I have had the opportunity to walk through forest and tundra many times before, feeling the presence of wolves and turning around to catch a fleeting glimpse of these wanderers as they observe me through the trees or over a low rise. Wolves will watch from a distance, always completely aware of the environment around them.
Wild wolves remain one of the worlds most intelligent and elusive creatures. Following centuries of persecution, hunting, and even sanctioned poisoning by trappers, ranchers and intolerant Governments throughout the world, the Arctic & sub-Arctic wilds of Northern Canada remains one of the last strongholds. Even here, wolves rightfully tend to be shy of humans and their activities. One of the most significant tundra wolf populations still roam free on one of the last great natural wild wolf ranges located on the Ungava Peninsula of Nunavik along the east side of Hudson Bay in Canada. This vast area is truly one of the most remote and least human-influenced wilderness regions remaining in the world.
Every spring and early summer, a remarkable wonder of nature still occurs on the remote tree-line and tundra country in Canada’s Far North – the birthing and den cycle of the white tundra wolves. Let us take you there! We will be traveling with a company that is proud to boast that they are one of the only companies that offer consistently successful expeditions to encounter wild wolves in their true natural habitat. They accomplish this without the use of any artificial means such as captivity, feeding, or implanted radio devices. Rather they take advantage of their traditional knowledge of migratory and den activities, which they’ve learned over nearly four decades of operations in the mainland Arctic and sub-Arctic.
Led by Art Wolfe
Limited to 4 participants
Transportation and Accommodation
All meals, lodging, and transportation specified on the itinerary are included. You will be responsible for your flight to and from the Montreal and Kuujjuaq. We have secured a discount for the charter flight from Montreal to Kuujjuaq through the tour company that we are using, but it is still fairly high. (Please be aware that the cost for that flight is approximately $1,200.)
Shooting schedules have the ability to be altered to effectively cater to the photographic desires of the group, as well as to adapt to changeable weather conditions.
*This tour is just being finalized now, the itinerary will be adjusted with additional information when it becomes available. Pricing is yet to be confirmed as well.
Day 1 Arrive at Montreal Airport
Board a charter flight to Kuujjuaq
On the first day of the trip we will board a charter boat or aircraft flight from the tour start point community assigned – and travel 50-150 km to the remote wildlife camp, where participants will meet the trip leaders & staff.
In advance of these very special wildlife trips, cabin or tent basecamps are set up so that we can hike (1-3 km) to view active wild wolf dens on the tundra. Here, participants will explore the remote and incredibly scenic tundra & occasional sand-esker scenery of the mainland Canadian Arctic & sub-Arctic.
Depending on where the den activity is occurring from season to season, occasionally the wolves camps are set up on the southern fringes of the wolf range near the tree-line, often the countryside there has many esker systems: sand & gravel hills deposited by the receding glacier. As the central barrens is the center of one of the last great ice fields, the bedrock of the ancient striated Precambrian shield (3 billion years old) and the recently deposited eskers (7000 years old) present an astounding visible contrast of both the oldest and the most recent geology on earth, side by side. The unique eskers often have enough unfrozen soil depth above the permafrost for stands of white spruce and tamarack to take root.
The unusual esker habitat is unique to the barren lands and is the reason for the remarkable concentration of wildlife and birds found there. This isolated Arctic region is also home and roost to ptarmigan, Arctic & cross fox, ‘sic sic’s’, black bear; occasionally polar bear and musk-oxen. The area is also roost to Canadian and blue geese, oldsquaw, and a variety of ducks all in their nesting stages. Active wild wolf dens, incredible midnight sunsets, spring wildflowers and the variety of birdlife truly make these trips a naturalists’ paradise. The region is a major migratory route for some of the great herds of barrenground caribou, which along with musk-ox are the primary sustenance source for the wild wolves. Every year, thousands upon thousands of caribou migrate from the tree-line to the calving grounds on the remote Arctic tundra. Wolves usually use the caribou routes as hunting trails and migrate along following the caribou herds.
Like the surrounding vegetation, the esker environment has a unusual mix of birds inherent both to the boreal forests & to the Arctic. The region is a major nesting and moulting area for thousands of geese, sand hill cranes & tundra swans. Golden & bald eagles, a variety of hawks; peregrine, dwarf & gyrfalcon all have been known to nest and roost in these areas.
Wild wolves remain one of the most difficult and challenging of wild animals to see and photograph. Their movements are unpredictable and can rarely be pre-determined. Wolves often hunt nocturnally, and can venture out from the den site for days at a time to find and bring down prey. The single one predictable denominator is the den site to which they will inevitably return to feed their young. Our guides have successfully accomplish the formidable task of locating active wolf den sites in the northern wilderness that can be observed from vantage points at safe, non-harassing distances. Those who are diligent and are willing to spend long hours quietly waiting and watching over the den site are often rewarded to the rare, much coveted and absolutely amazing experience of seeing adult wolves and their pups during the primary and secondary stage den cycles in the true wild! Occasionally circumstance allows us to move closer in or wait along active hunting trails for even closer encounters.
Day 6 Depart
Return charter boat or aircraft charter flight back to Kuujjauq at the end of the trip. Board flight back to Montreal.
*We are awaiting the official itinerary from our arranger, once that is provided this page will be updated. If you sign up to get on the pre-registration list you will be notified as well when this has been confirmed.
- Charter boat or floatplane flight from our predetermined trip starting point community to and from the remote wildlife camp
- All quality fresh meals prepared and served daily while on the field
- Sleeping accommodations are in quality expedition tents along with campfire meals
- Field instruction provided by Art Wolfe with expert Canadian guide and photo instructor
Services Not Included
- Any international Airfare and charter flight to Kuujjuaq, travel insurance or medical insurance. (health insurance is mandatory and travel insurance is highly recommended)
- Anything not mentioned in inclusion above.
- Tipping to accompanying escort is not included in our quote.
- Any expenditure of personal nature