Experience and photograph the fall caribou migration from this Arctic 5 star lodge in Nunavut.
One of the largest herds in North America, the Qamanirjuaq caribou herd of over 350,000 roam the Canadian Barren Lands west of Hudson’s Bay. Twice per year they migrate north and south. Their trails follow the eskers (long thin hills left by glacier in the last ice age) and lakes (when there is ice). Some of their routes are on the eskers by the lodge.
The Qamanirjuaq caribou herd's range straddles the Nunavut-Manitoba border and runs north through Nunavut's Kivalliq region up to Baker Lake. The range extends into parts of southeastern Northwest Territories and northeastern Saskatchewan.
Every fall the Qamanirjuaq caribou herd leaves their summer calving grounds and journeys five hundred kilometers southward to their winter home. The Qamanirjuaq caribou are one the healthiest herds in Canada and several narrow sections around the lake provide natural crossing places for the caribou. This lodge is located on their migratory path.
Many other animals such as wolves and wolverine depend on the caribou. Large numbers of caribou means large numbers of predators. At this lodge you may also see wolves and wolverines. Fresh tracks around the lodge are common.
The lodge offers a variety of easy to moderate hiking opportunities as you explore the area and search for the caribou. The lodge is located at the heart of the treeline and natural trails forged by the caribou provide excellent paths to explore the area. A fleet of boats are used to travel the lake and are the best way to spot the caribou. Fall is also an excellent time to view the aurora borealis or northern lights and in the evenings there is a good chance of seeing this phenomena right from the lodge.
For the avid angler the lodge offers excellent fishing for lake trout, northern pike and arctic grayling. Spin tacke or fly fishing gear can be used and your guides know all the hot spots to catch the big one.