Arctic Circle Retreat

Thanks to sponsorship from Eagle Plains Hotel, we are pleased to offer two residencies a year for all artists residing in the Yukon, as well as artists who live along the Dempster corridor in NWT. Transportation to the Eagle Plains Hotel, all food and incidentals are the responsibility of the Artist. There is no stipend associated with this residency.



Eagle Plains Hotel

This unique permanent hotel and restaurant complex is almost exactly halfway between Dawson City and Inuvik on the Dempster Highway in the Yukon Territory. Located just 35 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, it is a completely self-contained complex, with electrical generator, and water hauled by tanker truck from the Eagle River. It includes a gas station, government office and staff quarters. The industrial-style (but comfortable) modular motel has a dining room and lounge. The hotel is open year-round.

On the walls of the hotel and lounge are several sets of historical photos. These collections illustrating the stories of the Mad Trapper, the early R.C.M.P. dogsled patrols and the great reindeer drive are well worth seeing for an understanding of the special history of the northern Yukon.

This is a large, rolling region of hills nestled between the Ogilvie and Richardson mountain ranges. The area is at the alpine level and is mostly covered with stunted black spruce. Much of the ground has permafrost close to the surface and is covered with mosses, lichens, and short shrubs. The Eagle River, from which the area gets its name, wanders through the plains, fed by smaller creeks.



What is offered:

  • One week accommodation - for single artist or a couple
  • Heated studio space available if required
  • Free internet - available in lobby, lounge and restaurant
  • Satellite TV (300 stations)
  • Housekeeping: ie. garbage collection, fresh towels and sheets as requested
  • Laundromat is closed approx. Sept 15 to mid May; hotel laundry facility may be available

Other Info
• There is no microwave, fridge, or coffee maker in the hotel rooms.
• Restaurant hours are 7 am to 7 pm during the winter months.
• The Lounge opens at 4:30 and closes at 9 or 10 pm.
• There are no medical facilities for hundreds of kilometres in either direction.
• Road closures can occur in any season, in both directions.

Application Process

  • The Arctic Circle Retreat is currently offered to Yukon residents and artists who live along the Dempster corridor in NWT.
  • There is a black out period from mid-June to September 7
  • Two residencies are offered each year.
  • There is no application fee at the current time.

Submit the following by email to

1. One page project description
2. C.V. or resume
3. Maximum of 20 images (72 DPI, max 800px) or a total of 5 minutes of film or video excerpts (vimeo links preferred)
4. Indicate a few preferences for your 1-week residency:
September 7 to Oct. 31, 2018
Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018
Jan. 1 - Mar. 21, 2019
Mar. 22 - June 15, 2019

Residencies are subject to hotel availability.

Decisions will be made by July 1, 2018

Download this info (pdf).