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

Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora

Travel with Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures to the remote wilderness of Nunavik in Canada’s Far North to see musk-ox herds during the mating period, migrating waterfowl, beautiful autumn colours - and fantastic displays of northern lights!

All photos on this webpage have been taken by our clients and trip leaders while attending our expeditions at our various wildlife locations in northern Canada


A single musk-ox bull grazes and observes us in a sea of deep autumn colour - photo copyright Glen & Rebecca Grambo - all rights reserved

The autumn period on the remote tundra of Canada's Far North briefly offers one of the most spectacular & magical displays of wildlife, colours, clarity and light to be seen anywhere on the planet...


Beautiful aurora borealis reflecting off the water at our 2015 muskox camp in Nunavik, Canada. Photo copyright Andrew Blomfield - all rights reserved


A musk-oxen herd grazes below a cliff on the barrenlands in Canada's Far North. Photo copyright Horst Baender - all rights reserved

During this time of year musk-oxen gather into larger herds for their mating rituals, and are often easy to locate and approach. Hours can be spent watching these beautiful pre-historic animals in full winter pelage graze, mill, lay around and feign with the herd bull. Often all this activity occurs in incredible backdrops of autumn colour!

Click photo to check out this awesome new video clip of two musk-ox bulls challenging each other on the Nunavik tundra! Filmed by client / cinematographer Beth Davidow in September 2015


Curious musk-oxen in autumn colours - photo copyright Craig Duncan

 



Musk-oxen graze and rest on a tundra hillside - Click to enlarge
photo copyright Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved.

 

Aurora Borealis and the big dipper / photo copyright Scott Schrader - click to enlarge!
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aurora & sunset - photo copyright Steve Maka - all rights reserved

Often on clear nights the aurora borealis dance and weave intricate and colorful patterns across the Arctic skies! The clarity of the atmosphere here offers a rare glimpse of raw wilderness afforded only to a lucky few - and the time of season offers a very special period that represents nature's power in a truly magical way...

This one-of-a-kind photo of caribou bulls cresting a tundra ridge in a moonlit backdrop of aurora borealis was taken by photographer David C. Olson on a 'Caribou, Autumn Colours & Aurora' tour to northern Canada - click to enlarge photo
caribou & aurora borealis - click photo to enlarge

Northern lights & caribou antlers - photo copyright Horst Baender - all rights reserved
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Northern lights dance over a wildlife spike camp in Canada's Far North / photo copyright David C. Olson - click to enlarge!

As the low-bush bearberry & cranberry turn fire red, and the dwarf birch and willows evolve to displays of brilliant orange, yellows and gold, the riot of autumn colours are truly beautiful!

 

Dwarf birch stem in full autumn colour / photo copyright Courtney Milne

Esker landscape in full autumn colours / photo copyright Dave Rivers

Dwarf birch and Arctic willow in a riot of color / photo copyright Julie Yamaguchi

Autumn colours on the camp esker /  copyright Galen Rowell - Mountain Light Photography

 

To join our special autumn musk-ox viewing trips, you must make your way 1500 km north on a daily jet flight from Montreal to the remote northern Inuit settlement of Kuujjuaq Nunavik (northern Quebec). Click on map to enlarge and learn more details.


Click here to learn more about where we are - and how to get to us



Click here for more detailed map information of the musk-oxen range in northern Canada

 

Email us to request the detailed trip supplement PDF for the 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' expeditions


Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora 2017

Three Departure Dates:

Seats Left

PRICES: (Rates do not include HST tax)

August 24-29, 2017
2

Single: $4,995.00 CAD $3,800.00 USD
Double: $9,000.00 CAD  $7,000.00 USD

 
August 29 - September 3, 2017
FULL

Single: $4,995.00 CAD $3,800.00 USD
Double: $9,000.00 CAD  $7,000.00 USD

 
September 3-8, 2017
4

 

Single: $4,995.00 CAD $3,800.00 USD
Double: $9,000.00 CAD  $7,000.00 USD

 

A non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00 per person per week booked is required at time of registration.

You also have the choice to combine two of the Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora trips back-to-back at a reduced rate: Add on $3,500.00 CDN / $2,800.00 USD per person

Click here to make your reservation on the 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' expeditions!

Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora 2017

Three Departure Dates: Seats Left

PRICES: (Rates do not include HST tax)

August 24-29, 2018 5
Single: $4,995.00 CAD / $3,800.00 USD
Double: $9,000.00 CAD / $7,000.00 USD

August 29 - September 3, 2018 4

Single: $4,995.00 CAD / $3,800.00 USD
Double: $9,000.00 CAD / $7,000.00 USD

 
September 3-8, 2018 8
Single: $4,995.00 CAD / $3,800.00 USD
Double: $9,000.00 CAD / $7,000.00 USD

A non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00 per person per week booked is required at time of registration

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

Email us to request the detailed trip supplement PDF for the 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' expeditions


Click here to make your reservation on the 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' expeditions!


And then off we go! - clients quietly watching over a grazing musk-oxen herd in 2015... pretty soon they moved in closer to check us out!


Two bull musk-ox 'face off' during the 2015 'Muskox, Autumn Colors & Aurora' expedition - photo by trip leader Thomas Groening - click photo to enlarge!

About the 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' Expeditions:

Far and away or most popular wildlife trip - join us this early autumn on a comfortable, guided and catered photo expedition to the remote mainland Arctic tundra of Nunavik in northern Canada!

These are small-group expeditions - we only accommodate six-eight clients plus field staff on most of our trips!


A photo group at the musk-ox camp - copyright 2016 Mariela Urra

We will start this special wildlife expedition with a 50-300 km aircraft charter flight (usually in floatplanes) from the Inuit community of Kuujjuaq out to a camp on the remote Nunavik tundra, inland from Ungava Bay.


Coming in for a landing at the 2015 autumn musk-ox camp in Nunavik Canada. Photo copyright Beth Davidow - all rights reserved


A floatplane unloads at the 2016 autumn musk-ox camp in Nunavik / Photo copyright 2016 Mariela Urra - all rights reserved

Once there you will be met by our the trip leaders and field staff. A comfortable camp awaits you with with large stand-up sleeping tents complete with cots, rugs and heaters. The heated kitchen tent serves scrumptious and abundant meals daily. Also are site are watercraft, satellite communications and emergency equipment. Depending on exactly where the musk-oxen herds are each fall, sometimes we are able to use existing cabin facilities.


The 2015 autumn musk-ox camp near the coast of Ungava Bay in Nunavik Canada. Photo copyright Thomas Groening - all rights reserved

Once at the wildlife camp we typically offer comfortable & catered tent-camp or cabin accommodations including quality sleeping quarters for 2-4 persons, plus dining & shower facilities.

Dining in the camp kitchen at the 2015 musk-ox camp - awesome hot meals await every day!

Click here to learn more about our wildlife camps, facilities and field services


The 2014 autumn wildlife camp in Nunavik

The 2013 autumn caribou photo camp - copyright Ingrid Liem: all rights reserved
The 2013 autumn wildlife camp in Nunavik Canada


The 2011 & 2012 autumn wildlife viewing camp in Labrador


The 2009 & 2010 autumn wildlife viewing camp in Chesterfield Inlet

Click here for more detailed map information of the musk-oxen range in Nunavik Canada

Depending on the site, we also provide an array of equipment on site such as boats, canoes and camping equipment to enhance the expeditions; to explore new areas and to seek out aboriginal archaeological sites and wildlife. Occassionally we are able to utelize existing facilities when they are available near the area to which we are operating, which can vary from season to season.

camp beach /  photo copyright 2004 by Julie Yamaguchi
The 1994-2007 wildlife viewing camp


Click here to learn more about our wildlife camps, facilities & field services

Click here to learn where we are - and how to get to us

 

 


On occasion we set up and offer ground tent 'spike camps' to maximize wildlife viewing, and to explore new areas.


 

Other wild animals will sometimes grace us with their presence on these special autumn musk-ox trips including fox, migrating caribou, beavers, martin, weasels and wild wolves!

 

Click to enlarge: Air Thelon beaver aircraft C-FZVR along with a bull barrenland caribou in a rich backdrop of autumn colour / photo copyright Galen Rowell - all rights reserved
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A flock of rock ptarmigan alight form the low birch and willow bushes on the tundra
Rock ptarmigan flock alighting from the tundra bushes on an autumn wildlife trip

Rock & willow ptarmigan will often alight in a rush from the low bushes. The autumn skies are often filled
with migratory waterfowl that sometimes lit on the nearby lake and local ponds for a nights rest before
resuming their long migratory flights south.


Willow ptarmigan cackling on a autumn trip:
photo copyright Carlos Carreno - all right reserved

Gees headed south over the autumn caribou camp / photo copyright Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved
Snow and blue geese mixed flying southbound in formation during an
autumn trip: photo copyright Wendy Broekx - all rights reserved

 

We offer a one-week trip on the 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' expeditions, and on certain departures offer the option to extend to a two-week trip at a reduced rate. Once at the camp, we offer a choice of escorted programs that include wildlife encounters, native & natural history, and intriguing Inuit archaeology.

 

Click here to request the detailed trip supplement PDF for the 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' trips

Misty morning over the esker kettles / copyright Galen Rowell - Mountain Light Photography

 

The Canadian tundra is hauntingly beautiful during the autumn -

like nowhere else on earth...

Thelon Gold: bull caribou silloetted in the morning light of the Thelon / photo copyright Jay Dickman
Caribou Gold: click to enlarge photo

 

Esker pond in autumn colour / copyright Terry Elliott - Savage Island Photography

Aurora seemingly emulating from a musk-oxen skull / copyright Dennis Fast - all rights reserved

 

And the sunsets & northern lights - well - they are truly amazing up here!

Sunset over Thelon / copyright Terry Elliott - Savage Island Photography

Sunset and musk-ox skull on Dance wth Caribou trip /  copyright Dennis Fast - all rights reserved

 

Incredible northern lights, intense autumn colours and an abundance wildlife activity truly makes this special autumn expedition to Canada's Far North a photographer & naturalist's paradise!


Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora 2017

Three Departure Dates:

Seats Left

PRICES: (Rates do not include HST tax)

August 24-29, 2017
2

Single: $4,995.00 CAD / $3,800.00 USD
Double: $9,000.00 CAD / $7,000.00 USD

 
August 29 - September 3, 2017
FULL

Single: $4,995.00 CAD / $3,800.00 USD
Double: $9,000.00 CAD / $7,000.00 USD
 
 
September 3-8, 2017
4

 

Single: $4,995.00 CAD / $3,800.00 USD
Double: $9,000.00 CAD / $7,000.00 USD

 

A non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00 per person per week booked is required at time of registration


Click here to make your reservation on the 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' expeditions!


You also have the choice to combine two of the Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora trips back-to-back at a reduced rate: Add on $3,500.00 CDN / $2,800.00 USD per person

Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora 2018

Three Departure Dates:

Seats Left

PRICES: (Rates do not include HST tax)

August 24-29, 2018
5

Single: $4,995.00 CAD / $3,800.00 USD
Double: $9,000.00 CAD / $7,000.00 USD

 
August 29 - September 3, 2018
4

Single: $4,995.00 CAD / $3,800.00 USD
Double: $9,000.00 CAD / $7,000.00 USD

 
September 3-8, 2018
8

 

Single: $4,995.00 CAD / $3,800.00 USD
Double: $9,000.00 CAD / $7,000.00 USD

 

A non-refundable deposit of $1000.00 per person per week booked is required at time of registration

 

 

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