Imagine being out on the Arctic tundra, above the tree line, with a front and centre viewing of polar bears, musk-ox and caribou. Inuit Adventures takes you on a dynamic Arctic tour circuit that will lead you into their remote lands, far from man’s reach, to see and photograph these big three among Arctic wildlife. Your stay will include a visit to four villages that lie along the coast of Ungava Bay - the starting points to the magnificent scenery and wildlife of Nunavik.
May - October
Nunavik’s Arctic Wildlife Tour Itinerary
Arriving from Montreal and landing first in Kuujjuaq, you connect with Air Inuit to the village of Quaqtaq on the shores of Diana Bay. You are now on the vast tundra of northern Quebec, the homeland of the Inuit. Your Inuit Adventures guide will meet you for a town tour and a visit of Cape Hopes Advance, the abandoned weather station that operated from 1928 to 1970. From the top of the hill, spot some splendid icebergs that often drift past at this time of the year. Returning to Quaqtaq later in the day you overnight at the Quaqtaq Co-op Hotel.
At high tide, you will leave by freighter canoe for Diana Island. Be ready to take pictures of beluga whales, other sea mammals, and Eider ducks. See how the Inuit delicately remove the Eiderdown from the nests that they will use to make their warm parkas. Hike across Diana Island and discover wild Arctic flowers and herds of resident musk-oxen. Return to Quaqtaq later in the day and overnight at the Quaqtaq Coop Hotel.
Early morning, take a walk in the village and meet the friendly people of this small Inuit community of only 300 before you board a Dash 8 airplane that will fly you to the village of Kangirsuk. Meet your local guides who will navigate with you by canoe on an Artic tour of the beautiful fjord of Payne River towards Kangirsuk Camp. It is very common to see caribou roaming around on the shores or crossing the river in July. Overnight at the Kangirsuk Coop.
As the high tide starts coming in you will leave by canoe, with your guides, and travel the waterways on the Payne River to locate other caribou migration routes where you will have many opportunities to take pictures. You will go back to the village of Kangirsuk at the end of the day where throat singers will perform for you in the evening. Overnight accommodation is at the Kangirsuk Coop Hotel.
In the morning, your guides will take you for an arctic tour hike on the spongy tundra which is an experience in itself. Explore, lift your head, see the birds and breathe in the fresh Arctic air. Musk-oxen are slowly taking ground in this area and once again you may have the chance to see these almost prehistoric animals as well as foxes, Arctic hare, wolves, and black bears. Return to Kangirsuk later in the day to take your flight to Tasiujaq via Kuujjuaq. Overnight accommodation is at the Tasiujaq Hotel.
At high tide, your guides are waiting for you with their canoes to take you for a day-long Arctic excursion amongst the many islands where polar bears are often seen. It is your chance to take pictures of these wild majestic animals and the spectacular scenery of the Leaf Basin where tides often exceed 15 meters. Return to the village later in the day and overnight at the Tasiujaq Hotel.
It is already your last day in Nunavik. Before leaving this magical place, you will be given a town tour by your local Indigenous guide. After a delicious lunch at the hotel, fly back to Kuujjuaq where you will take your southbound flight to Montreal.
Authentic Indigenous Experiences
Authentic indigenous experiences are delivered by indigenous tourism businesses located from across Canada and many are members of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC).
Indigenous Tourism can be defined as all tourism businesses majority owned, operated and/or controlled by First Nations, Metis, or Inuit Peoples that can demonstrate a connection and responsibility to the local indigenous community and traditional territory where the operation resides.x
This package includes experiences with the following authentic Indigenous tourism businesses:
- Inuit Adventures
- Round trip air transportation from Montreal to Kuujjuaq with First Air
- One way air transportation from Kuujjuaq to Quaqtaq, from Quaqtaq to Kangirsuk, from Kangirsuk to Kuujuaq, from Kuujjuaq to Tasiujaq, and from Tasiujaq to Kuujjuaq with Air Inuit
- 6 night accommodations in comfortable hotels
- All listed activities
- All meals
* Package price is the suggested starting price per person based on a double occupancy and does not include taxes.
** Flight option not included in package price. Transportation may vary to customer request and availability.
Nunavik's Arctic Wildlife Tour Image Gallery
Icebergs near Quaqtaq
Wildlife canoe expedition
Musk-oxen on the spongy tundra