Box 1320, Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (QC), J0M 1C0, Canada
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Mingle with Musk-ox!

Designed for those already in Kuujjuaq, or as an add-on to our main wildife tours - travel with us for 2-4 days on a hut-to-hut boating and hiking trip down the Koksoak River in Nunavik Canada. Encounter musk-ox herds, fox dens, seals, shorebirds, birds-of-prey and Inuit historical & archaeological sites!


A client watches over a 32-head musk-oxen herd along Ungava Bay, Nunavik. © Matilde Toscani - all rights reserved.

 


Kuujjuaq and the Koksoak River in Nunavik Canada

Depending on the length of the trip you choose, we will travel by boat 20-50 kilometers down the Koksoak River to near the seacoast of Ungava Bay, staying at comfortable cabins enroute.

 

 

Departing from the Inuit settlement of Kuujjuaq, we will follow the Koksoak River northward by boat to stay at a series of remote cabins. We will spend one to three nights along the river and coast in this beautful wilderness area rich with animals, birdlife, Inuit history - and musk-ox herds!

 

 


© 2017 Mariela Urra Schiaffino

© 2016 Mariela Urra Schiaffino

 

 

Depending on the size of the group, we will travel by traditional Inuit freighter canoes, or by cabin cruiser boats.

 


Photo by Tundra Tom


After traveling approximately 15 km along a very historical and beautiful section of the Koksoak River, on the first night we will stay at a comfortable Inuit family cabin in an area that has frequent musk-ox sightings. With smaller groups of 2-4 we will sleep in the cabins: With larger groups we will additionally set up some comfortable sleeping tents complete with cots, pads, rugs and warm sleeping bags - tents that are large enough to stand up in.


© 2016 Ned Shimizu


© 2017 Allen Gordon

On day two we will either head back to Kuujjuaq, or continue another 20 km north and leave the fringe of boreal forests behind us and enter the remote coastal tundra region near Ungava Bay. Bearded seals are often spotted along this section as well as nests and roosts for birds-of-prey such as osprey and golden eagles. The newly built cabins here are very comfortable, and should you chose to get the appropriate fishing licenses, offers excellent fishing for Atlantic salmon right out the doorstep!

From here we will either head back up river to Kuujjuaq on the two night package; or (weather, tides and sea conditions permitting) continue northwestward and leave the Koksoak River behind. We will then follow the Ungava Bay coastline another 10 km to a comfortable cabin at Dry Bay right on the coastline overlooking Ungava Bay - a traditional mussel gathering spot for the Inuit, and an area also rich with musk-ox, fox and wolves.


© 2016 Allen Gordon



© 2017 Mariela Urra Schiaffino


© 2017 Mariela Urra Schiaffino

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All of our special 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 on photo to check out this great film clip taken by clients during the 2014 'Mingle with Muskox' expedition along Ungava Bay in Nunavik Canada!



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Musk-ox bulls 'chatting' near the wildlife camp on Ungava Bay.
©
Ingrid Liem - all rights reserved

The area is home to large resident musk-oxen herds that live here, graze and mate in this remote tundra area year-round. Encounters with these shaggy prehistoric beasts on these trips are a pretty sure thing!

 

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2018 Mingle with Musk-ox Expeditions

$ 950.00 CAD / $760.00 USD per person per night + tax

 

A non-refundable deposit of $200.00 per person per night booked is required at time of registration

It takes a minimum of two persons to launch this trip at the above per-person rate.
We only accept a maximum of 8 persons + field staff on this expedition
.

Click here to make your reservation on the 'Mingle with Musk-ox' expeditions!

Small-group private trips or customized departure dates can be arranged by request.


A curious musk-oxen herd at the 'Mingle with Musk-ox' camp in Nunavik, Canada / © Carlos Carreno - all right reserved

 

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An Inuit tent-ring / © Wendy Broekx
Historically an important hunting, fishing and travel route for the Ungava Inuit people, many archeaological and historical aboriginal sites are discovered along the entire shoreline of of the Koksoak River and Ungava Bay.
Wwe will spend a wonderful two-four days exploring the beautiful remote countryside for musk-oxen, shorebirds, wild wolves, active fox dens; plus visit numerous sites of remarkable Inuit history and archaeology.


© Wendy Broekx - Click on photo to enlarge


© 2016 Ned Shimizu
While on the field, abundant 'campfire style' northern meals are prepared daily by our trips leaders, and served in the cabins. Sleeping accommodations are on comfortable cots with super warm sleeping bags.


Mystical evening moon and rising mist near Ungava Bay in Nunavik /
photo copyright Carlos Carreno - all rights reserved

Other wildlife that are occassionally encountered on these special 'Mingle with Musk-ox' trips include tundra wolves, Arctic and cross-fox, black bear, birds-of-prey and migratory waterfowl. Fishing is spectacular in the area for sea-run Atlantic salmon!


© 2016 Ned Shimizu


© 2016 Mariela Urra Schiaffino


© 2017 Mariela Urra Schiaffino

A variety of rich birdlife including shorebirds, waterfowl, geese and birds-of-prey are frequently encountered on this special musk-ox trip including peregrine & gyrfalcon, rough-legged hawk, two species of loon, osprey, snowy & great horned owls, and much more! A complete bird checklist is supplied to all our attending customers on this trip.

First-light photography along one of the many streams running into the Ungava Bay coastline / photo copyright by Bob Costall - all rights reserved

Wild wolves, black bear and fox sometimes wander through and den in the area.

Above left: An arctic wolf on a tundra hillside - photo copyright Eric Peterson. Above right: Black bear sow & cubs on the barrrens - photo copyright Nestor Lewyckyj


© 2016 Mariela Urra Schiaffino


Lupin & fireweed in bloom on the tundra -
photo copyright David Welbourne - all rights reserved

During the spring and summer period, participants on the 'Mingle with Musk-ox' trips will often encounter beautful Arctic flower bloom, a variety of tundra greenery, nesting shorebirds, owls, molting waterfowl and nesting birds of prey...

 

 

Above left: boreal owls near the tree-line- photo copyright Art Wolfe / Above center: A plover chick on the tundra - photo copyright Bill Mullins // Above right: Grycfalcons nest in an esker tree on the tundra - photo copyright Eric Peterson
During the autumn period starting in mid-September, the Koksoak river valley and surrounding hills become a beautiful golden paradise as the dwarf birch, bearberry bushes and tamarack trees become a riot of colors. Northern lights are also eminent during the late summer and fall period.


© 2017 Rina Ansell



© 2012 Nestor Lewyckyj


© 2016 Mariela Urra Schiaffino

Our knowledgable guides, trip leaders & staff will often share many of incredible 'stories of 'old', heard directly from the people whose ancestors inhabited these remote and harsh Arctic lands for centuries...

Here in this extraordinarily beautiful and remote Arctic region, you will be able to experience a great peace and renewal of personal 'spirit' that can only be connected within true wilderness, and by sharing that experience with the people who are deeply linked to the land by thier extensive ancestory and day-to-day lives - the Inuit of Ungava.


Click here to make your reservation on the 'Mingle with Musk-ox' expeditions!

Email us at tundra@thelon.com to request the detailed trip PDF for the 'Mingle with Musk-ox' trips

 

2018 Mingle with Musk-ox Expeditions

$ 950.00 CAD / $760.00 USD per person per night + tax

 

A non-refundable deposit of $200.00 per person per night booked is required at time of registration

It takes a minimum of two persons to launch this trip at the above per-person rate.
We only accept a maximum of 8 persons + field staff on this expedition
.

Click here to make your reservation on the 'Mingle with Musk-ox' expeditions!

Small-group private trips or customized departure dates can be arranged by request.


Click here to learn more about our special autumn musk-ox & northern lights expeditions!

 

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