Exploration Trip - Polar Bears and Black Bears of Quebec-Labrador

Exploration Trip - Polar Bears and Black Bears of Quebec-Labrador

Join us in June-July 2021 for an exploration trip through the heart of Quebec-Labrador's polar bear and black bear territory.

This 9-day trip is a continuation of the exploration of the wildlife sites we started in the summer of 2019 and this time at your request, you can join our team!

During this trip, we will explore the most promising areas to document and understand the behaviour of polar bears and black bears that feed on Arctic char and salmon (fishing bears). We will also document all the wildlife that coexists in this same Arctic region - caribou, wolf, fox, snowy owl, and many others.

This region, almost inaccessible for much of the year, has been very little explored. Only a few scientists have approached it, but it remains poorly known. There is no tourism.

Each evening, we look at our collection of photos, analyze our observations, and define the route for the next day. This trip is an adventure in the true sense of the word, a true dive into the unknown, the experience of a lifetime that is aimed at photographers, observers, and nature lovers who have a sense of adventure and who are looking for a journey where nature is untouched and still wild. In the evening, you will stay in a tent in a comfortable bivouac camp in an all-inclusive package.

To guarantee a complete experience, the excursions are carried out in a small group of up to 4 people.

At all times you will be accompanied by the pilot-guide tour operator Alain Lagacé, experienced with the approach of bears in the Arctic and subarctic region of the Torngat Mountains, and also accompanied by the well-known wildlife photographer in France,  Fabrice Simon.

Once you have booked your package, we will prepare your trip and then send you your travel documents by email.

Tour Highlights

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Polar Bears

During this excursion we will head out by air to find polar bears at the edge of the Labrador Sea. The probability of crossing the largest land carnivore on Earth is high. After all, the Quebec-Labrador Peninsula is home to more polar bears than people.

The polar bears on the Golden Peninsula spend much of their time fishing the migratory Arctic char in the coastal rivers. During the spring, summer and autumn, polar bears tend to gather near these rivers, so these are precisely the areas that we will target during this trip.

In addition to polar bears, this region is home to seals, walrus and a high density of seabirds such as Barrow's Goldeneye, Razorbill and Kittiwake.

Black Bear

It is in the inner area of the Torngat Mountains that we set off to encounter a unique species of tundra-dwelling black bear. It is one of the few places in the world where black bears still live without ever being in contact with humans. The encounter with these black bears is particularly recommended at the end of the summer when food is plentiful and their main concern is to feed before the arrival of winter.

In this state of tranquility, the tundra-dwelling black bear is a relatively calm animal that can easily be approached.

Our wildlife guide will introduce you to this unique species of black bear so that you can closely photograph them without disturbing them.

Icebergs

One of the best places in the world to see icebergs is in Iceberg Alley within the Labrador Sea.

During early summer, Iceberg Alley is transformed into an icy polar sea when thousands of icebergs drift slowly into the waters of the Labrador Sea from Greenland, offering spectacular photo opportunities.

To admire the beauty of these glacial giants, we will fly over them at low altitude and make stops along the seaside where you can sit and relax and watch the show. To add to the impressive arctic panorama, seals can often be seen playing between icebergs. The iceberg tour is also synonymous with unpredictable encounters with Labrador wildlife - polar bears, seals, walruses, humpback whales and birds.

Labrador Coast

The Torngat Mountains and the Labrador Coast are among the places we will visit during this trip. For miles we will fly over the absolutely stunning coastal landscapes - rocky fingers, high cliff walls, tablelands, waterfalls, icebergs and so much more.

We will make stops along the coast to discover amazing panoramas and perhaps even spot some polar bears strolling the coastline!

With opportunities to marvel at the summit of the imposing Troll Wall, which is more than 700 meters high, this tour will leave you with unforgettable memories and an ethereal awareness of just how small we humans are in this world.

Awe-inspiring is the best way to descibe this tour!

Moraine Desert Valley

The Moraine Desert Valley is a semi-desert valley located in the southern Torngat Mountains of Labrador. It is a little-known region that is remarkable for its vast dunes and magnificent moraine plateaus. A trip to the Moraine Desert Valley means finding yourself in one of the most unusual areas of Labrador. The stones, with shades of yellow, ocher and red can create optical illusions by changing colour from white, to yellow, to orange and red depending on the angle of the sun and overall luminosity during the day.

Throughout the summer, wandering caribou can be seen in the verdant micro-oasis of the valley. Tundra-dwelling black bear frequent the valley throughout the summer and are present more often during the salmon run. The animals in this isolated region of the Torngat Mountains are so unaccustomed to human presence that they are not afraid of visitors, but rather curious.

The valley is an absolutely fantastic place for mountain terrain bike (MTB) enthusiasts. Nothing is more enjoyable than exploring the tundra landscapes by rolling over the moraine plateaus between the colorful mountains and the blue river water.

Information

Price :

8,200$

AvailableAvailable :

June 25 - July 3, 2021

DurationDuration :

9 days / 8 nights

ActivitiesActivities :

Encounters with wildlife, nature discovery, floatplane excursion, boating and hiking.

DifficultyDifficulty :

Easy

DifficultyLanguages :

French and English

SupervisionSupervision :

An experienced Golden Peninsula Tour guide who is passionate and specializes in the wilderness of the region, wildlife and photography. A professional photographer well-known in France will accompany you on this tour: Fabrice Simon.

HighlightsHighlights :

  • Region where nature is untouched and wild
  • Wildlife that has never been in contact with humans
  • Natural habitat for polar bears, black bears, wolves, and caribou
  • The magnificent landscapes of the Arctic Cordillera
  • The observation camp located near animal life
  • Floatplane exploration trips

DepertureDeparture information :

Guaranteed departure with 4 people

DepertureGroup departures :

We suggest that you join one of the group departures if you are alone or with others. Groups are of 4 people, maximum.

Only 4 guests guarantee better wildlife encounters.

In 2021 we are traveling with a maximum of 4 people. Small groups mean we travel more leisurely, get up close to the animals, have better photo opportunities, and your experience is enriched with a personalized interpretation from our expedition leaders.

If you would like to join a group, but the dates suggested above do not suit you, please do not hesitate to contact us to suggest a new group departure date.

See more wild animals from a “Safari in Bivouac” camp

The bivouac safari is the best way of traveling to bring you closest to nature. We use an intimate collapsible bivouac camp located in a remote valley in the Torngat Mountains near the Labrador Coast. This camp allows exclusive access to wildlife viewing early in the day and late afternoon when the animals are most active.

Being close to nature does not necessarily mean you will be without comfort, you will be amazed by the quality of the service offered during our bivouac safaris.

Good to know :

On transfer days, guests traveling alone will be accommodated in a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be assigned a double room. For group bookings of 3 people or more (maximum of 4), rooms with different facilities will be available. If these options do not meet your needs, please let us know. You can pay for the trip in two installments. To do this, please send us an email.

Inclusions

Includes :

Inclusion

Return flight between Montreal and Wedge Hills Lodge

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6 guided days from the bivouac safari camp located in the Moraine Desert Valley

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Nature interpretor pilot-guide accompanied by a professional wildlife photographer

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3 floatplane excursions to the most suitable places to observe polar bears

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Motorized boat to access the observation sites

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2 nights at Wedge Hills Lodge with private bathroom on transfer days

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Small group guarantee (max. 4 people)

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Welcome cocktail

Inclusion

Group information meeting with your travel guide

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Full board, from dinner on the 1st day to breakfast on the last day

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Snacks and drinks between meals

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Limited access to Wi-Fi

Does not include :

Exclusion

International flights

Exclusion

Meals and accommodations in Montreal

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Alcoholic beverages

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Gratuities at your discretion

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Travel insurance

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Great weather guaranteed

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Taxes 14.975%

To take with you :

Exclusion

Warm, waterproof clothing

Exclusion

Waterproof hiking boots

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Backpack for your photo equipment, clothes and lunch

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Pair of binoculars

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Water bottle

Exclusion

Camera

Your Daily Itinerary

Flight Montreal and Wedge Hills Lodge Flight Montreal and Wedge Hills Lodge Flight Montreal and Wedge Hills Lodge Flight Montreal and Wedge Hills Lodge

Flight Montreal and Wedge Hills Lodge

  • Arrive at Wedge Hills Lodge to be welcomed by the owner-manager and meet with your travel guide.
  • Welcome cocktail and presentation of the program for the coming days.
  • Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Wedge Hills Lodge is a 5 ***** star lodge located on the George River. It offers rooms with private bathrooms. Free access to the spa. Free WIFI. All meals are included.

Just steps from your room you will find the newly renovated lounge area. This is the perfect place to meet with friends, share stories and photos of your day, and taste some “Golden Peninsula” appetizers with a cocktail in hand!

Additional information

The advantage of the bivouac camp: We're going on an adventure to encounter wildlife. So, the bivouac camp becomes an important advantage since we can be based near the most suitable areas for viewing. With this type of accommodation, you must provide your sleeping bag. This is a participatory trip, and therefore you will be asked to help the guide with various tasks. Itineraries are subject to change: Our itineraries are mapped out to fly over the most spectacular panoramas and the pilot will be delighted to tilt the aircraft to allow you to take a picture, or to make an additional loop over a remarkable point. All you have to do is ask since throughout the trip the floatplane and the pilot are exclusively dedicated to you. Our experienced pilots have a great knowledge of the Golden Peninsula. PLEASE NOTE: If during your trip we have to cancel floatplane trips due to adverse weather conditions, you will be refunded unused fuel from the aircraft.

Important information :

Water from springs, streams, lakes and rivers is perfectly healthy to drink everywhere in Quebec-Labrador. There is no reason to buy bottled water or purify it.

Weather :

In Arctic Quebec and Labrador, the weather is the most important aspect that you will need to deal with every day. A popular saying from the Far North is: “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes, and moreover, if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes!”. It is important to understand that in the Far North of Quebec and Labrador the weather can change quickly.

Tips on what to wear :

To fully enjoy your trip to the Quebec-Labrador Peninsula, you must be comfortable traveling in any weather. Walk in the wind, rain and sun and embrace the elements with a sense of adventure! We always recommend that you wear several layers of clothing that can be removed if you become too warm.

Ensuring that you have proper clothing to protect yourself against the elements will make your trip more enjoyable. Appropriate clothing will make your trip more enjoyable. Please check out our What to wear page.

Local weather forecast :

The Quebec-Labrador Peninsula in summer: average summer temperatures range from 7 °C (45 °F) to 16 °C (60 °F). In the Torngat Mountains and on the Labrador Coast, where our multi-day trips take place, the weather is colder and more variable. Average between 4 °C (39 °F) and 14 °C (57 °F). The hottest period is the third week of July to the third week of August. During this hot period, it can be 20 °C to 30 °C (68 °F to 86 °F) at Wedge Hills Lodge on George River, 15 °C to 20 °C (59 °F to 68 °F) in the Torngat Mountains and 2 °C to 12 °C (36 °F to 54 °F) on the Labrador Coast.

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