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The Great Qamanirjuaq Caribou Migration: An Arctic Safari

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11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
It’s one of the most awe-inspiring sights in nature: 350,000 caribou on their annual journey south for the winter, migrating across the vast sub-arctic of Northern Canada. Experience this phenomenon yourself. Based in a beautiful wilderness lodge on the remote tundra of Nunavut, observe caribou and other fauna in the wild with expert naturalists. Meet and learn about the Dene and Inuit people who inhabit this harsh environment, observe migrating caribou from a boat on Ennadai Lake and explore local dens to study the habitat and survival tactics of wolves. Revel in the majesty of your Arctic surroundings as you fish for Arctic lake trout and northern pike, talk with the only explorer to complete an unassisted journey to the North Pole, and spend three nights in historic Yellowknife learning about the art and history of the capital of the Northwest Territories.


• On boat excursions and field trips with expert naturalists and outdoorsmen, see migrating caribou swimming among the islands of Ennadai Lake and arriving at their wintering grounds.
• Have a chance to observe the spectacular northern lights in the remote Canadian tundra, far from city lights and surrounded by pristine wilderness.
• Explore the barrenlands tree-line, where you'll find campsites and archeological remnants of the Ihalmiut Inuit who once lived in the area, depending on the caribou for survival.

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Click here to see timelapse images of the Caribou migration at Arctic Haven.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Activities and experiences are centered around the pristine wilderness and independent spirit of an immersive visit to the remote Arctic. Participants must be willing and able to walk several miles per day.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, 2 nights; fly to Barren Grounds, Nunavut, 7 nights; fly to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, 1 night; departure.

Date Notes
Caribou migrate through in small groups of 2 to 15 animals in the fall while bigger groups are seen in the Spring. Their migration follows their instincts based on weather patterns which can be a variable factor.

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10 nights of accommodations
29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
2 Flights during the program


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