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Caribou On The Move
Photo copyright Murray & Marcelle Douglas - all rights reserved

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This awesome photo of caribou bulls and cows gathering for a river water crossing was taken by clients Murray & Marcelle Douglas on the Ungava Peninsula in Nunavik Canada. During late July to mid-August each year, the caribou of the Leaf River herd migrate south from their calving grounds to intercept the bulls near the tree-line. During this period the cows & calves will occasionally swell into what is known as 'bunches' - often at water crossings, and then dissipate again. This cycle continues over a two to three week period. Once the bull caribou are met the animals spread out and graze in small groups in the late summer migratory lull, while they feed and build up fat stores to endure the upcoming winter and mating period. As caribou herds are rapidly dwindling in numbers across the north, the immense 200,000 strong Leaf River herd in the Nunavik region in Canada still offers one of the best chances to experience this incredible wildlife phenomona.

"We had over 500 caribou come through the camp on the evening that this photo was taken on the Leaf River.
It was an amazing experience to have these animals walking within about 10 metres of our tent and being
inquisitive rather than afraid. We sat on the bank and watched them swimming the river below us. The following
day we paddled around groups swimming the river as we carried on down. This trip was an amazing
experience for Marcelle and I..."

- Murray Douglas / Whangarei, New Zealand

Click her to visit Murray Douglas's photo essay and trip review of his travels with us in Canada's Far North



The 2016 Great Summer Caribou Migration

Check out this fantastic new video footage filmed in August 2016 by cinematographer Beth Davidow on the remote Ungava Peninsula in Nunavik Canada. Click photo to see the short video!


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!


Trips on which we offer encounters with the great caribou migration in Canada's Far North include:

- The Great Summer Caribou Migration

- The Leaf River Canoe Expedition

- Winter caribou & the James Bay Cree



Click here to view a map of the range of the Leaf River Caribou Herd in Nunavik, Canada



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