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Traveler / Adventurer
Barry Girard

All photos on this webpage are copyrighted to Barry Girard - all rights reserved

Barry Girard traveled from Chicago Illinois to join a two-week canoe expedition down the Clarke & Thelon Rivers, back in the days when when we were based out of Yellowknife, NWT. More recently he returned back north again for two-weeks of our 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' trips. Barry had this to say about his two wilderness trips with us:

Barry Girard on the barrenlands

A drywash valley entering into the Clarke River in Nunavut - photo copyright Barry Girard - all rights reserved

"I first encountered the Barrren Lands in 1999 on a 2 week canoe trip on the Clark-Thelon rivers from Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures. First off, they were anything but bare.

We encountered millions of black flies and mosquitoes, but I was prepared with my trusty bug shirt and many bottles of Deet."

"Many of my photos were shot from my canoe as we paddled."

Barry Girard on the Thelon River in 1999

Musk-ox bull in an autumn colour backdrop - photo copyright Barry Girard - all rights reserved

 

 

"On one occasion our guide spotted a musk ox and we went to shore and sneaked up on it. That was an adventure! I wished then that we were able to do that more. While we did not see one, not one caribou, I was still very happy with the trip. Just the beauty of it all was amazing."

 

 

"We were immersed in the country and it's history. I got to visit the final camp site of Hornby and his companions and saw the remains of the cabin. It was a solemn moment standing there having read how they died one by one from starvation."

 

The Hornby cabin ruins along the central Thelon River - photo copyright Barry Girard - all rights reserved

 

Aurora after sunset in Nunavut - - photo copyright Barry Girard - all rights reserved

 

 

 

"When I got back home I signed up for a two-week photography trip for 2000. Due to personal reasons, I was not able to make the trip until last year. Tom was cool about letting me use my deposit 9 years later!"

 

 

"When I got to the camp site on Chesterfield Inlet, the first thing I did was go for a walk. It felt like I was home."

The 2009 wildlife camp with North Channel of Chesterfield Inlet in the background - photo copyright Barry Girard - all rights reserved

Lone caribou bull behind camp on 2009 'Dance with Caribou' trip - photo copyright Barry Girard - all rights reserved

 

 

 

"Not 10 minutes into my walk I encountered a caribou. I did the dance, and it stopped and looked at me, and I got my first picture of a caribou!"

 

 

 

"This was an amazing trip! After a boat ride to look for musk ox we saw only one. One the way back it got stormy and we were all soaked. The next day, a herd of musk ox sauntered into camp! We were in awe of them."

Musk-oxen herd appears to be lining up to use the outhouse!  Note the board propping up the latrine to keep it upright against windstorms!  Photo copyright Barry Girard - all rights reserved
Musk-oxen lining up to use the outhouse??

 

Tundra Tom recons for wildlife with the Cessna 180 - photo copyright Barry Girard - all rights reserved

 

 

"On another occasion, Tom used his plane to look for musk ox as one client came for the last week all the way from Australia, and wanted to see them.  After a 2 hour flight, he did not see any."

 

 

"The next day as we were all helping take the camp down for the year, a big herd of musk ox came not once but twice into camp! I stood by my tent and got some great shots."

 

Musk-oxen herd wander near to the camp in 2009 - several times over the three weeks of operations!  Photo copyright Barry Girard - all rights reserved

Caribou herd cresting hill in 2009 - click to enlarge photo
Small caribou herd cresting a tundra hill - click to enlarge photo

 

 

"We were all extremely lucky with the quantity of animals we encountered. Some mornings I would get up early and take a chair to a spot overlooking the  stream that ran through camp, and sit there waiting for the morning show of caribou strolling through."

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I feel very much at home in the Barrens. My soul feels cleansed and I feel totally relaxed."

 

 

 

 

Photographers shoot the aurora borealis form the camp beach on the 2009 Dance with Caribou trip -  photo copyright Barry Girard - all rights reserved

 

Bull musk-ox wanders through camp - photo copyright Barry Girard - all rights reserved

 

 

"But not until the second week when I acclimated to 'Tundra Time'. Simply put, Tundra Time means, "It will happen when it happens. Or not..."

 

 

 

 

 

"There is no rushing nature or the weather - just enjoy what you get and you will find contentment."

- Barry Girard
Chicago, Illiniois

Email: musbou@yahoo.com

 

 

Daytime full moon at the 2009 'Dance with Caribou' camp beach - photo copyright Barry Girard

All photos on this webpage are copyrighted to Barry Girard - all rights reserved

 

Click here to learn more about the 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' trips on which Barry Girard participated


Click here to learn more about our special expeditions to see the great caribou migration in Canada's Far North


 

Click here to see a map of the migratory range of the Leaf River caribou herd in Nunavik Canada

 

 

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