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

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The Leaf River Expedition

Join us on a special class II-III canoe expedition on the beautiful and remote Leaf River, across the remote Ungava Peninsula in Nunavik, Canada


The Leaf River Valley on the Ungava Peninsula in Nunavik Canada / Photo copyright 2015 Murray & Marcelle Douglas - all rights reserved

One of Canada's best kept secrets....

A truly beautiful and incredibly remote sub-Arctic river, the Leaf River is one of Canada's greatest and least-known wilderness jewels. Birds-of-prey such as golden eagles, falcons and hawks nest and roost in the cliffs and in the treed oasis along the river bottom. Migratory waterfowl use the river and surrounding tundra ponds for nesting and molting. Black bear, fox and tundra wolves all den and wander along the entire river corridor. The Leaf is a major water crossing and mixing area for the Leaf River caribou herd - the largest and healthiest caribou herd remaining in Canada. Almost dissecting the Ungava Peninsula in half, the Leaf has historically been used for centuries by the Inuit and Innu peoples traveling from Hudson and James Bays across to Ungava Bay: There is rich archeaology along the entire river length in the form of ancient encampments, fire pits and tent rings. Compared to many other more 'famous' rivers further out west, the Leaf is surprisingly rarely paddled - only one or two small groups explore this river every couple of years. This is amazing considering the rich wildlife, great fishing and fantastic tundra / semi-mountainous scenery: the Leaf River remains one of Canada's best kept wilderness secrets!


Caribou crosses Leaf River / copyright 2015 Murray
& Marcelle Douglas
- all rights reserved

This special canoe trip is designed to coincide with the summer southbound migration of the immense 200,000 strong Leaf River caribou herd - still the largest and healthiest herd remaining in Canada. Thousands upon thousands of caribou cross the Leaf River during mid-August en-route to their late summer grazing and mixing grounds.


During the final part of the summer caribou migration, the cows, calves and bulls of the Leaf River herd traditionally meet and mix along the Leaf River valley
in mid-August each year. Photo copyright 2015 Murray & Marcelle Douglas - all rights reserved
. Click on photo to enlarge

"We had over 500 caribou come through the camp on the evening that this photo was taken on the Leaf River. It was an amazing experience to have these animals walking within about 10 metres of our tent and being inquisitive rather than afraid. We sat on the bank and watched them swimming the river below us. The following day we paddled around groups swimming the river as we carried on down. This trip was an amazing experience for Marcelle and I..."

- Murray Douglas / Whangarei, New Zealand
(2015)

Check out this new video clip of migrating caribou gathering to cross the Leaf River in August 2015. Click on photo to see the film!


View a map of the Leaf River caribou migratory route in Nunavik & northern Quebec


Historically an important hunting and fishing corridor for the Ungava Inuit people, many archaeological and historical aboriginal sites can be discovered in abundance along the length of the Leaf River for those who take the time to hike around and explore.


Paddling the Leaf in style during 2015 / Photo copyright 2015 Murray & Marcelle Douglas - all rights reserved


2017 Leaf River Canoe Expedition:



One Departure Only:

Seats Left
Prices (Rates do not include HST tax)


August 10-20, 2017


1
Single: $5,450.00 CAD / $4,500.00 USD
Double: $9,995.00 CAD / $8,300.00 USD

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


We only accept a maximum of 10 clients + guides on this expedition


Click
here to make your reservation on the Leaf River Canoe Expeditions!


Please email us at tundra@thelon.com to request the detailed trip supplement PDFfor the Leaf River expedition


2018 Leaf River Canoe Expedition:



One Departure Only:

Seats Left
Prices (Rates do not include HST tax)


August 10-20, 2018


5
Single: $5,450.00 CAD / $4,500.00 USD
Double: $9,995.00 CAD / $8,300.00 USD

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

Please email us at tundra@thelon.com to request the detailed trip supplement for the Leaf River expedition in PDF format

Click on photo to view a short video scan of this rapids!

This remote wilderness canoe expedition is suitable for all ages in moderate physical condition. Although the Leaf is mostly a swift class II paddle with no portaging necessary along the entire route, there are occassional class III rapids that - depending on water levels and participant skill levels - are sometimes lined. Previous class II whitewater experience is preferred from all participants.

Both photos (above and below) copyright 2015 Murray & Marcelle Douglas - all rights reserved

Departing from Kuujjuaq Nunavik (Northern Quebec), we will fly approximately 200 airmiles by chartered aircraft to the upper Leaf River, and then commence a class II-III swift-water paddle approximately 160 river miles (200 km) out close to the seacoast at Leaf Inlet on Ungava Bay of the Arctic Ocean.
Charter floatplane on the Leaf River /Photo copyright 2015
Murray & Marcelle Douglas - all rights reserved


Resting and scouting a rapids along the Leaf River / Photo copyright 2015 Murray & Marcelle Douglas - all rights reserved


To join our special Leaf River Canoe Expedition, you must make your way 1500 km (1000 airmiles) north on a daily jet
flight from Montreal to the remote northern Inuit settlement of Kuujjuaq Nunavik (northern Quebec).

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Leaf River panorama from the stark tundra ridges above / Photo copyright 2015 Murray & Marcelle Douglas - all rights reserved


A comfortable canoe camp along the river /
photo copyright Jim Allan - all rights reserved

This special canoe expedition starts on the immense and remote Arctic barren grounds on the east side of Hudson Bay, and then descends northeast down into the deep-cut rich oasis of the beautiful Leaf River valley. We will then paddle 12 days for 200 km (160 river miles) downstream, to end just upstream from where the Leaf River flows into the ocean at Leaf and Ungava Bays. We will be dropped off by charter aircraft at the beginning of the trip, and picked up either by aircraft or boat at the end of the trip.

Every evening we will set up camp by the river with a large screened tent for bug free dining and relaxing. All meals, tents and equipment are provided, but to encourage full immersion in the experience of a remote canoe trek, participants will be expected to contribute to the expedition by helping with set up of the camp, cooking and cleanup, gathering of firewood, and other day-to-day camp activities.


An overnight canoe camp on the Leaf River - incredible solitude! / Photo copyright 2015 Murray & Marcelle Douglas - all rights reserved


Caribou crossing the Leaf River in 2015 - Copyright Murray & Marcelle Douglas / click on photo to watch a short video clip of this crossing!

Musk-oxen herds are resident along the lower Leaf River and Leaf Bay, and it is quite possible to encounter these shaggy pre-historic beasts while on this canoe trip...


Musk-ox bulls in Nunavik / photo copyright
Ingrid Liem - all rights reserved

A tundra wolf in Nunavik - click to enlarge photo / Photo
copyright James Phelan - all rights reserved
Wild tundra wolves also den and hunt for caribou along the Leaf River valley. Once the caribou show up on the southbound migration, the wolves leave their dens and follow the herd.

During mid-August the northern lights begin appearing in Nunavik, and on clear nights seeing them appear and dance across the skies on this trip is nearly certain!


Caribou & aurora borealis - click photo to enlarge / copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved


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



2017 Leaf River Canoe Expedition:



One Departure Only:

Seats Left
Prices (Rates do not include 9% HST tax)


August 10-20, 2017


1
Single: $5,450.00 CAD / $4,500.00 USD
Double:
$9,995.00 CAD / $8,300.00 USD

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


Click
here to make your reservation on the Leaf River Canoe Expeditions!

Please email us at tundra@thelon.com to request the detailed trip supplement PDF for the Leaf River expedition


2018 Leaf River Canoe Expedition:



One Departure Only:

Seats Left
Prices (Rates do not include 9% HST tax)


August 10-20, 2018


5
Single: $5,450.00 CAD / $4,500.00 USD
Double:
$9,995.00 CAD / $8,300.00 USD

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


An evening camp during sunset along the Leaf River / Photo copyright 2015 Murray & Marcelle Douglas - all rights reserved

This guided canoe expedition truly offers a fantastic adventure through a very
special, astoundingly beautiful and little-explored region of Canada's Far North!


View a map of the Leaf River caribou migratory route in Nunavik & northern Quebec

 

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