Customer comments from past expeditions: 2015-2014
"I am emailing to thank you for your hospitality when I had the pleasure of being in Kuujjuaq recently with Great Canadian Wildlife. I am also grateful to you for generously sharing the amazing history of your town and the hard fought successes you have all achieved. I really appreciated the time you took to answer questions and for the tours you gave, the first on my own and the second one with Tom's other guests. I know that the other guests were also inspired by the historical achievements you described - we were talking together about this as we left."
"In September 2015, I finally returned to the Arctic after a hiatus of 20 years. The decision I made to join Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures was one of the best in my life. Not only was the land I discovered around Ungava Bay one of the most fascinating landscapes I have ever visited and photographed but everything came together to make this trip unforgettable."
"I was a bit apprehensive that at least one of the highlights that ‘Tundra Tom’ built and advertised the trip around (i.e. Musk-ox, Northern Lights and Fall Colors) would not materialize but my fears were unfounded as all three came to be and presented some awesome photo ops. As an added bonus, the weather in early September could not have been better, crisp and rain-free. And not a mosquito in sight!"
"The northern lights danced in the sky on my first night at the wildlife camp and I spent a few hours photographing this amazing natural show that I had never observed before. Good thing I did because they never reappeared with such intensity again for the rest of the trip."
"Thanks to our guides' expertise, we were able to locate and slowly approach herds of muskoxen, close enough for photography yet far enough to respect the animals' personal space. What a thrill to get all the photos I had hoped for and walk away with the satisfaction of leaving the animals undisturbed, aware of our presence but going about their business as if we had never been there."
"Our guides were as efficient at camp as they were in the field. There was absolutely nothing that they were not willing to do, always with a smile, to make our experience more positive. The food was amazingly delicious, especially after long and arduous hikes over tough terrain and fighting a strong, chilly wind all day!"
"Compared to the explosion of colors that occurs in the fall in my home state of Minnesota, the fall colors in the Arctic landscape were certainly more subdued but no less spectacular in their own way. Bearberries and crowberries were at peak color and their bright crimson foliage, when backlit by the midday sun, was a sight to behold."
"This was one of the greatest trips of my life for the out-of-this-world imagery, the camaraderie between participants and the opportunity to learn about the land and the culture of the Inuit people who live in this harsh but beautiful land."
"I had a very positive experience with "Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures" and I am glad to have found this outfitter. Tom is a character, and has a great capacity to get things organized in sometimes difficult conditions. I felt I really got a opportunity to learn more about Inuit life and culture during this trip.
I loved staying in a remote cabin on the River, I was impressed by the Caribou I saw, but was especially blown away by Pamiok Island which I am grateful to have visited. Eyetsiak, our guide, was very skilled and it was great to have him show us around. It was a very exciting and inspiring experience.
Thank you again for everything, and I hope we get a chance to meet again in the near future."
"Dear Tom; Mike and I wanted to tell you how very much we enjoyed our trip to Kuujjuaq and our camping trip to view the musk ox! We are both passionate environmentalists and avid supporters of eco-tourism. We believe it is vital to ensure the local economy and community benefit when we visit any area. One of the main reasons we chose your company (Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures) was because you support this as well. When we arrived in Kuujjuaq we found that to be true. Your passion for the remote, untouched Arctic landscape and all its creatures was obvious from the moment we received your enthusiastic “hello!” at the airport. As ecotourists, we were pleased to support the Inuit airlines (First Air), Inuit hotel (Auberge Inn), local gallery, and local market. The “city” tour provided by Allen Gordon and you deepened our understanding of the mounting human and economic pressures that will determine the future of the Inuit community as well as the majestic animals we traveled so far to see."
"Our trip was amazing and we were overwhelmed at the opportunity to be able to spend time in such a wild, unspoiled, majestic area. It was an incredible adventure! The ability to see the Northern lights, wild geese, loons, ptarmigans, birds of prey, pristine lakes, and majestic musk ox in a wild setting was beyond our dreams and we are so grateful to you for all the efforts you went through to ensure we had an outstanding and memorable experience!"
"Your camp guides, Thomas, Shelby, and Michael, made our trip fun, exciting, delicious, and comfortable! Thomas was exceptional and provided vital insight, commentary, and great guiding so we could experience the musk ox in the best possible way. We’ll never forget our time on the tundra with him! Shelby and Michael did a great job as well and all three were great camp cooks!"
"Because of this trip and the knowledge we obtained about the deeply special character of the “Serengeti of the North” we feel a passionate commitment to the people and the wildlife in this extraordinary area. We have rarely been so touched by such a place and a man like you whose incomparable relationship to it and to the indigenous people and wildlife was an honor to experience. We hope that the Inuit and Nunavik government continue to support ecotourism efforts such as those provided by your company, and that the precious wildlife resources in such a wild, unspoiled area remain safe and secure so that many future generations can experience the awe and beauty of the landscape, the people, and the wildlife in the same way we were able to do during this trip."
"Thank you for a “trip of a lifetime.” We will never ever forget it—nor will we forget you, Girly, your staff, and Oscar! We also hope you are feeling much better! We wish you continued success with your company. All the best,"
Cyndie and Mike Koopsen
"Hi Tom, I just wanted to let you know that our musk ox expedition was absolutely great! It took a while to approach the animals but I'm glad we did it on foot. The herds tolerated us and did not panic and run. With patience we got close enough to shoot some amazing footage with long lenses. It takes a lot more to film animals than to hunt them, but the rewards are lasting! I can't say enough good things about your guides and staff. They were kind, courageous and very aware of the animal’s behavior. They are people you can place your trust in. I wish you every success in this non-consumptive low-impact, small-footprint approach to wildlife viewing. Kindest regards from everyone on the shooting team for "Arctic Secrets".
"Hello! We are just back from our recent trip to Nunavik with Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures, to see muskox in the wild. We had a wonderful trip. It was an amazing experience to see a herd of muskox in the wild. The tundra was startling beautiful and the aurora borealis put on a show that we will never forget. Our three young guides were terrific, making us feel right at home even though we were completely out of our element. It was such a privilege to walk on the tundra, with no one in sight for miles and miles. It was a privilege to see the muskox in their native environment. The silence of the tundra is silken - a gift to be enjoyed especially by those of us who live in noisy cities. I would highly recommend this trip, and this tour company, to anyone who wants to experience Nunavik in all its natural glory."Patricia and Michael
“The Leaf River is a great river to paddle. It has sections of fast water along with changing landscape as you progress down the river. There is great fishing and the opportunity to see wildlife, which included Wolves, Bear, Beaver and Caribou. The absolute bonus was camping one evening and while we were having dinner a herd of several hundred Caribou made its way through and around camp and swam across the river by our camp. We were fortunate on several occasions to have to paddle around Caribou swimming the river. This for two New Zealanders was the highlight! Our guides looked after us very well both on and off the river with excellent river and camp skills. We were also fortunate to experience the Northern Lights on three occasions. An amazing trip thank you very much”
Murray & Marcelle Douglas
"Tundra Tom - thanks for the fun adventure and for helping me see my first wolf in the wild! Thought this photo looked a bit like Girly - I will send pics!"
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