A map of the approximate main migratory
caribou range of the Leaf River Herd in northern Canada
Our special caribou migration expeditions begin and end in Kuujjuaq Nunavik (northern Quebec). Kuujjuaq can be reached by daily jet flights 1500 km north of Montreal, Quebec Canada.
During late April each year, the pregnant caribou cows of the Leaf River herd migrate north to their calving grounds on the tip of the Ungava Peninsula in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec. Then they head back south again in late July with their newborne calves to intercept the bulls near the tree-line. During this period the cows & calves will 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 and early autumn migratory lull, while they feed and build up fat stores to endure the upcoming winter and mating period.
The decline of both barrenland and woodland caribou populations of the Canadian caribou herds has been a growing and alarming issue over the past decade. However, according to biologists recent indicators are now showing that some of the herds are slowly growing in numbers, while other herds continue to reduce in size. The Leaf River Herd in Nunavik remains the largrest and most healthy herd remaining in Canada: by the most recent biologist count survey in 2015 the Leaf River herd has an estimated 350,000 animals.
- Click here to learn more about our expeditions to see the great summer caribou migration
- Click here to learn more about our autumn expeditions to see musk-ox and aurora borealis combined
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