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the Great Summer Caribou Migration

Join Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures in Canada's mainland Arctic to encounter
the mid-summer southbound migration of the massive barrenground caribou
herds - one of the last great wildlife spectacles in North America since the bygone days of
the buffalo...

All photos on this webpage have been taken by our clients while attending Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures
over the past seasons of our field operations at our various wildlife camp locations in northern Canada

A barrenground caribou 'bunch' during the summer migration / Photo copyright Eric Peterson
Barrenground caribou 'bunch' during the summer migration - Photo copyright Eric Peterson.

Come see the big caribou herds while you still can -
we still know how to find them!

The barrenground caribou of northern Canada have some of the largest & least influenced congregates in the world.  Every year, many thousands of animals migrate from the tree-line to the calving grounds on the remote Arctic tundra, and then back again during the summer and autumn. Our wildlife camps are set up near one of the main southbound migratory routes, often allowing us high quality caribou migration encounters.

 

Click here to see a map of the caribou range in northern Canada

 

Click here to make your reservation on the 2015 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' trip!

 

The 2015 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' Expedition:
One two-week Departure Only
Seats Left
Prices (Rates do not include the 5% GST tax!)
July 24-August 7, 2015
6
Single: $6,850.00 CAD
Double:
$12,000.00 CAD  

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

(The dates and access logistics are subject to change depending on where the animals are - so you need to be flexible)

Please email us at tundra@thelon.com to obtain the detailed trip supplement for the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' expedition in PDF format

 

Check out this wonderful full length BBC documentary we helped organize, fly and guide -
and which shows excellent footage of the wolf den cycle and the great summer caribou migration

Caribou & Wolves - the Endless Dance

 

Curious caribou calves will sometimes approach within feet of the photographers! / photo courtesy Beverley Morris

Ccurious caribou calf approaches the photographer

 

Caribou bulls grazing on a big skyline /
Caribou bulls graze in the late afternoon skyline

Thousands of caribou following a remote tundra river valley / photo copyright Maxwell Finkelstein / click to enlarge!
Caribou cows & calves as the migrate along an Arctic River valley during July.  Click photo to enlarge!

 

Caribou bunch on the barrenlands / photo copyright Terry Elliott - Savage Island Photography
Click to enlarge photo

This special wildlife expedition offers one of the best chances for the very rare opportunity to encounter the barrenground caribou herds en-masse!

summer caribou migration

 

We will start this unique wildllife adventure by boarding a charter aircraft at a remote northern settlement that offers the best charter air access distance to the summer caribou migration, and embark on a 50-250 km journey to the remote sub-Arctic tundra known locally as the 'barrenlands'. We will then land and camp for one or two weeks at one of our remote wildlife camps - uniquely situated at one of the most isolated regions in mainland North America!


The 2013 & 2014 'Great Summer Caribou Migration wildlife camp

Once at one of our unique wildlife camps - situated at one of the last strongholds of healthy barrenground caribou herd populations remaining in the world, we typically offer comfortable & catered cabin or tent-camp accommodations including sleeping tents with cots, dining & shower facilities. Depending on the needs of the specific site, we also provide an array of equipment such as boats & motors or canoes to enhance the expeditions, to explore new areas and to seek other dens & wildlife.  On occasion, we set up and offer ground tent 'spike camps' to maximize wildlife viewing.

 

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A Great Summer Caribou spike camp - sandy areas nearby offer perfect den habitat for tundra wolves & fox.

one of the wildlife camps

 

From a scenic and remote tundra location, you will enjoy daily meals & comfortable tent or cabin accommodations.

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

 

wild tundra wolf on the skyline behind camp / photo copyright Art Wolfe Inc.

Dinnertime at the basecamp

 

Trip leader helping to re-adjust the daypack /  photo courtesy Beverley Morris

 

 

Check out our mini-movie on-line:

Summer caribou herd: dangerous water crossing

 

 

  In the meantime, through a series of techniques that includes aerial reconnaissance, satellite imagery, GPS positioning & traditional knowledge, we will keep monitor the movements of the caribou herds - and once they move close enough to our position (within 50 miles) we will travel by aircraft or aircraft to meet them on their migratory route.

Beverly herd caribou cows & calves bunch in Nunavut / photo copyright Max Finkelstein

Caribou bunch on the run / photo courtesy Allicia Kelly

We will then attempt to position participants to see and photograph the summer large 'bunch' movements - usually thousands of animals - at a major water crossing of one of the major barrenground caribou herds as they traditionally migrate southward off their calving grounds in July.  

 

Check out our mini-movie on-line:

The great summer caribou migration

 

Click here to see a map of the caribou range in northern Canada

Caribou bunch / photo copyright Allicia Kelly

Depending on the circumstances, such as how far the herd is located from the main camp, the suitability of the country, and the logistics needed to access that specific area, we will either set up an overnight spike camp, or spend the daylight period with the caribou migration and head back to overnight at the active main camp. 


Designed for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts, we will accept only a total of eight participants on this special expedition. 

tundra white wolf stands guard over its den / photo copyright Eric Peterson

Gyfalcon feeding its young on its esker nest / photo courtesy Beverley Morris

While on this special departure and depending where the caribou migration route is from season to season, participants will sometimes encounter musk-oxen herds, and white tundra wolves during their secondary-stage den cycle. It is also quite possible that we will encounter foxes, moose plus a variety of nesting birds-of-prey, shorebirds and waterfowl - all under the midnight twilight of the Arctic summertime!

Click here to obtain our bird list (in PDF)

 

 

Caribou bull silloetted against the midnight sun twilight / photo copyright Steve Maka


Incredible wildlife opportunities and awesome tundra vistas highlight this very
special departure to one of the most remote wilderness locations on earth!

 

Click here to make your reservation on the 2014 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' trips!

A non-refundable deposit of $1,500.00 per person booked is required at time of registration

The 2015 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' Expedition:
One two-week Departure Only
Seats Left
Prices (Rates do not include the 5% GST tax!)
July 24-August 7, 2015
6
Single: $6,850.00 CAD
Double:
$12,000.00 CAD  

(The dates and access logistics are subject to change depending on where the animals are - so you need to be flexible)

Please email us at tundra@thelon.com to obtain the detailed trip supplement for the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' expedition in PDF format

Click here to make your reservation on the 2014 'Great Summer Caribou Migration' trip!t

 

 

Check out what some of our clients had to say about this incredible adventure:

Photographer Christopher Crowley

Past client Chris Crowley had a magnificent experience on his Great Summer Caribou Migration trip. 
Click here or on photo to read Chris's on-line testimonial!  Chris had this to say about his trip with us:
 

"The circle of life is pretty small on the tundra. Caribou eat lichen. Almost everything else eats the caribou. Circles lie within circles. Every spring, large herds of caribou (Rangifer tarandus) migrate hundreds of miles northward to the calving grounds and return later in the summer. We watched as several groups of caribou, hundreds in each group, crossed a river. In places they swam, heads bobbing in the river. In shallower places they waded, stumbling on slick rocks. The calves had to hustle to keep up with the crossing adults. Once the herd reached land, however, they were all off and running with a rumbling of hooves oddly muted by the soft ground."  

2005 summer caribou migration: photo copyright Christopher Crowley
Great Summer Caribou Migration

 

Canadian Northern Lights 
Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism

Past client & Canadian Author Catherine Senecal won the prestigious Canadian Travel Commission's Northern Lights Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for best Internet Reporting. Well, Cathy's winning story was written about her trip with us on the 'Great Summer Caribou Migration'! Click here or on photo to read Catherine's' on-line article!  Catherine had this to say about her trip with us: 

"I loved the camp and being out on the barrens-I even love saying, "when I was out on the barrenlands" to people. It makes me sound so adventurous! The truth is your trip, camp and tour make this stunning land and its animals accessible to people willing to let their minds and spirits compel them to a place perhaps more wild and epiphanic than they could have predicted."


Canadian Journalist
Catherine Senecal

 


'Caribou & Wolves - 'The Deadly Dance'

Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures was proud to facilitate cinematographer Jeff Turner and crew of River Road Films to several wild wolf den sites, and to the Great Summer Caribou migration. Jeff got some awesome footage - with several grizzlies coming in to a remote water crossing to feed in several caribou that were stuck in the boulders of a creek crossing. During the spring of 2004, Jeff also got some quality wolf pup footage on the Thelon.  The wildlife documentary was aired in 2005 in the US on Animal Planet and in the UK on BBC2 on a series called 'The Natural World'. The full video is also now on U-Tube - click here or on photos to view. 

Jeff had this to say about his trips with us: 

"I have filmed wolves, caribou and grizzly bears in many areas of the Canadian Arctic over the past 15 years and I have to say that the barrenlnds is without a doubt the most beautiful piece of Arctic tundra I have ever experienced. It is a world class wilderness with some of the planets most spectacular scenery and wildlife that is hard if not impossible to see anywhere else. I know of no other place where you can go and watch wild wolves around their den. Wolves are one of the most difficult animals to get close to in the wild and Tom and his crew have been doing it here for years. That says a lot about their sensitivity and success as wildlife guides. Tom and his crew at Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures are ideally placed to give access to this wonderful landscape. There is no-one with more experience and knowledge of the area and they have setup a comfortable, warm and homey camp with good food and facilities in the middle of this wilderness. They live lightly on the land here trying always to keep the imprint of man to a minimum in this pristine place. I admire and appreciate the work they do and wish them much success in the future."

Jeff Turner
River Road Films
Princeton, BC, Canada

Click here to see a map of the caribou range in northern Canada

Click here for Conde Nast article.

Read the Conde Nast Traveler controversial article 'Diamonds in the Wild', about the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary and the potential future effects of diamond and mineral exploration in our last great North American wilderness. Click here!

 

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Still undecided? Click on any of the faces below, and let our past clients & trips leaders tell you about their trips with us to the Canadian Far North!

David Olson
Lee Mann - photo copyright Annika Broden
Lee Mann

The Baenders

Jay Dickman

Wendy Broekx
Photo copyright Art Wolfe Inc.
Art Wolfe


Barry Girard


George Nagel
Photo copyright Mountain Light Photography
Galen Rowell

Steve Lybeck

Ron Burmeister
Photo copyright Art Wolfe Inc.
Alan Weisman

Steve Barger

Courtney Milne

Andy Kammer
Martin Haefele


Dr. Ella Trussell


Brad Armstrong

Rita Marett

George Archibald

Chris Crowley
Andrew Macrae
Andrew Macrae
Bill Mullins a-smiling on the tundra - photo courtesy Beverley & Allan Morris
Bill Mullins

Julie Yamaguchi

Glen Grambo
Photo copyright Charlotte Richardson
Steve Maka

Adele Curtis

Eric Peterson

Lonnie Brock

Photo copyright Art Wolfe Inc.
Dennis Fast
Scott Schrader
Scott Schrader
Photo copyright Annika Brodén
Annika Brodén
Photo copyright Art Wolfe Inc.
Christian Heeb
Photo copyright of Bill Silliker, Jr.
Bill Silliker Jr.


Martin Zeilig

Dr. David Mech - photo copyright IWC
 Dave Mech

Bob Gainer

Tundra Tom

Terry Elliott

Noelle Tufts
Allicia Kelly

A. MacPherson

 

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