Safari Bivouac - When Nature Awakens in the Torngat Mountains

Safari Bivouac - When Nature Awakens in the Torngat Mountains

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime during 9 days of discovery of animal life in Arctic Quebec and Labrador. On this journey, you will discover the unsuspected riches of the tundra as nature awakens after the long arctic winter. Far from the crowds, make unpredictable wildlife encounters and explore the wild landscapes of the Arctic Cordillera in small groups.

In July on the Golden Peninsula it is the period of long sunny days when life is reborn on the tundra. It’s the perfect time to spot black bears with their cubs, wolves and foxes near dens, nesting birds, the spring gathering of caribou, and polar bears that roam the Labrador coast. During this period, the waterfalls rumble in the fjords as the snow melts, creating a real spectacle of nature.

On the coast of Labrador icebergs drift in great numbers. Accompanied by an experienced naturalist guide from Golden Peninsula Tours, and a professional wildlife photographer well known in France, you will travel by floatplane and boat to discover animal life and unusual natural wonders. In the evening, you will stay in a tent at a comfortable all-inclusive bivouac camp.

You will also be given an access ticket to Ice River. Accompanied by your guide, you will take a hike to discover the fauna and magnificent crevasses, caves, and tunnels in incredible shades of aqua, blue, and glacier white.

Expect 9 days full of adventure and amazing nature discoveries. To guarantee the most fulfilling experience, excursions are carried out in small groups of up to 4 people accompanied at all times by a private guide and his team who will take care of making sure you experience the best of the Golden Peninsula.

Once your package has been booked, we will prepare your trip information and send your travel documents by email.  If you want to make your trip even more exciting, you can add optional excursions.

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.

Hebron Fjord

Located at the end of the 2nd largest fjord on the Labrador coast, Hebron Fjord Lake is Labrador's largest inland freshwater fjord. At the fjord’s water-limit rises the highest waterfall in the province. This magnificent waterfall is twice as high as the Eiffel Tower, at over 720 meters! There are exceptional hiking trails in this area such as; the North Ridge, the bottom of the glacial valley, along the Hebron Gorge, as well as packrafting along Hebron River which leads to Hebron’s freshwater lake. This hiking area is part of the North Ridge Trail and is no. 1 on our list of the best hiking trails in Labrador!

With its glacially carved terrain, towering mountain cliffs, diverse wildlife and beautiful waterfalls, it just doesn’t get much more incredible!

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.

Ice River

Get ready for a ride on a river that has iced-up several meters high. What is special about the Ice River is that it almost never thaws during the short arctic summer.

From the beginning of winter, its bed freezes completely, forcing the water to flow to the surface and form thick layers of ice. In the spring, the flood waters sculpt magnificent crevasses, caves and tunnels through the ice.

While hiking on the Ice River, you will enjoy the scenery and wander through the aqua, blue and white ice crevices.

A hiking or fat-bike ride on the Ice River is a fascinating experience and is reminiscent of the glacial landscapes found in the high peaks of the Torngat Mountains.

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!

Information

Price :

9,000$

AvailableAvailable :

July 3-11, 2020

DurationDuration :

9 days / 8 nights

ActivitiesActivities :

Unpredictable encounters with wildlife, nature discovery, excursions by floatplane, boat 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 :

  • Wildlife observation in places where animal life has never encountered humans
  • Polar bears that fish in coastal rivers
  • The black bear in its natural habitat
  • The spring migration of caribou
  • The gigantic icebergs and arctic landscapes of Labrador

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 :

You benefit from an exceptional discount on daily activities if you book them at the same time as your stay. 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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2 nights at Wedge Hills Lodge with private bathroom on transfer days

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Small group guarantee (maximum of 4)

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Expert local guide

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Welcome cocktail

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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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Floatplane access ticket to Ice River

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Our remarkable "Golden Peninsula Style" hors-d'oeuvres

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Snacks and drinks between meals

Inclusion

Additional activities (can be added during booking)

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Limited access to Wi-Fi

Does not include :

Exclusion

International flights

Exclusion

Meals and accommodations in Montreal

Exclusion

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

To take with you :

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Warm, waterproof clothing

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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

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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

Our routes are plotted to fly over the most spectacular scenic areas and your pilot will be pleased to maneuver the aircraft in order for you to take pictures, or to make an additional loop over a remarkable point. All you need to do is ask, since for the entire trip, the aircraft and pilot are exclusively dedicated to you. Our experienced pilots have extensive knowledge of the Quebec-Labrador Peninsula. If during your trip we must cancel outings by seaplane or helicopter due to adverse weather conditions, the unused fuel of the aircraft will be refunded. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and observations cannot be guaranteed.

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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