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Winter Caribou & the James Bay Cree

Join us on a special expedition deep into the remote taiga wilderness near Hudson
& James Bays in Nunavik & Northern Quebec, Canada to encounter the Leaf River
caribou herd at their primary winter range!


Caribou of the Leaf R
iver herd gather on the ice of a northern Quebec lake in winter - photo copyright Sylvain Paquin - all rights reserved

The Leaf River Herd of Nunavik and northwestern Quebec is currently the largest and healthiest caribou herd remaining in Canada at approximately 332,000 animals. On this trip we will be put you into the heart of the caribou herd while they are spread out in their main wintertime range.


Caribou on the move - photo copyright Chris Crowley


Leaf River caribou - photo copright Murray & Marcelle Douglas

Each autumn the Leaf River caribou herd migrates southward from the calving grounds on the Ungava Peninsula in Nunavik, to their wintering grounds along Hudson & James Bays in northern Quebec. Once there they spread out in groups ranging from a few up to 1000's of animals to graze and rest. During the wintertime caribou often spend much time in small herd groups on the ice of the frozen lakes to more easily watch for wolves and predators.


Our special winter caribou expeditions begin and end in the Cree village of Chisasibi in northern Quebec. Chisasibi
can be reached by daily commuter flights 1000 km northwest of Montreal.
This airfare is included in our package!


Taking photos of caribou across the ice next to a traditional Cree Teepee / photo copyright Thomas Groening - all rights reserved

Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures is now presenting a special opportunity for photographers and cinematographers to visit this unique wildlife phenomenon during the winter.


Caribou along the Trans-Taiga Highway
/ photo copyright Sylvain Paquin - all rights reserved

Using advanced satellite caribou tracking technology and the observations of local residents, we will locate the main thrust of the caribou herd in a remote area inland from the shores of James Bay in northwestern Quebec. Over a period of five days we will use passenger vans, snow machines and brief hikes to traverse the isolated bush roads and trails along the remote Trans-Taiga highway system in an attempt to intercept caribou in their winter habitat. When conditions allow we will be able to trek on packed caribou trails for better wilderness off-road photography. We will be connected by two-way radios and satellite phones to local contacts spread throughout the area to help up locate the caribou herds around the clock. Hopefully we will also encounter wild timber wolves that are also following the caribou.


We will also have the opportunity meet and learn about the northern aboriginal inhabitants of this remote wilderness area – the James Bay Cree. We will stay in comfortable hotel-camp accommodations and enjoy all meals prepared and served daily. Along with experienced guides and a local aboriginal Cree leader, by day we will travel to seek out caribou and other wildlife, stop and photograph, explore local villages and historical sites en-route. On clear nights we will build comfortable campfires with seating and windbreaks for optimum northern lights viewing.


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One Departures only: 2017 'Winter Caribou & the James Bay Cree:
Departure Date
Seats Left
Prices (Rates do not include HST tax)

January 20-25, 2017

3


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

 

Two Departures: 2018 'Winter Caribou & the James Bay Cree:
Departure Date
Seats Left
Prices (Rates do not include HST tax)


January 14-20, 2018


6
Single: $4,995.00 CAD / $3,800.00 USD
Double: $9,000.00 CAD / $7,000.00 USD

January 20-25, 2018

5


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 trip booked is required at time of registration

 

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

Please email us at tundra@thelon.com to request the detailed trip supplement for the 'Mingle with Musk-ox' trips in PDF format

 

About the Winter Caribou trips:

We will greet you at the Chisasibi airport in northern Quebec on arrival and - depending on exactly where the caribou are - we will begin on a caribou searching road trip by van enroute to our hotel or bush camp accommodations. We hope to try to get photos of winter caribou in the sunset.

Once at camp we will check into our rooms (double occupancy), followed by dinner and a tour briefing with the guides. The camps usually have shared washrooms and showers.




Campfire along the road - photo copyright Thomas Groening

Every day - using a combination of road vans, snow machines, and sometimes even snowshoes - we will spend the days cruising the bush roads and wilderness trails in the caribou winter range to encounter and photograph groups of caribou in thier natural habitat.


Winter caribou encounter with part of the Leaf River herd - photo copyright Thomas Groening - all rights reserved

Wild timber wolves are common in this area following the caribou around in hope of catching one... There is a good chance that we may see wolves while on this trip.


Timber wolf in winter - photo copyright Craig Duncan



Campfire & aurora / Click on photo to enlarge

 

 

 

On clear nights we will head out after dinner to protected sites set up for warm campfires, good stories and northern lights watch!

 

MNorthern Quebec and Nunavik are situated beneath the ‘auroral oval’ and are listed as one of the best places in the world to observe this phenomenon. We start to see real good aurora displays in mid-August that increase in intensity throughout the winter.

 

 


The James Bay Cree:

James Bay Cree Indians are one of the few nations in North America that still rely on traditional hunting and fishing for sustenance. Over the past several decades, their ancient way of living has been jeopardized by large-scale hydroelectric projects. Since the 1970s they have been fighting legal battles to prevent damage to their ancestral lands and to get compensation for the flooding of thousands of acres of their sub-Arctic forests. For centuries their entire existence has been centered on Mother Earth and Her generosity. When Europeans came three hundred ago, they brought with them technology and innovation: but they also brought confusion and ignorance. In the words of a Cree elder, “the land was there long before we were born. It was like this for the people who came before us. God made the Earth before he created humans. He also made what we needed to live on, for the good of our health and for our children.” Hunting is essential to the Cree tradition. It stands for a lot more than putting food on the table—it is a part of their worldview, their identity, and their religious beliefs.


Archival photo



A Cree painting in Chisasibi

In Northern Quebec the Cree Indians still live primarily by the traditional methods of hunting, fishing and trapping. They follow a spiritual way of life designed to balance their own needs with those of the animals on which they depend. They are merely fellow creatures, predators like the wolf, who must kill in order to survive. During this special wildlife tour (weather permitting), we will have the opportunity to visit one or two important traditional Cree villages while driving the northern bush road system (the Trans-Taiga Highway) seeking caribou and wolf encounters. These villages are Chisasibi and Wemindji, and with our local Cree guide and hosts, we will see and learn some remarkable history and aboriginal insights to the people that live and survive in this remote harsh land.


So join us this January on a fantastic new winter adventure for caribou, northern lights, native cultural immersion and incredible wintertime sub-Arctic scenery!



One Departures only: 2017 'Winter Caribou & the James Bay Cree:
Departure Date
Seats Left
Prices (Rates do not include HST tax)

January 20-25, 2017

3


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

 

Two Departures: 2018 'Winter Caribou & the James Bay Cree:
Departure Date
Seats Left
Prices (Rates do not include HST tax)


January 14-20, 2018


6
Single: $4,995.00 CAD / $3,800.00 USD
Double: $9,000.00 CAD / $7,000.00 USD

January 20-25, 2018

5


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 trip booked is required at time of registration


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

Please email us at tundra@thelon.com to request the detailed trip supplement for the 'Mingle with Musk-ox' trips in PDF format

Click here to learn more about our special summer caribou migration expeditions in Nunavik!


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