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A map of the approximate main musk-oxen ranges on mainland northern Canada

Musk-ox underlay fur - also known as 'quivat' - is one of the warmest natural substances on earth with 3 1/2 times the insulation value of goose down. At the turn of the century, this value led to musk-oxen being slaughtered to near extinction along Canada's and Alaska's Arctic coastal areas - mostly by European whaling ships. Only the musk-oxen herds that were less accessible to these hunting forays such as those residing on the higher Arctic Islands and in the deep mainland interior continued to survive.

A musk-ox bull in autumn colours on the Canadian tundra / photo copyright Glen Grambo
Musk-oxen herds are scattered throughout northern Canada from the Arctic coastal regions of northern Labrador through the barrengrounds of the Ungava Peninsula; across Hudson Bay through the tundra plains of central and northern Nunavut and northeastern NWT. There are also musk-oxen herds on most of the Arctic Islands as well. Musk-oxen have made a strong comeback in the past 30 years, having nearly doubled in population on the mainland regions of the Far North, even as their counterpart caribou herds with whom they share the landscape have dramatically dwindled in size in many areas during the same period.

Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures offers encounters with musk-oxen herds on several of our northern tours...

Click here to learn about our special expedition to see the BIG musk-oxen herds in far northern Canada

Click here to learn about our trip to see musk-oxen, the autumn caribou migration & northern lights combined


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