 'round the globe, none beats yours for hospitality..."
Teresa Wolfe, 27.10.00: ".... such modern accommodations.... conference room has a view any five-star hotel in the South would kill for!"
Wes Vining, 26.10.00: "...sent several clients to your hotel....the food is too good.....I love Resolute Bay!"
Genevieve Montcombroux, 13.10.00: "....very impressed with the hotel......looking for that elusive Northwest passage..."
Bill Mattman, 12.10.00: "....how hospitable you are.......wonderful accommodations.......miss the solitude and quiet of the Arctic..."
Over the years we have supported and outfitted many fascinating expeditions. Their members have become friends who keep coming back to the South Camp Inn. Our infrastructure is well suited as "base camp" and for equipping private explorers as well as scientific expeditions. We offer:
Airport pick-up and delivery
24 hour laundry facility
State of the art HF radio station
6.8 cfm BAUER SCUBA compressor
Working and preparation area
Boat and expedition support
"Thank you for supporting our record breaking trip to the North Pole. You answered our every need and more, ...especially when Fiona discovered the jacuzzi bath! With all thanks, and best regards."
Mike & Fiona Thornewill
"Your hospitality and through that all the interesting people we met at your place made a very good end to our 4 week trip! This first time in the Arctic made a large impression on me, and while I several times thought - well - who knows ... ?" Marek Vokac
"On behalf of all the Marines who stayed with you in Resolute...a most sincere thank you for your kindness, generosity, hospitality and friendship. We spend a lot of time traveling around the world on various interesting missions...our trip toResolute clearly ranks among the best for me..." Col Colin D. Lampard
"My stay at South Camp Inn, following our research program at the North Pole, was delightful...I felt well looked after; great food, clean and comfortable rooms with lots of amenities, great company and good humor. I enjoyed to connect with the local community. I hope to pass through again!"
Dr. Kelly Falkner
"South Camp Inn was a wonderful place to spend some time. Aziz was concerned and interested and offering me assistance and many ideas...I still can taste the delicious cherry cheese cake that the chefs Randy and Nick served up......rubbing shoulders with many world class adventurers was an outstanding bonus."
The Northwest Passage
Discover what it took explorers years to find. The waters of Resolute Bay are frozen most of the year, so you can actually walk on the famous Northwest Passage, which passes directly in front of Resolute.
Enjoy the many National Parks in close proximity to South Camp Inn, including Ellesmere Island National Park. Imagine the beauty of the limestone cliffs at Prince Leopold Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
Enjoy hiking along an old sea bed rich with fossils dating back 400 million years.
From the modern surroundings of South Camp Inn, it's just a short trip to an untamed experience you'll never forget. Enjoy beluga watching and char fishing on Somerset Island. See seals and polar bears, or ride to adventure on a dog sled trip. Thousands of birds also wait to be discovered by you: ivory gulls, arctic terns, snow buntings, red-throated loons and more. Stop and enjoy the flowers: arctic poppies, purple saxifrages, chickweeds and buttercups.
Take up the challenge of sport hunting, fishing and diving. We arrange guided tours to suit your interests.
Resolute Bay is located 600 km north of the Arctic circle on the southern shore of Cornwallis Island and is part of Canada's newest territory, Nunavut and the second most northern community in North America. The natural surroundings are truly unique and are home to polar bear, musk ox, arctic fox, arctic hare and many other animals unique to this area. Trips to observe high arctic wolves or the endangered peary caribou are best arranged from Resolute. Narwhal and Beluga whale pods pass by Resolute Bay to summer feeding habitats and can be viewed on boat tours or sometimes even by walking along the beach. Northwest of Ellesmere Island lies Word Hunt Island which is the starting point for most North Pole Expeditions. More details are to be found on our EXPEDITION or PHOTOS pages.
The Resolute Bay area has been settled for the past 4000 years. The remains of four winter villages of the early Inuit lie close by the present community. Their winter houses were built from boulders and turf, the roofs supported by whale bones. These historic sites include some of the earliest evidence of Inuit presence in Arctic Canada. The approximately 230 inhabitants of contemporary Resolute are a blend of traditional Inuit and non-Inuit cultures and form a warm, friendly and welcoming community.
The South Camp Inn offers you many services including guided tours, outfitting and other activities. For more details check our HOTEL and EXPEDITION pages.
Resolute can be reached by plane from Ottawa via Iqaluit or from Edmonton via Yellowknife by First Air. Within Nunavut, Resolute can be reached from Pond Inlet, Nanisivik and Arctic Bay by Kenn Borek Air.