Wildlife viewing has long been one of the pinnacles of adventure travel. Between African safaris and Churchill polar bear trips, whale-watching and birdwatching, many of the world’s greatest adventures revolve around nature and her glorious creatures!
This trip to Nunavik in northern Quebec, Canada offers a true once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience. While many people are familiar with the annual Great Migration in East Africa’s Serengeti and Masai Mara reserves, there’s another migration in our own backyard that is just as remarkable and that I highly recommend you consider seeing this summer, or next, or the one after that!
Each year, thousands of barren-ground caribou make a long trek from the treeline to the calving grounds of the Arctic tundra. The Leaf River caribou herd is the largest herd of caribou remaining in Canada, and the sight of their vast numbers on the move has been called the last great wildlife spectacle in North America.
Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures monitor the movement of the herd, and set up a campsite near one of the main southbound migratory routes to ensure a fantastic wildlife viewing experience! Participants fly 1,500 kilometres north from Montreal to the town of Kuujjuaq in Nunavik, from where they fly by smaller aircraft to a coastal airstrip on the Ungava Peninsula. The final 50- to 100-kilometre journey is made with Inuit guides by traditional (but powered) freighter canoe, up a remote Arctic river to a campsite near an active caribou river crossing point.In addition to the caribou, there’s a good chance of spotting wolves, foxes, birdlife and herds of musk-oxen. Local guides may also share Inuit archaeological sites.
Accommodation is in large tents with cots and shower facilities. All meals are provided, and guides are local Inuit and experienced wildlife professionals. Groups are kept to a maximum of eight people, and participants should expect to hike perhaps two to four hours some days for optimal wildlife viewing and photographing opportunities.
But that’s a small price to pay for this fantastic experience. We’ve said this before but it bears repeating: Team Outpost has been on expedition to Nunavik and we can’t say enough about the place and its people! To read our story, click here.
GREAT CANADIAN WILDLIFE ADVENTURES
- Phone: 608-370-5071
- Length/Departs: 7 days/Aug. 2018
- Accommodation: Wild camping
- Starting Price: $5,950
- Easy to moderate, with a level of fitness required
- By Simon Vaughan, Senior Editor/Special Travel Advisor for Outpost Travel Media