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The Great Summer Caribou Migration

Join Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures 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...

All photos on this webpage have been taken by our clients and trip leaders while attending Great
Canadian Wildlife Adventures expeditions at our various operating locations in northern Canada


Tundra Tom with photographers hiding in the bushes shows off a barrenground caribou 'bunch' in Canada's Far North. Photo copyright Terry Elliot


Barrenground caribou 'bunch' during the summer migration - Click on photo to enlarge

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. Our wildlife camps are set up near one of the main southbound migratory routes, often allowing us high quality caribou migration encounters.


Caribou cows & calves of the Leaf River Herd swim an Arctic River on the Ungava Peninsula in Nunavik Canada during 2015 - photo by trip leader Thomas Groening



The Great Summer Caribou Migration in Nunavik, Canada

Click on photo to check out an on-line video taken by our clients during the 2014 summer caribou migration in Nunavik!


Curious caribou calves will sometimes approach within feet of the photographers! / photo courtesy Beverley Morris

Ccurious caribou calf approaches the photographer

Caribou bulls grazing on a big skyline /
Caribou bulls graze in the late afternoon skyline

Thousands of caribou following a remote tundra river valley / photo copyright Maxwell Finkelstein / click to enlarge!
Caribou cows & calves as the migrate along an Arctic River valley.  Click photo to enlarge!

This special wildlife expedition offers one of the best chances for the very rare opportunity to encounter the barrenground caribou herds en-masse!

summer caribou migration


Check out this new video clip of migrating caribou gathering to cross the Leaf River in August 2015. Click on photo to see the film!



Please email us at tundra@thelon.com to obtain the detailed trip supplement for the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' expedition in PDF format

The 2016 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' Expeditions:
Two six-day Departures
Seats Left
Prices (Rates do not include 9% HST tax!)
July 28 - August 2, 2016
FULL

Single:
$5,450.00 CAD / $3,300.00 USD
Double:
$9,995.00 CAD / $6,800.00 USD
 
August 2-9, 2016
4

Single:
$5,450.00 CAD / $3,300.00 USD
Double:
$9,995.00 CAD / $6,800.00 USD



Click here to make your reservation on the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' expeditions!


The 2017 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' Expeditions:
Two six-day Departures
Seats Left
Prices (Rates do not include 9% HST tax!)
July 28 - August 2, 2017
7

Single: $5,450.00 CAD / $4,500.00 USD Double: $9,995.00 CAD / $8,300.00 USD
 
August 2-8, 2017
6

Single: $5,450.00 CAD / $4,500.00 USD Double: $9,995.00 CAD / $8,300.00 USD

A non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00 per person booked is required at time of registration

You also have the choice to combine two back-to-back trips of the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' expeditions at a reduced rate:
Add on $3,500.00 CDN / $2,995.00 USD per person (+ tax) for the second trip!

 

Please email us at tundra@thelon.com to obtain the detailed trip supplement for the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' expedition in PDF format


Click on map to enlarge and learn more

Our special caribou migration expeditions begin and end in Kuujjuaq Nunavik (northern Quebec). Kuujjuaq can be reached by daily jet flights 1500 km north of Montreal, Quebec Canada.

Click here to learn where we are - and how to get to us


Landing on the tundra of Nunavik at one of remote wildlife camps in 2014

We will start this unique wildllife adventure by boarding an aircraft at the remote northern Inuit settlement of Kuujjuaq Nunavik, and fly to the active area of the on-going summer caribou migration. We 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.


A powerboat on Ungava Bay in 2014 - some of the highest
tides in the world are found here


A 22' traditional freighter canoe in action during the 2015 caribou migration expedition - photo by Michel Hellman


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.


Caribou nearly miss the boat during the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' expedition! Click on photo to enlarge


A Great Summer Caribou camp - sandy areas nearby offer perfect den habitat for tundra wolves & fox. Photo by Tundra Tom

Once at one of our unique wildlife camps - situated at one of the last strongholds of healthy barrenground caribou herd populations remaining in the world, we typically offer comfortable shared cabin or tent-camp accommodations including sleeping tents with cots, dining & mobile shower facilities.

Click here to learn more about our wildlife camps, facilities & services



Caribou & Musk-ox meet during the caribou migration expedition in Nunavik. Photo copyright Rachel Kobernick. Click photo to enlarge


 

Check out our mini-movie on-line:

Summer caribou herd: dangerous water crossing

 

 

Photo copyright Chris Crowley - all rights reserved
A barrenground caribou cow & calf crossing a remote Arctic river during the summer caribou migration - click to enlarge


A caribou calf 'piggybacks' on its mothers back during a water crossing during the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' expedition.
Photo copyright Rachel Kobernick



  Through a series of techniques that includes aerial reconnaissance, satellite imagery, GPS positioning & traditional knowledge, we monitor the movements of the caribou herds, and then travel by boat or charter aircraft to meet them on their migratory route.

Beverly herd caribou cows & calves bunch in Nunavut / photo copyright Max Finkelstein

Caribou bunch on the run / photo courtesy Allicia Kelly

We 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.  

 


Check out our mini-movie on-line:

The great summer caribou migration

 

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

The Ungava Bay and Peninsula regions in Nunavik Canada are steeped in mystical Inuit heritage and ancient Viking archeaology. While on these special expeditions we will travel with the direct decendants of the Ungava Inuit, and have the opportunity to visit many sites of historical and spiritual significance.


Pamiok Island Norse site - copyright Michel Hellman. Click to enlarge

 

Check out this wonderful full length BBC documentary we helped organize,
fly and guide - which shows excellent footage of the wolf den cycle and the
great summer caribou migration

Caribou & Wolves - the Endless Dance

 

tundra white wolf stands guard over its den / photo copyright Eric Peterson

Gyfalcon feeding its young on its esker nest / photo courtesy Beverley Morris


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 we 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.

 

Caribou bull silloetted against the midnight sun twilight / photo copyright Steve Maka

 

Our 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.

Our 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.

 

Incredible wildlife opportunities, awesome tundra landscapes, ancient Inuit
and Viking history all come together to highlight this remarkable expedition
to one of the most remote wilderness locations on earth!


Please email us at tundra@thelon.com to obtain the detailed trip supplement for the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' expedition in PDF format

The 2016 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' Expeditions:
Two six-day Departures
Seats Left
Prices (Rates do not include 9% HST tax!)
July 28 - August 2, 2016
FULL

Single:
$5,450.00 CAD / $3,300.00 USD
Double:
$9,995.00 CAD / $6,800.00 USD
 
August 2-9, 2016
4

Single:
$5,450.00 CAD / $3,300.00 USD
Double:
$9,995.00 CAD / $6,800.00 USD



Click here to make your reservation on the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' expeditions!


The 2017 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' Expeditions:
Two six-day Departures
Seats Left
Prices (Rates do not include 9% HST tax!)
July 28 - August 2, 2017
7

Single: $5,450.00 CAD / $4,500.00 USD Double: $9,995.00 CAD / $8,300.00 USD
 
August 2-8, 2017
6

Single: $5,450.00 CAD / $4,500.00 USD Double: $9,995.00 CAD / $8,300.00 USD

A non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00 per person booked is required at time of registration

You also have the choice to combine two back-to-back trips of the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' expeditions at a reduced rate:
Add on $3,500.00 CDN / $2,995.00 USD per person (+ tax) for the second trip!

Please email us at tundra@thelon.com to obtain the detailed trip supplement for the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' expedition in PDF format

 

Check out what some of our clients had to say about this incredible adventure:

Photographer Christopher Crowley

Past client Chris Crowley had a magnificent experience on his Great Summer Caribou Migration trip. 
Click here or on photo to read Chris's on-line testimonial!  Chris had this to say about his trip with us:
 

"The circle of life is pretty small on the tundra. Caribou eat lichen. Almost everything else eats the caribou. Circles lie within circles. Every spring, large herds of caribou (Rangifer tarandus) migrate hundreds of miles northward to the calving grounds and return later in the summer. We watched as several groups of caribou, hundreds in each group, crossed a river. In places they swam, heads bobbing in the river. In shallower places they waded, stumbling on slick rocks. The calves had to hustle to keep up with the crossing adults. Once the herd reached land, however, they were all off and running with a rumbling of hooves oddly muted by the soft ground."  

2005 summer caribou migration: photo copyright Christopher Crowley
Great Summer Caribou Migration

 

Canadian Northern Lights 
Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism

Past client & Canadian Author Catherine Senecal won the prestigious Canadian Travel Commission's Northern Lights Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for best Internet Reporting. Well, Cathy's winning story was written about her trip with us on the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration'! Click here or on photo to read Catherine's' on-line article!  Catherine had this to say about her trip with us: 

"I loved the camp and being out on the barrens-I even love saying, "when I was out on the barrenlands" to people. It makes me sound so adventurous! The truth is your trip, camp and tour make this stunning land and its animals accessible to people willing to let their minds and spirits compel them to a place perhaps more wild and epiphanic than they could have predicted."


Canadian Journalist
Catherine Senecal

 


'Caribou & Wolves - 'The Deadly Dance'

Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures was proud to facilitate cinematographer Jeff Turner and crew of River Road Films to several wild wolf den sites, and to the Great Summer Caribou migration. Jeff got some awesome footage - with several grizzlies coming in to a remote water crossing to feed in several caribou that were stuck in the boulders of a creek crossing. During the spring of 2004, Jeff also got some quality wolf pup footage on the Thelon.  The wildlife documentary was aired in 2005 in the US on Animal Planet and in the UK on BBC2 on a series called 'The Natural World'. The full video is also now on U-Tube - click here or on photos to view. 

Jeff had this to say about his trips with us: 

"I have filmed wolves, caribou and grizzly bears in many areas of the Canadian Arctic over the past 15 years and I have to say that the barrenlnds is without a doubt the most beautiful piece of Arctic tundra I have ever experienced. It is a world class wilderness with some of the planets most spectacular scenery and wildlife that is hard if not impossible to see anywhere else. I know of no other place where you can go and watch wild wolves around their den. Wolves are one of the most difficult animals to get close to in the wild and Tom and his crew have been doing it here for years. That says a lot about their sensitivity and success as wildlife guides. Tom and his crew at Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures are ideally placed to give access to this wonderful landscape. There is no-one with more experience and knowledge of the area and they have setup a comfortable, warm and homey camp with good food and facilities in the middle of this wilderness. They live lightly on the land here trying always to keep the imprint of man to a minimum in this pristine place. I admire and appreciate the work they do and wish them much success in the future."

Jeff Turner
River Road Films
Princeton, BC, Canada

 

Click here to see a map of the caribou range in northern Canada

 

 

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