This tour offers a rare opportunity for a backpacking adventure into Bylot Island's Sirmilik National Park, one of Canada's newest national parks. Sirmilik National Park offers some of the best hiking in the Arctic. Ice-capped towering mountains, lush tundra valleys, glaciers and unique eroded formations known as "Hoodoos", showcase the incredible variety the island has to offer. Containing fifty different species of birds (of which thirty are known to breed) this island sanctuary is also has more than three hundred species of plants. Most hiking will be over grassy and mossy tundra; some rocky moraine fields and the route chosen will involve several stream and small river crossings.
The expedition is within Sirmilik National Park (the place of glaciers). Established in 2001, the park encompasses over 22,000 sq. km. The park has 3 distinct regions - Oliver Sound, a long narrow fjord bounded by high cliffs and glaciers, an area of river valleys and plateau on Baffin island's Bordon Peninsula and most of Bylot Island, a complex area of mountains, ice fields and glaciers, with a coastal lowland.
The route of the expedition is on Bylot Island 30 km to the north of Pond Inlet. With mountains rising 2,000 meters out of the surrounding waters, the area marks the northern terminus of a Precambrian mountain range that forms the backbone of Baffin Island. Bylot has fascinating eroded rock formations called Hoodoos. Bylot has been a migratory bird sanctuary since 1965 with thousands of birds nesting on the cliffs. The park supports caribou, arctic fox, arctic hare and wolves. When the sea ice melts polar bears retreat to Bylot Island for the short summer. The surrounding seas are a summering area for narwhals and beluga whales. Seals and walrus may be observed. Icebergs may still be seen in the channels in August.
The Groulx Mountains are located in northeastern Quebec. They were named “Groulx” in honor of the canon Lionel Groulx. Climate and vegetation are comprised of boreal forest at the foot and more alpine tundra on the peaks. The Groulx Mountains include massif Provencher, Mount Veyrier, Mount Jumelle and Mount Jauffret. Their tallest peak rises at 3623 m.
The Groulx Mountains are a mix of forests, lakes, mountains and alpine tundra offering a wide variety of terrain to explore and experience. It is also home to a variety of vegetation and wildlife such as black bears, marmots, ptarmigan, moose and other species. Few people have the opportunity to hike and discover this unique region of Quebec.
This trip takes you to the heart of Quebec, going through the Saguenay by car to the north coast. You will have the chance to see Manic 5, the biggest hydroelectric dam ever built. The Groulx Mountains are one of the few places in Quebec from where you can access and observe tundra and suitable for the avid hiker with some experience.
Each day, your guide will assist you in discovering new species of plant, fruit or animal you can only find in this region. You will hike into a land which was well-known and well used by natives, and just like them, it is your guides knowledge about tundra and sense of direction which will guide you. The Groulx Mountains have no set trails to follow and is truly off the beaten path. You will have the chance to see the Manicouagan crater which is the 4th biggest meteor crater in the world.
This guided backpacking tour into the Torngat Mountains National Park, is one of the most scenic routes within the park and also one of the least visited. Along the way, there are a lot of secondary paths to follow to do short excursions and explorations into areas seldom visited by people.
This region has historically been a crossroad for the Inuit from Nunavik (north of Quebec) and from Nunatsiavut (north of Labrador). They have hunted in the area for centuries and they have used the crossroad to move from community to community along Labrador’s and Ungava Bay’s coastlines.
This huge valley stretches from east to west and is bordered in the south with small hills, and in the north, by sharp peaks, especially in the south-east where the Torngat’s highest summits are located. The hiking route is composed of mountains, small glaciers and cliffs. Along Ryan Bay, the group will likely encounter wildlife such as polar bears, seals and moose. You will also see archeological sites and incredible landscapes. The shapes of the mountains are unique and signs along the path will indicate the presence of wildlife.
At the northern extremity of the Labrador coast, a range of high barren mountains with sharp precipices extending inland from the sea was known to traditional Inuit as the abode of the master spirit in their mythology. Their name for the region, Torngait meaning “a place of spirit”, derived from the presence of Torngarsoak who was believed to control the life of sea animals and took the form of a huge polar bear.
Join this spectacular backpacking journey into Jasper National Park. This tour alternates between the tundra of the alpine meadows and the lush conifer forests of the valleys below. It’s an area abundant in wildlife, don’t be surprised to see mountain caribou grazing on a distant ridge! In the remote headwaters of Jasper National Park's Brazeau River, where Poboktan and Jonas Creeks pass, are huge expanses of alpine meadows that are referred to as the Jasper Highlands.
This hiking journey circumnavigates much of this expanse in a huge triangular route also known as the "Brazeau Loop". The South Branch of the Brazeau River which you will follow for the first two days is a very old trail long used by the indigenous people to be followed later by European trappers and explorers. Now this trail is used by backpackers and wildlife including wolves and the elusive mountain caribou.
The ambiance of this valley plus that of the peaks and meadows above is evocative of all that is wild, remote and beautiful in the northern reaches of the Canadian Rockies in what is one of the most challenging hiking trips in the area.
Hike Banff Highline on this classic Rocky Mountain backpacking trip. This trail travels through signature terrain of the Canadian Rockies. You’ll hike over several high passes, and see Mt. Assiniboine in the distance getting closer day by day. On route you will walk through vast wildflower meadows and stands of larches, and bypass multiple high mountain lakes. This trip’s uniqueness lays in the feeling of traveling a far distance, and every day has something new to offer as far as vistas and ambiance. Once you’re getting tired from carrying a big pack, the opportunity to rest for a day by the foot of spectacular Mt. Assiniboine comes up.
The Banff Highline Trail is a wonderful journey through the Canadian Rockies where you encounter much of the diversity to be found in these beautiful mountains. Day after day you cross spectacular passes interspersed with alpine lakes. Craggy peaks constructed of multi-hued quartzite give way to the massive limestone slabs typical of the Front Ranges.
Different elevations feature a variety of flowers and vegetation from the delicate moss campions of the alpine zone to the flowering shrubs and berries of the forest floor. A daily constant will be Mount Assiniboine's massive pyramid, first seen from Arnica ridge on Day 2 then gradually getting closer until we reach its base three days later.
Your guides have picked the most beautiful and accessible sections of the Continental Divide and hike south through Banff National Park, passing through both British Columbia and Alberta. There is excellent wildlife viewing opportunities throughout this whole trip. We will hike more than 100km of trails.