Box 1320, Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (QC), J0M 1C0, Canada
Phone: +608-370-5071 / Email
: tundra@thelon.com

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Our Most Notable Accomplishments

 

Beginning in 1972 and then carrying on over four decades to this day, our various tourism enterprises have channeled several millions of tourism revenue into the Canadian North. We are proud that we have done so in a manner that has taken little away from the land, barely depleting our natural resources; and leaving as little footprint as possible. Our highly ethical approach to tourism and land/water/resource use as we continue to play an instrumental role in the development of cultural & eco-tourism is notable.

Our ongoing lobbying for the protection of wildlife and critical wildlife areas in the Canadian Arctic & sub-Arctic has also afforded us much distinguished media attention & formal acknowledgments - which has also helped bring notable media coverage and credibility to northern tourism in Canada, and its many conservation issues.

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A list of our most notable media and guiding accomplishments over four decades of remote mainland Arctic field operations is as follows:


-1975-77: 
Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures (then Lynx Tundra Lodge) facilitated, guided & outfitted with watercraft
 Dr. Bryan Gordon and his family & team for his extensive archeological dig in the upper Thelon area.  This resulted with acknowledgments in the educational archeological book 'People of Sunlight-People of Starlight' [ISBN #0-660-15963-5}.

-1984:Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures (then East Wind) successfully organized, facilitated and guided with formal acknowledgments journalist Dave Nimmer of WCCO - affiliate of the CBS Evening News in Minneapolis, MN, USA for a five-part TV human-interest documentary on the Barrenlands, aired on CBS in March, 1985.

-1984: Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures (then East Wind) successfully guided author Dan Crapen, Sr., resulting with formal acknowledgment in his book 'Wilderness North' [ISBN #0-932985-00-9].

-1987: Commissioned by the Government of the NWT, Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures (then East Wind Arctic Tours) successfully organized, outfitted and led a special tour to the Thelon Sanctuary, Nahanni National Park and Wood Buffalo National Park for key members of the Canadian Consulate General, including the then Director General of External Affairs - Mr. Garrett Lambert.

-1989: In conjunction with the Prince Of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Great Canadian (then East Wind Arctic Tours) successfully organized, outfitted and guided the United Nations UNESCO team to Virginia Falls in Nahanni National Park.

-1989: We successfully organized, facilitated and guided TV producer Jerry McKinnis of ESPN, resulting in formal acknowledgment of the three-part TV program - 'The Fishin' Hole'.

-1989: We successfully initiated, organized, outfitted & guided with formal acknowledgment the first of three special Thelon Sanctuary biological research expeditions called 'Project Oasis' in conjunction with author David Pelly & biologist Judith Kennedy of the Canadian Wildlife Service.

-1990-91: We were formally recognized by the Canadian Green Consumer Guide as one of the top five environmentally-conscious tourism operators in Canada [ISBN not available].

-1990-91: We became affiliated with the World Wildlife Fund Canada, by donating 25.00 per client booked on all of our trips, and carried the WWF panda logo on our literature for two years.

-1991: We trained and outfitted Maxwell Finkelstein then of the federal Canadian Heritage River Secretariat for the Thelon River area, and then we successfully organized, outfitted the expedition that led into the Thelon Rivers' designation as a Canadian Heritage River.

-1991: We successfully organized, outfitted and guided Ontario film crew Eric & Brenda Beck with formal acknowledgment in the documentary film - 'When Time & Light Stand Still'.

-1994: We successfully facilitated, outfitted & guided author / photographer George Lepp with formal acknowledgment of the special Outdoor Photographer magazine article - 'Dance with the Caribou' [ISBN not available].

-1996: We successfully organized, guided and outfitted film producer John Howe from KUED-TV, an affiliate of PBS in Salt Lake City, Utah - resulting in production of & formal acknowledgment in the nature documentary 'The Snow Wolves', aired on PBS in the USA in 1997.

-1996: Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures successfully organized, guided and outfitted journalist Ted Keresote, editor of the 'Ecowatch' column in Sports Afield Magazine for a 3-week Thelon canoe expedition resulting in an article in the July 1997 issue. 

-1997: Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures successfully organized, guided and outfitted a California TV film crew resulting in formal acknowledgment in the program 'Wild Things TV'.

-1997: We successfully organized, guided and outfitted the (late) renowned author & nature photographer Galen Rowell on our 'Dance with Caribou' trips.  This resulted with photos and formal acknowledgment in the World Wildlife Fund tabletop book - 'The Living Planet' [ISBN #0-609-60466-X] (pages 142-145 inclusive).

-1998: By referral of some of our past clients - Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures was nominated and became a primary runner-up for the Conde Naste Ecotourism Award 1998.

-1999-2000: We successfully organized, guided and outfitted world-leading Photographer Art Wolfe, resulting with formal acknowledgment in the just released tabletop book - 'The Living Wild' [ISBN #0-9675918-0-5] (pages 79-81, 83, & 170)

-2000-01: We successfully organized, guided and outfitted Japanese writer Katsuyuki Tanaka - resulting in two major Japanese magazine articles about northern lights and autumn wildlife in Men's Ex magazine [ISBN #18677-12], and also for the Japanese equivalent of Newsweek magazine [ISBN not available].

-2000-01: We successfully organized, guided and outfitted the late author / writer Galen Rowell for his third trip with us, to obtain images for his new tabletop book: 'North America The Beautiful' [ISBN 1-56251-504-7] (Pages 286-293 inclusive).

-2000-01: We successfully organized, guided and outfitted Canadian author / writer Catherine Senecal to the summer caribou migration in the Thelon valley, resulting in two major publication articles published and released in the Michelin Press. Catherine Senecal then went on to win the prestigious 'Canadian Travel Commission's Northern Lights Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism' for best Internet Reporting, for  her article titled 'Tales of the Tundra: Exploring NW Canada'  published in the Specialty Travel Index

-2001: We again successfully organized, guided and outfitted renowned author & nature photographer (the late) Galen Rowell on our 'Dance with Caribou' trips.  This resulted with photos and formal acknowledgment in the hardcover book -''Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography; [ISBN #0-393-04985-X] (pages 172-179 inclusive).

-2001-02: We successfully organized, guided and outfitted author Alan Weisman & Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Jay Dickman for a two-week expedition to the Thelon, the NWT diamond fields & the native community of Lutsel K'e.  this expedition resulted in the feature magazine article 'Diamonds in the Wild' - as well as the editorial - published in the December 2001 issue of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. 

-2002-03:  Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures was nominated by client & Yukon Northerner Dr. Dave Simonson for the World Wildlife Fund International Arctic Programme Arctic Award for Linking Tourism and Conservation. The initial nomination was then backed up by other nomination letters from client/author Alan Weisman and client/photographer Lonnie Brock. 

-2003-04: We successfully organized, guided and outfitted Canadian author (the late) Courtney Milne for a two-week expedition to the upper Thelon area. This trip resulted in a feature magazine article 'Journey into the Thelon',  published in the March 2004 PhotoLife Magazine. 

-2003-04: Great Canadian successfully organized, guided and outfitted Canadian author & Photographer team Glen & Rebecca Grambo, resulted in a feature magazine article titled 'Autumn on the Barrengrounds', published in the 2003-2004 winter issue of Nature Canada magazine. 

-2004:  Great Canadian successfully organized, facilitated & guided George Archibald and 15 key members of the International Crane Foundation from the US on a special ten-day tour that included - in conjunction with Brian Johns of the Canadian Wildlife Service - the whooping crane nesting area in Wood Buffalo National Park, the Upper Thelon & the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary. 

-2003-04: We successfully organized, guided & outfitted Canadian Cinematographer Jeff Turner of River Roads Films, on several expeditions over 2003 and 2004 to gather footage for a major BBC nature documentary titled 'Caribou & Wolves - the Endless Dance' that was aired in the US on Animal Planet, and in the UK on BBC2 on a series called "The Natural World".

-2004:  Great Canadian successfully organized, facilitated & guided Annett Wolf of the Wolf Foundation of Copenhagen, Denmark to the upper Thelon for five weeks, which helped result in a research report titled 'The Future of the Tundra Wolves of the Thelon Basin'.

-2006: For the second time, Great Canadian successfully organized, facilitated & guided George Archibald and 14 key members of the International Crane Foundation from the US on a special ten-day tour that included - in conjunction with Brain Johns of the Canadian Wildlife Service - the whooping crane nesting area in Wood Buffalo National Park, the Upper Thelon & the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary. 

-2006: Great Canadian successfully organized, facilitated & guided free-lance writer Martin Zeilig on our Clarke-Thelon River Expediton, resulting in a feature article published in the Edmonton Journal in October 2006.

-2008: Great Canadian organized & facilitated renowned author/photographer Vincent Munier of France to the Thelon country for two weeks in the autumn of 2008, to start his project for a National Geographic article about the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary.

-2007: Great Canadian successfully organized, facilitated & guided photographer Steve Barger and several other clients to the Thelon region between 1999 & 2005, of which 26 photos including the cover photo grace the book titled 'Caribou and the North - a Shared Future'.

-2010: On his second trip with us, Great Canadian successfully organized, facilitated & guided free-lance writer Martin Zeilig on our 'Caribou, Autumn Colours & Aurora' Expedition to Chesterfield Inlet in Nunavut, which resulted in a feature travel article titled Dancing with Caribou on the Treeless Plain, published in the Winnipeg Free Press in May, 2010.

-2011: After providing logistical insight and advice, 'Tundra Tom' was included as a character in a new fiction book: 'Jesse & Cash and the Skeletons Stash', about the Thelon River and the NWT; written by US author Nancy Bjornson.

-2012: Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures again assisted Canadian filmmaker Jeff Turner of River Road Films with logistics consulting for an upcoming BBC documentary on the caribou calving grounds - details yet to be announced.

-2012: On his third trip with us, Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures successfully organized, facilitated & guided free-lance journalist Martin Zeilig on our 'Caribou, Autumn Colours & Aurora' Expedition to Northern Labrador, which resulted in two feature articles titled
published in the St John's Telegram newspaper
in November 2012.

-2014: Great Canadian organized, facilitated & guided photographer/journalist team Andrea & Antoinella Ferrari on an autumn caribou, northern lights and musk-ox expedition in Nunavik, Canada, for an upcoming article currently in production and to be published in the on-line magazine Anima Mundi in the winter of 2015-2016, details to be announced.

-2015: Great Canadian organized, facilitated & guided cinematographer team Bob Daly & Adam Vautour of Arcadia Entertainment from Halifax, on our 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' and 'Mingle with Musk-ox' expeditions in Nunavik Canada. This footage will be part of a upcoming series called 'Animal Empires' currently in production - details to be announced.

-2015: Great Canadian organized, facilitated & guided east coast USA photographer Dr. Stephen Fielding for a summer musk-ox expedition on the Nunavik tundra, resulting in a recent on-line blog series, and also in a new book currently in production, to be released in 2016 - details to be announced.

-2015: Great Canadian organized, facilitated & guided cinematographer team of Allan Code, Michael Code & Adam Ravetch from Nah Ho Productions & White Pine Pictures for musk-oxen footage on the remote tundra of Nunavik Canada, as part of a new mini-documentary series called 'Arctic Secrets' currently airing on Fridays on the 'Love Nature' channel.

-2015: Great Canadian organized, facilitated & guided Australian phototgrapher/journalist Stan Davis for a special musk-oxen expedition on the barrenlands of Nunavik for an upcoming arcticle - details to be announced.

-2015-16:
Great Canadian organized, facilitated & guided Canadian phototgrapher/journalist Isabelle Dubois for a special musk-oxen expedition on the barrenlands of Nunavik resulting in her 2016 arcticle 'Umimmait - Up Close & Personal with Muskoxen' - published in Above & Beyond Magazine in June 2016.

-2015-16: Great Canadian organized, facilitated & US guided cinematographer Beth Davidow for an autumn musk-ox film shoot on the tundra for an upcoming documentary currently in production - details yet to be announced.

-2016: Great Canadian organized, facilitated & guided east coast USA photographer Dr. Stephen Fielding for a summer musk-ox expedition on the Nunavik tundra, resulting in a in a new book titled 'Nunavik - A Photo Essay', that was released in July 2016.

-2016: Great Canadian organized, facilitated & guided cinematographers Stephen Chung & Sam Pryse-Phillips for a special encounter with the summer caribou migration on the Nunavik tundra, resulting in special footage that will be included in the Sesqui Project, slated to travel across Canadan in 2017. SESQUI is a touring, immersive media experience that will be reaching Canadians through live and digital experiences as we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

-2017: Great Canadian organized, facilitated & guided National Geographic to the remote shores of James Bay in Northern Quebec, to film an episode of 'Primal Survivor' with Hazen Ardel. This special film expedition was specifically set up to encounter caribou of the Leaf River Herd at their wintering grounds, and includes special footage of traditional aborginal immersion with James Bay Cree elders. This film is scheduled to be aired in 2017 - specific time to be announced.

 

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