Camp Infrastructure

The Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory (CBAWO) was established in June, 2003. It is seasonally operated and capable of housing up to ten people and located in a central location near an airstrip. We welcome community members and collaborators and have hosted many researchers that have operated on independent projects in the region.


A heated Weatherhaven tent is available for general camp activities, along with individual sleeping tents. A new (2015) laboratory tent provides clean space for water and sample processing, along with freezers for sample storage. Solar power is available for general uses with a generator backup.

Scientific Infrastructure

CBAWO  encompasses a network of weather, stream, soil and lake monitoring sites that have been maintained to provide baseline information for process and experimental studies. Over 75 data logger-sensor systems are in operation, many year-round, collecting diverse scientific data to support research. For more details about specific scientific infrastructure click here.

The scientific infrastructure at Cape Bounty.

QuAWLity – Queens’s Arctic Water Laboratory

M.J. Lafrenière, S.F. Lamoureux and Myrna Simpson (University of Toronto) recently received NSERC funding for a Queen’s Arctic Water Laboratory (QuAWLity) located at the Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory (CBAWO), Melville Island, Nunavut. The CBAWO is the longest comprehensive watershed research program in the Canadian High Arctic and has been investigating critical land and water processes since 2003. For more information click here.

The construction crew and the finished tent, secured to the ground with long metal stakes and metal guy wires. For more camp building details check out the blog.