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View the summer caribou migration from a wildlife camp in northern Quebec


Join us in Canada's Far North to encounter the mid-summer migration of the Leaf River caribou - the largest herd remaining in Canada - and the last great wildlife spectacle in North America since the bygone days of the buffalo.

The barrenground caribou of Nunavik Canada have some of the largest & least influenced congregates in the world. Every year, many thousands of animals migrate from the tree-line to the calving grounds on the remote Arctic tundra, and then back again during the summer and autumn. The wildlife camps are set up near one of the main southbound migratory routes, often allowing us high quality caribou migration encounters. This special wildlife expedition offers one of the best chances for the very rare opportunity to encounter the barrenground caribou herds en-masse!

You will start this unique wildllife adventure by boarding an aircraft at the remote northern Inuit settlement of Kuujjuaq in northern Quebec, and fly to the active area of the on-going summer caribou migration.You will land at a coastal airstrip on the Ungava Peninsula to embark on a 50-100 km journey with Inuit guides in powered traditional freighter canoes up a remote Arctic river, to camp at a major active caribou water crossing.

While on these special expeditions and depending where the active caribou migration is occurring, in past seasons participants have encountered musk-oxen herds and tundra wolves. In fact, over the past several years groups have seen first-hand caribou-wolves interaction several times - the real deal!

It is also quite possible that we will encounter fox plus a variety of nesting birds-of-prey, shorebirds and waterfowl - all under the midnight twilight of the Arctic summertime.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Wildlife Watching
SEASON

July to August

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
8
GUIDE INFORMATION

Through a series of techniques that includes aerial reconnaissance, satellite imagery, GPS positioning & traditional knowledge, your guides monitor the movements of the caribou herds, and then travel by boat or charter aircraft to meet them on their migratory route. You will then camp and position participants to see and photograph the summer caribou migration - usually thousands of animals - at a major water crossing as they migrate southward from their calving grounds.

These photography expeditions are relaxed and informal, yet inspiring and educational. Natural history along with intriguing archaeology lend dimension and culture to the main features of wonderful wildlife encounters and incredible wilderness landscapes.

RESTRICTIONS

These wildlife programs are suitable for all ages in moderate physical condition. You can expect day hikes of three to five km (2-4 miles) over relatively easy terrain, carrying a day pack with your own camera gear, bag lunch and water bottle.

Designed for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts, we accept only a total of eight participants on each departure.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag to -10 degrees Celsius, sleeping pad (ie. Thermorest), pillow, towels, daypack, flashlight.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in the community of Kuujjuaq, Quebec. Kuujjuaq is accessible by air from Montreal on First Air. Special rates on this flight can be arranged for approximately $1200 CAD per person round trip.

WEATHER

Summer temperatures average between 10-15 degrees Celsius.  Be aware of the possibility of inclement weather such as cold temperatures and high winds.

REGION
Northern Quebec
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Transportation by freight canoe to the best wildilfe watching location. Camping and expedition equipment, satellite phone.

Although we do have large 'fancier' aluminum power boats available in Nunavik, in the Ungava Peninsula area the Inuit prefer to use traditional freighter canoes. This is because of their good shallow draft capabililty and 'slippery' qualities for easily pulling over rocks and shallows, plying the tidal flats and negotiating the shallow rapids needed for gaining the best access to wildlife and traditional fishing areas.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm clothing to suit a variety of weather conditions, warm coat, rain gear, hat, gloves, fleece underclothes, comfortable hiking boots, bug jacket.  Outer garments made out of cotton or wool are best (plastic is too noisy) and all clothes should be dull colored or camouflaged.  No flourescent clothing!

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, tripod, binoculars, sunglasses, pocketknife, water bottle, sunscreen, daypack, insect repellent.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The key our success with wildlife is primarily due to the fact that our comfortable tent camps are mobile, and can be moved to where the animals are. The ‘Great Summer Caribou Migration’ trips are usually operated using mobile wildlife camps at remote areas of Nunavik in northern Canada. Depending on where the animals are, our comfortable & catered wildlife camps are often situated on beautiful sand beaches or protected coves. Designed to be environmentally friendly & fully state-of-the-art, the wildlife camps offer a combination of wind & solar power, enhanced by portable generators.

Our camp kitchens serve quality ‘northern style’ meals prepared daily. Also featured at the camps is a well-stocked northern library. The camps offer satellite telephone communications, and a camera battery charging station. Sleeping accommodations are usually in rustic cabins or good quality large Cabella’s outfitter tents complete with cots, heater and rugs. These tents can keep you comfortable in even extreme Arctic summer & autumn conditions.

They can be taken down and re-set up in just a few hours and moved to different areas for animal exposure should the situation arise. Each unit sleeps four persons, and are very comfy, and suitable for summer Arctic conditions.

At most camps we will set up a central shower unit. Due to the permafrost (permanently frozen ground), and for obvious minimum-impact reasons, toilets are of the outdoor latrine (outhouse) variety.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals are prepared fresh by your guides each day.

7 day tour, available July, 2018 - August, 2018
$5450.00 / per person - CAD
2018: July 27-August 1, August 1-8.

$9995.00 / per couple - CAD
2018: July 27-August 1, August 1-8.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 10.00% HST.

A $1000.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Deposit non-refundable. Your balance owing is due ninety days prior to departure, and is refundable up to sixty days prior to departure, after which time the balance amount is not refundable but is transferable to another person, date or season when accompanied by another deposit. This can be done just once: a second cancellation means the full amount is forfeit.
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