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Exploratory Tour of Northern Quebec and Labrador Coast | CA-WHL001

Fly over the most spectacular scenery of northeastern Canada

Overview

Take an adventure tour of Arctic Quebec and Labrador. Travel in small groups to these northern provinces to visit the hidden treasures of the Golden Peninsula where the spectacular natural landscapes will take your breath away.

Highlights

  • Fly over the Torngat Mountains
  • Iceberg viewing along the Labrador Coast
  • Hikes with superb panoramas
  • Majestic fjords stretching inland from the Labrador Sea
  • Night excursion to take pictures of the Northern Lights
  • Black bears, caribou, wolves, seals and polar bears
  • Guided tour by floatplane through the wilderness of the Arctic Cordillera

 

Discover the distinct landscapes of the Torngat Mountains and the Labrador coast, guided by a professional naturalist guide. During this tour, you'll explore the abundant wildlife of the Labrador coast, the magnificent waterfalls and cliffs of Hebron Fjord Lake, fly over the Iceberg Alley, Fraser Canyon, the Merewether Crater, sleep in a tent under the starry night's sky at the Moraine Desert Valley and try fly fishing on the George River.

If the skies are clear, you'll bring home the memory of seeing the Northern Lights! The nights in Arctic Quebec and Labrador during August get longer, providing more opportunities to see this beautiful natural phenomenon.

Escape into amazing nature during this week full of adventures, wildlife and exploration.

Availability Aug - Sept
Duration 8 days
Departs From Montreal, QC
Difficulty Intermediate
Group maximum 8 people
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location No

From

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Per
Adult
  • Small Group Experience
  • Expert Guides
  • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
  • International number: +1 780 414 1676
  • Fast & secure payment

Availability (2023):

  • August 8-15
  • August 14-21
  • August 20-27
  • August 26-September 2

Price: $12500 CAD per person

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What's Included

Included

  • Round-trip flight between Montreal and Kuujjuaq
  • 1/2 guided day by charter boat from Kuujjuaq to sightsee and search for wildlife
  • 1 night double occupancy accommodations and meals in Kuujjuaq
  • Round trip flight between Kuujjuaq and the Lodge
  • 3 guided days by floatplane to explore outstanding natural scenic attractions in Labrador
  • 2 nights camping in tents at the Moraine Desert Valley on a Northern Lights quest
  • 1 guided day discovery hike of the Moraine Desert Valley in search of wildlife
  • 4 nights accommodations at the Lodge in the bunkhouse with private bedroom
  • 2 guided days activities from the Lodge
  • 1 unguided day of relaxation at the Lodge
  • Small group guarantee (maximum of 8)
  • Expert private guide
  • Group information meeting with your travel guide
  • Full board Meals, from dinner on the 1st day to breakfast on the last day (dehydrated meals while camping)
  • Snacks and drinks between meals
  • Limited access to Wi-Fi at the lodge

What to bring

  • Warm and waterproof clothing
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Backpack for your photo equipment, clothes and lunch
  • Pair of binoculars
  • Water bottle
  • Camera

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Meals and accommodations in Montreal
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Great weather guaranteed
  • Taxes 14.975%

Contact us for more Information about this tour

TOLL FREE NUMBER IN N. AMERICA: +1 888 285 1676
INTERNATIONAL NUMBER: +1 780 414 1676

You can also send an email to info@adventures.com, or use the contact form here below.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Montréal - Kuujjuaq

On the first morning, you'll arrive at Montréal International Airport and take Canadian North Airlines to fly to the village of Kuujjuaq (exact flight times to be updated). 

Upon arrival at Kuujjuaq, you'll be warmly welcomed and transported to Etua's Arctic Adventures. Your adventure begins!

You'll spend a half day with your captain Etua, exploring the water surrounding the village and taking in the beautiful scenery. Watch out for various wildlife, such as birds, whales, and muskox. You'll be able to learn more about the local culture from your local Inuit captain.

Dinner and an overnight stay at the Kuujjuaq hotel are included.

In the morning, you'll depart Kuujjuaq to take a short 45-minute flight to the Lodge. Once you're there, you'll get to settle into a private room in the bunkhouse before heading to the lounge for lunch and meeting with your guide.

Later in the afternoon, you'll set out on a guided electric bike ride to the top of the mountain, where you'll get a picture-perfect view of the George River valley. Stop and have lunch overlooking the beautiful scenery. 

After a day full of exploration, you'll return to the Lodge just in time for the appetizers in the lounge, followed by a gastronomic dinner in the dining room.

You'll spend the night at the Lodge.

On the third day, you'll travel by floatplane to explore one of the world's beautiful coastlines – the Labrador coast. 

Your pilot guide will take you on a winding route through the majestic Torngat Mountains, one of the tallest and most rugged in eastern North America. Fly over the mountain passes, inlets and fjords cutting deep into the awe-inspiring Labrador coast.

The first stop will be on a lake by the sea, where you can further explore a river where polar bears come to feed during the arctic char migration.

The flight will continue over Iceberg Alley, a corridor renowned for its numerous icebergs. And that's where the hunt for icebergs begins! Photography lovers will especially enjoy this experience: the main objective of an iceberg hunt is to bring back the best shot of beautiful ice diamonds. This area is also known for polar bear and seal spottings, so you'll have a chance to grab a snap of them too!

There's a tradition of soaking your feet in the North Atlantic on your first time visiting the region. This will surely make you remember this experience forever!

At the end of the day, you'll fly to Moraine Desert Valley to set up the tents and settle in for the night. Always keep your camera ready, as the Northern Lights might appear anytime!

On the fourth day, get ready to set foot for a half-day hike, during which you'll have time to absorb and photograph the beautiful locations in the Moraine Desert Valley.

The Torngat Mountains area is known for its vast semi-desert valleys and incredible views of valleys and moraine plateaus. Climb the bare mountain peaks and observe the wildlife on the plateaus, dune fields, and lush micro oasis.

The area is frequently visited by migrating caribou of the George River Herd. Caribou is usually a very curious animal by nature, so if you stand still, it can walk close enough for you to snap that perfect picture!

The surrounding area also offers plenty of opportunities to spot other wild animals: black bears, wolves, and arctic and red foxes are all busy hunting and feeding their little ones during this time of the year. This micro oasis is full of dwarf birch trees, home to ptarmigan and lemmings species. Your guide will show the best locations for bird and wildlife watching.

In the Arctic Cordillera area, the subsoil of the tundra at one meter deep is frozen permanently. This phenomenon is called permafrost. There are no trees or tall shrubs in this desolate landscape. Instead, an impressive dwarf flora of shrubs, grasses, mosses, and lichens flourishes here.

Ptarmigan, raven, killer plover, snowy own, and Canada goose are among the bird species that can be seen here.

You'll spend your night sleeping in a tent under the stars at the Moraine Desert Valley.

On day fifth, you'll discover one of the most beautiful freshwater fjords on the Golden Peninsula.

First on the day's agenda is Hebron's inner fjord. Get ready to fly over the magnificent Merewether Crater and the Kettles, not far from the fjord. You'll see glacial lakes with striking contrasts. Depending on the sun's brightness, it changes its color from turquoise to emerald green. The pilot will be happy to tilt the aircraft or make an extra loop for you to get a better view of the colorful landscapes.

Then, the floatplane will take you onto Labrador's biggest and most impressive inner fjord. There, you can admire the view of the highest waterfall in the region. The waterfall of Hebron Lake is over 720 (2362.2 ft) meters high.

 In the company of your helpful and friendly guide, you'll go on an inspiring hike through the most beautiful viewpoints of the fjord. If you want to make this day even more unforgettable, you can add an enjoyable float trip down the river towards the fjord.

You'll return to your accommodation at the Lodge in the afternoon.

This day you will have the morning off so you can rewind and relax after all these adventures in Labrador and prepare for what's coming next. In the late morning, you will join a short and fun boat ride on the George River. Enjoy the great scenery and make a stop at the peaceful spot to try out fly fishing. Who knows, maybe you'll catch your lunch! Your guide will prepare the fire for you to cook your fresh fish.

You'll return to the Lodge in the afternoon right on time to enjoy some appetizers and cocktail hour.

On the last day of your tour, you'll enjoy a panoramic flight over Fraser Canyon. If the winds blow in the right direction, you'll also land on the Fraser River within the canyon. 

Stretching for more than 100 km and 568 m deep within Labrador, Fraser Canyon is the longest canyon in eastern Canada. With several towering waterfalls, Fraser Canyon is a true geological wonder.

Fraser river flows at the bottom of the canyon. The Fraser river is a migration place for arctic char and salmon and also an important nesting place for the Harlequin Duck. It is also a common place for Peregrine Falcon and other species of raptors.

Along the way, you will pass by Fraser waterfall, plunging down 240 meters into the canyon. 

In the evening, you'll return to the lodge and have time to enjoy a wood-fired hot tub before dinner. Luckily, you'll end up enjoying the last Northern Lights show while sitting by the bonfire!

We’ll start our morning with breakfast before returning to Montreal through the village of Kuujjuaq.

The flying routes are organized above the most spectacular scenery and your pilot will always be ready to maneuver the aircraft so you can take the best pictures or make an extra loop over a remarkable spot. If you need anything, all you have to do is ask because the team is dedicated to assisting you during the journey. 

All the flights will be conducted by experienced pilots with extensive knowledge of Quebec and the Labrador Peninsula area. If at any point during the trip, there's a need to cancel a flight due to weather conditions, you will be refunded for the unused fuel of the aircraft. 

Since the Northern Lights and wildlife watching are natural occurrences, we cannot guarantee any sightings. 

Natural water from springs, streams, lakes, and rivers is perfectly drinkable, so there's no need to buy bottled water or purify it.

The lodge, founded in 1960, sits on the top of the hill, overlooking the incredible George River. Conveniently nestled at bay with amazing views over the river, it is protected from the river's strong currents and strong northern winds.

Accessible only by air, the lodge facilities were fully renovated in 2018-2019 to provide the best experience for its guests in such a remote area. How remote is it? The center of Montréal city is approximately 882 miles (1419.44 km) away, so it's really out there!

Each double room is equipped with one double bed or two single beds, a private bathroom, and a shared timber frame porch with a view of the river. There's an extra large rainfall shower facility in a separate cabin only a few steps away.

The lounge is located right at the heart of the lodge for guests to rewind and cozy up by the fire. The cocktail hour starts at 5 p.m. every evening, right before dinner. It is when guests can enjoy a drink or two with appetizers and share their stories of the day. The lodge lounge also offers a 180-degree view of the river below. On clear nights, you can even admire the sight of the Northern Lights from the convenience of the lounge.

The dinner is served in a dining room with an intimate setting and woodwork harvested from the surrounding territory. The chef prepares dishes to serve everyone's taste, from home-style traditional Canadian dishes to unique in-house experimentations.

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • Pricing does not include 14.975% GST.
  • A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  • Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS

If you were to cancel your booking, a cancellation fee would be charged. For cancellations 91 days before departure: 50% of the cost of the trip; 0 to 90 days before departure: no refunds; however, a substitute will be accepted at no additional charges. All modification costs arising from the booking of commercial air tickets will be the responsibility of the customer. Airfares are non-refundable.