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

About our Wildlife Camps & Field Accommodations

The caribou herds of the mainland Far North of Canada are migratory animals. Their varied and often inconsistent movements across the tundra plains from season to season is critical for most other wildlife as well: wolves, fox, wolverine & birds-of-prey all follow, den, roost & hunt directly in rhythm to the movements of the caribou.

Caribou cows & calves of the Ahiak herd crossing a tundra river in Nunavut during teh summer caribou migration / photo copyright Chris Crowley

The key to our success with unique and often close-up wildlife encounters for enthusiasts, photographers & film crews is our first-hand knowledge as to where the wolves, musk-oxen herds and caribou are at any given time; and then our ability to launch quickly to access those areas of wildlife activity. Thus our first-rate mobile and efficent tent camps - combined with aircraft and watercraft - allow us the flexibility to move to where the animals are.


A musk-oxen herd approaches the wildlife camp during a 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' trip.


Our wildlife camps are situated in the vast & wild region of Nunavik in far northern Canada - however the exact camp locations are dependent on where the animals are from season to season. We never know until just a few weeks before the trips start exactly on which range the musk-oxen herds are grazing, where the wolves are digging their dens, or on which routes the caribou are migrating.


Arrival at the 2016 Musk-ox, Autumn Colors & Aurora camp in Nunavik Canada


The 2016 Musk-ox, Autumn Colors & Aurora camp in Nunavik Canada

Clicking on any of the photos will link direct to the specific trip webpage for which wildlife expedition it was set up for.


A beautiful evening at the 2016 Musk-ox, Autumn Colors & Aurora camp in Nunavik Canada

Because we need to be versatile and mobile to offer the best chances to successfully deliver quality wildlife exposures, we do not offer a definite accommodation 'promise' in advance for any of our wildlife expeditions. Regardless, you can be assured that our camps are always very comfortable, and set up with the some of best equipment on the market.


Our 2015 & 2016 'Search for the Legendary Tundra Wolves' camp in the Ungava region of Nunavik Canada

When we are not using existing facilties, then sleeping quarters are usually in quality Cabellas outfitter tents. At smaller spike camps we use Cabella's or similar quality ground tents and mobile kitchen set-ups. All of our high quality tents can weather the Arctic & sub-Arctic storms. 


The 2016' Polar Bears, Musk-ox, Icebergs & Seals' wildlife camp along Ungava Bay in Nunavik Canada


Loaing the boat for a days cruising for wildlife on the Polar Bears, Musk-ox, Icebergs & Seals' expedition in Nunavik Canada


Discussing the days gameplan at the wildlife camp near Ungava Bay in Nunavik


The 2016 wildlife camp for the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' on the Ungava Peninsula in Nunavik


Caribou emerging next to the boat on the 2016 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' in Nunavik


Coming in for landing at the 2015 'Muskox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' wildlife camp in Nunavik Canada


The 2015 autumn musk-ox camp near the coast of Ungava Bay in Nunavik Canada


Our 2015 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' fly-in tent camp kitchen tent in Nunavik Canada

If the wildlife we are seeking are near an area where we can use larger aircraft for the charter flights, then we are able to carry in larger camp equipment – this includes large outfitter tents in which we sleep two persons per tent. The sleeping tents come complete with cots, rugs, and if needed - heaters. We then set up another big tent as the kitchen. These tents are what we prefer to use: they are of very good quality, stand up in strong winds; people can stand up in them fully fully erect.


a two-person private sleeping tent for couples at the 2015 autumn muskox willdife camp


Our 2015 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' wildlife camp in Nunavik Canada


Our 2015 'Mingle with Musk-ox' fly-in tent camp in Nunavik Canada


Our 2014 'Search for the Legendary Tundra Wolves' & inland 'Mingle with Muskox' camp


Our 2014 wildlife camp in Nunavik Canada for the 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' Expeditions


Our 2013 & 2014 coastal wildlife camp on Ungava Bay for the 'Mingle with Muskox' expeditions in Nunavik, Canada


Our 2013 wildlife camp in Nunavik, Canada for the 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' Expeditions


Our 2013 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' and 'Wolves' camp in Nunavik, Canada

If the wildlife we are seeking are located at an area that only has limited access such as small float planes or helicopter only, then we sometimes set up a ground tent camp where two people share a small tent and sleep on the ground with camping mattresses.

An overnight spike camp set up for the Great Summer Caribou Migration in Nunavut - photo copyright Eric Peterson
An overnight spike camp set up for the 2004 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' - photo copyright Eric Peterson


A portable and mobile spike camp set up along the river in 2004 - photo copyright Jim Allen

At the most of the camps we offer a portable shower and central washhouse facility. Due the permafrost (permanently frozen ground) and for obvious minimum-impact reasons, usually toilets are of the outdoor latrine (outhouse) variety. 


Musk-oxen lining up to use the outhouse? Taken on our 'Mingle with Muskox' trip - copyright Barry Girard


The 'Muskox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' wildlife camp in Labrador in 2011 & 2012

Sometimes we locate the animals and then set up high quality tent camps, however on occasion we are able to use existing facilities when available.


'Muskox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' wildlife camp in 2011 & 2012

Our unique high quality mobile wilderness camps are designed to offer excellent photographic & wildlife-viewing opportunities while encountering animals in their natural habitat in the true wilderness.

'Dance with Caribou' wildlife basecamp near Chesterfield Inlet Nunavut in 2009 - click to enlarge photo - copyright Barry Girard - all rights reserved
'Muskox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' wildlife tent camp in Nunavut in 2009 & 2010 - click photo to enlarge

'Dance with Caribou' wildlife basecamp near Chesterfield Inlet Nunavut in 2009 - click to enlarge photo / photo copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved
'Muskox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' wildlife tent camp in Nunavut 2009 & 2010 - click photo to enlarge

The camp dining room on Dance with Caribou 2009 / photo by Tundra Tom

Enjoying the camp library on Dance with Caribou 2009 / photo by Ron Burmeister

A heated tent-frame mobile kitchen tent set-up on our 2009 & 2010 ''Muskox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' trips

We offer only small-group camps:

We accommodate only 6-8 guests on most wildlife trips, and up to 12 for special functions.

Basecamp for the Wolves & Great Summer Caribou Migration expedition in Nunavut during 2009 / photo by Tundra Tom
Basecamp for the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' expedition in Nunavut during 2009


The kitchen at the 'Dance with Wolves' & 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' camp in 2009

Dining at the Wolves & Summer Caribou wildlife camp in 2009
A Cabellas mobile kitchen tent set-up on our 2010 'Wolves' trip

Landing in a Dehaviland Beaver along the camp esker at one of the Dance with Wolves wildlife camp on the Thelon in 2006
Landing at the camp - Photo copyright Martin Zeilig

Transportation to our wildlife camps often require a 50-300 km charter boat or aircraft flight from the designated access community: the cost of which is included in our packages. 

We've been doing this a long time!  A Great Canadian wildilfe spike camp at an  active caribou crossing on the southern barrengrounds in 1992 / photo copyright Robert Taylor
A Great Canadian wildilfe camp set up at an active caribou crossing on the southern barrenlands / copyright Robert Taylor

A bull caribou grazing in autumn colours amidst the tents in the camp yard - we call these fearless characters 'yardboo! / Photo copyright Larry Bowman
A bull caribou grazing in autumn colours amidst the tents in the camp yard - we call these fearless characters 'yardboo!

Our special camps are often situated on active wildlife water crossings where - depending on the time of season - is important range for tundra wolves during the den cycle, musk-oxen, migrating caribou herds, nesting raptors & waterfowl. Often caribou, musk-oxen and wild wolves venture right into the camp yards! 

 

Weatherport Quonset sleeping unit on Dance with Caribou trip in 2000 / Photo copyright Galen Rowell / Mountain Light Photography

Evening Quonsets along the still-frozen lake during the wolves trips in June 2003  / photo copyright Allicia Kelly

A 40 lb lake trout

 

We offer services & facilities that make these first-rate tent camps to be sure!  Healthy and abundant campfire-style meals are served daily. At most camps we provide a central 'gathering room & library' - a comfortable relaxing area for waiting out the weather, meeting & chatting with fellow clients, or for just sitting and reading from our rich northern library.

Photos above and below are of the main wildlife basecamp that we set up and operated on the NWT barrenlands from 1981-2007.

Dining on the Thelon during Dance with Wolves & Summer Caribou Migration 2007 / Photo by Tundra Tom
Dining at camp during 'Dance with Wolves' & 'Summer Caribou Migration' tours.

A Great Canadian wildlife spike camp set up for the autumn caribou in 1993 / photo copyright Dr. Wayne Lynch
A spike camp set up on the southern barrenlands for a ''Caribou, Autumn Colours & Aurora' trip in 1992

We whip up some great food in our camp kitchens!
Spike camp along the Thelon River in Nunavut in 2005

Scoping for willdife in Nunavut

Many times in the past, caribou and other wildlife have been visible from the dining room while you sit and eat - and attending photographers are recommended to keep their tripods sitting close by to be ready all the time for photo opportunities!

 

A Great Canadian wildlife camp from the air in 2002

A screened gathering tent along the central Thelon River in Nunavut in 2005 / photo copyright Jim Allen

Circling a Great Canadian wildilfe camp before landing in 2006 / photo coyright Julie Yamaguchi
'Dance with Wolves' wildlife basecamp set up near the
tree-line on the southern barrenlands during 2007

Lots of fresh air lead to a good nights sleeping!

Inside the sleeping Quonsets:  thick foamie matresses, rugs, gas lights &  heaters are inside each unit / photo copyright Michael H. Francis

Comfort in the Quonsets

Communications with the 'outside world' are kept by satellite telephones - several of which are kept at the camps & outposts, in the boats on longer lake trips, and in the aircraft. 

With a combination of portable generators, solar panels & wind generators, our primary camps have power available for a 24-hour camera battery & satellite phone charging station, video / DVD viewing capabilities, and at some camps; satellite internet capabilities.

Often motorized boats or canoes are kept at the camps and placed on the field in strategic locations for fishing and wildlife encounters - and provide access to other wildlife areas.

Beaver C-FZVR at the camp / photo copyright Michael H. Francis One of several powerboats at the camps for fishing, and wildlife cruising along the lakeshore / photo copyright Terry Elliott

 

pontoon boat

 

Touring kayaks The most favorite meeting place in camp - the evening campfire during northern llghts watch!  Crusing the tundra lake in the pontoon boat

A variety of other quality expedition equipment is usually kept on site at most camps including boats & motors, expedition tents, canoes and mobile kitchens / cooking kits / equipment for 'spike camp' use.

 

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