Designed to accommodate a relatively small number of guests and staff (approximately 25 in total) who will share their time in one of the most pristine places on the planet. These people include Inuit hosts, our chef and staff, bear guards and air and land transportation providers; Parks Canada staff including Inuit interpreters; Canadian and international biological and other researchers; participants in the Inuit student youth program; and Inuit elders.
The Torngat Mountain Safari designer tents houses, researchers, visitors and staff. The Yurt style structures consist of dining, lecture hall and sleeping quarters. Arctic Kingdom guests will be settled into Yurts complete with bedding, heat and electricity.
Enjoy a fine bottle of wine after a day of exploring the fiords in our bright and airy dining Yurt.
Showers and fully functional bathrooms are available. Power is 110 volts provided by our onsite solar power station.
Local dishes such as fresh Arctic char caught fresh by our guides (or you!), will be served by our chef. Sashimi Arctic Char anyone? Caribou and muskox are other local delicacies to be prepared.
Heated sleeping accommodations with wooden floors consist of twin or king bed configurations.
A Day in the Life
Sitting at just below the 60 degree latitude, the Torngat Mountain Safari is situated in the prime northern lights band.
Nightly bonfires on the beach
Daily lectuures and presentations by Torngat Mountain Park staff and researchers in one of the safari structures.
About the Research Station
This is Canada's newest Arctic research station, launched during International Polar Year with an ongoing commitment from ArcticNet, a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada that brings together scientists and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies and the private sector to study the impacts of climate change in the coastal Canadian Arctic. Each year since 2007, more than 40 researchers have conducted work that includes marine ecology, climate change study, glaciology, wildlife and vegetation research, geology studies, and archeology. Visitors will have an opportunity to live and interact with these researchers and, under certain conditions, accompany them in the field. Evening programs will include regularly scheduled lectures and presentations.
Inuit Bear Guards
Polar bear populations in Torngat Mountains National Park have increased significantly in recent years. As a result of that, polar bear encounters are inevitable. The polar bear guards have all grown up living on the land hunting and fishing. Their knowledge and connection to the land is deep and their understanding of bear behaviour is extensive. The safest way to travel in the park is with Inuit. They are hosts in their homeland where their ancestors have lived for thousands of years. Their role is not that of a trip leader or trip guide in the classic sense, but they will guide you over their traditional homeland, regaling you with stories of their ancestors. Your safety is paramount.
Stewardship Levy – Your Legacy
The base camp is situated in a highly delicate landscape. The people of Nunatsiavut, the Government of Nunatsiavut and Parks Canada are determined to maintain the integrity of this place; this of course calls for continuing investment. Commencing 2012, every visitor to the site has a vital stewardship role to play at the base camp by contributing a pre-tax levy amounting to 3% of packages or total accommodations (plus HST).
This is included in the package price.
Although no previous backcountry experience is required on our tours, there is always an element of risk as with any adventure. While our trips are not considered to be strenuous or physically demanding, and we do not require a high level of fitness, good general physical condition is necessary.
If guests have any physical limitations or concerns please let us know. As we are not qualified to evaluate your level of fitness we ask that you (possibly along with your doctor) determine whether or not you are able to join one of our adventures. If you have any special medical conditions, we encourage you to check with your doctor before you reserve your trip.
Please also note that all of our tours take place in remote areas; evacuations can take a great deal of time and can be expensive. Persons with various disabilities are welcome on Torngat Mountains Safari tours, pending a discussion of any special needs and requirements.
You must also acknowledge that travel with Torngat Mountains Base Safari requires a degree of flexibility and understand that the trip's route, itinerary, accommodation and modes of transport are subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances. While travelling with Torngat Mountains Base Camp you agree to accept the authority of the leader at all times. You need to be aware that group travel may involve compromise to accommodate the diverse desires and abilities of group members. We just ask that you welcome your adventure with an open mind and be able to laugh and have fun when encountering the unexpected. Torngat Mountains Base Camp is dedicated to providing safe, environmentally sensitive, well-organized, fun-filled adventures.
Torngat Mountains National Park (Labrador)
A sub-Arctic Cultural, Photography and Science Safari
Torngat Mountains National Park is situated at the northern tip of Labrador, Canada's newest national treasure — a stunning combination of wilderness seacoast, surreal turquoise lakes and towering fjords. But this destination and its treasures are age-old to Inuit, whose stories and language speak of this land — its wildlife, its spirits, its mysteries and its legends. And now, thanks to the creation of our seasonal base camp operation and research station, you can experience the Torngats first-hand.
The Torngat Mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors for thousands of years. The spectacular wilderness of this National Park comprises 9,700 km2 of the Northern Labrador Mountains natural region. The park extends from Saglek Fjord in the south, including all islands and islets, to the very northern tip of Labrador; and from the provincial boundary with Québec in the west, to the iceberg-choked waters of the Labrador Sea in the east. The mountain peaks along the border with Quebec are the highest in mainland Canada east of the Rockies, and are dotted with remnant glaciers. Polar bears hunt seals along the coast, and both the Torngat Mountains and George River caribou herds cross paths as they migrate to and from their calving grounds. Today, Inuit continue to use this area for hunting, fishing, and travelling throughout the year.
A Cultural Landscape
There are hundreds of archaeological sites in the park, some dating back almost 7,000 years, providing evidence of occupation by the Maritime Archaic Indians, Pre-Dorset and Dorset Paleo-eskimos, and the Thule culture that merged into modern day Inuit. These sites, which include tent rings, stone caribou fences, food caches and burial sites, tell the story of the people and cultures that have made this special part of Canada their home over the millennia. The Ramah chert quarry was for thousands of years a source of glass-like tool material used by indigenous peoples and traded over a wide area, as far south as Maine.
The Physical Landscape
There are few places on earth where such an array of geological features and processes can be observed in a single landscape. The limited vegetation cover, high mountains, coastal cliffs, deeply incised fjords, and sheer cliffs that cut perpendicular to the rock fabric, provide some of the best exposures of the earth's geologic history. The region contains two distinct, contrasting landscapes: the George Plateau and the spectacular Torngat Mountains.
The George Plateau is a level bedrock plain cut by deep river valleys sloping gently to Ungava Bay. The effects of glaciation are everywhere: drumlin fields, kame terraces (ridges of water-born sediments deposited by melting glaciers), erratics and eskers that snake over the plateau. The Torngat Mountains, among the highest, most rugged mountains in eastern North America and one of the world's most beautiful wild coastlines, provide a spectacular counterpoint to the gentle George Plateau.
About The Nunatsiavut Inuit
Nunatsiavut — 'Our Beautiful Land' is a rich, bountiful and challenging place that has defined the culture and strengths of the Labrador Inuit.
The Labrador Inuit, are direct descendants of the prehistoric Thule, hunters who spread from Alaska across the circumpolar regions of Canada and Greenland. They are one of the founding peoples of Canada. Their homeland — the lands, sky, waters and oceans of Nunatsiavut — have sustained them through a long history of change brought about by colonialism, resettlement and dislocation from their traditions, enabling their ancestors to thrive as self-reliant, self-sufficient people. Now, it is the solid base from which they can protect their cultural foundation and re-claim control over their economic and political destiny through self-government.