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Autumn Caribou & Northern Lights Photo Safari

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A lodge based photography safari for Caribou, combined with blazing autumn colours of the tundra and shimmering northern lights.

One of the largest herds in North America, the Quamirjuaq caribou herd of over 350,000 roam the tundra of western Hudson Bay. In late August to early September, the caribou are spread out over the Barrenlands of south western Nunavut, with the reward of autumn colours of the tundra – crimson reds, vibrant yellows and shimmering oranges as a backdrop to caribou with full racks that can at times walk within meters of you. The caribou will be seen in groups of 1 to 20 at a time. There will be mothers with young calves along with males with their fully grown racks full of velvet.

Flying from Yellowknife in a private plane, we land at the remote lodge on Ennedai Lake. The lodge sits on high on a ridge on a peninsula overlooking the lake. This 84km long lake has natural choke points where the Caribou can bee seen crossing. Using a fleet of aluminum boats we will conduct day trips from the lodge along the lake to look for opportunities to photograph the caribou swimming in the water as they cross the lake and at other times will beach the boat and do short hikes on the tundra.

This is an experience you will never forget. From local guides who know the traditional routes of the caribou, shimmering northern lights in the evening, to the silence of the tundra broken by the hooves of caribou, this late summer/early autumn Arctic photography safari will surprise and delight at every step. This uniquely Canadian safari is suitable for adventurous families as well as the professional photographer.

Highlights

  • Aerial view of the vast and brightly coloured Tundra.
  • Sit amongst the autumn tundra colours and photograph caribou
  • Dazzling Northern lights at night
  • Travel by aluminum boat on Barrenland lakes and rivers
  • Caribou with fully grown racks swimming and on land

Where we sleep

Lodge ennedai-lake-lodge-interior-dining

The lodge is newly built in 2002 with 12 suites with a maximum capacity of only 16 persons.
Anchoring the suites is the central dining room and lounge with large panoramic windows with large fireplace, billiard table and plush leather lounge chairs. It is a place to relax with your fellow trip members, trade stories, look at pictures just taken that day immediately on your laptops in a warm, dry environment.

There are 10 aluminum boats with 40HP motors for use for on day trips. If you are interested, 5 star fishing is available for Northern Pike, Arctic Grayling and Lake Trout are abundant and accessible, and the entire river is easily navigated by boat

It is your Arctic home away from home.

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SUMMARY
EXPEDITION SUMMARY
Trip Length
8 Days
2014 Dates
Aug 29 - Sept 5Available
Sept 5 - 12SOLD OUT
Sept 12 - 192 Spots Remain
Price
$5,900 + 5% GST from Yellowknife

Price based on dbl occupancy in CAD.
Flight Package
included from Yellowknife
Group Size
15 persons maximum
Primary Trip Focus
Caribou Migration, male caribou with fully developed antlers, Autumn Colours, Northern Lights
Secondary
Tundra Wolf, Barrenland Grizzly, Muskox
Activities
Wildlife Viewing, Hiking, Boating
Location
Barrenlands, Nunavut, Canada
Daylight hours
13 hours
Average Temperature
10 to 15°C
Participant Experience Needed
Only a great attitude and adventurous spirit!
Accommodations
Lodge
Transportation
Private plane 2 hours from Yellowknife. Aluminum boats from lodge for day trips.
Booking Terms
$2000 deposit required at time of booking. Full Payment due 90 days prior to departure date.
Cancellation Terms
Outside of 90 days a full refund of deposit less $500 admin charge is given. 90 to 60 days prior to a trip entitles client a 50% refund less $500 admin charge. 0-60 days prior to trip no refund will be offered.
Insurance
It is a condition of joining this expedition that you must be insured against medical and personal accident risks and have evacuation coverage (www.globalrescue.com)

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