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2018 Caribou Migration Photo Workshop

Photography workshop to photograph one of the largest Caribou migrations in North America. We will be photographing the Quamirjuaq caribou herd in Nunavut

 

2018 Caribou Migration Photo Workshop

 

 

Overview of Workshop

Join Marc Muench and Kevin Pepper on a journey to one of Canada's northern territories. Our destination, Nunavut. The first impression many visitors have of Nunavut is that of its vast expanses of pristine wilderness and exotic wildlife. Comprising most of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, about one fifth of the total landmass of the nation, Nunavut is the size of Western Europe. It is the largest yet least populated of all the provinces and territories in Canada, and one of the least densely populated places on the planet.

Our reason for travelling to such a remote destination; to photograph one of the largest Caribou migrations in North America, the 250,000 strong Quamirjuaq caribou herd. For thousands of years this herd has migrated across the Barrens west of Hudson Bay. From late August onwards, throughout the autumn, the caribou are spread out over the tundra of south western Nunavut in one of the most remote places in the world that very few get to visit each year.  Together we will experience the reward of autumn colours of the tundra – crimson reds, vibrant yellows and shimmering oranges as a backdrop to caribou with full racks that can, at times, walk within meters of you.

This is an experience you will never forget. From local guides who know the traditional routes of the caribou, knowledgable staff on hand to give presentations on the animals and the flora and fauna, to shimmering northern lights in the evening, to the silence of the tundra broken by the hooves of caribou, this late summer/early autumn Arctic experience will surprise and delight at every step.

This uniquely Canadian adventure is unsurpassed at offering all the beauty and real wildlife Canada has to offer. 

Photo Workshop Details

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You will be flying into Yellowknife Airport. The airport code YZF. 

Please talk to me about flight times before doing booking 


The dates of the workshop are September 5, 2018 to September 12, 2018


The tuition for this photo workshop is $9495USD

A deposit of $3000 is due at time of booking and the balance is due 90 days before the workshop start date.


The Instructor(s) for this workshop are Marc Muench and Kevin Pepper


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Inclusions: Hotels in Yellowknife, meals in Yellowknife, Private charter flight from Yellowknife to Lodge, all boat usage while at lodge to and from the wildlife; all quality fresh meals prepared and served daily at the lodge; shared accommodations for all nights (one night may be spent in the remote camp if we decide). Boats and motors and a variety of quality expedition and fishing equipment are available for your use. We have satellite telephone communication available at the lodge. Each day (weather permitting) we will offer a choice of escorted educational wildlife photography and natural history programs by boat and overland hiking led by Pro photographers, qualified naturalists and Inuit trip leaders. Also included is the return private plane charter back to Yellowknife.

Exclusions: Air transportation from your home to/from Yellowknife, NWT. Visa or passport fees. Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Travel medical, medical evacuation, and trip insurance (recommended!). Anything not specifically listed as included.

Packing Information: Your equipment must be carefully chosen to be durable, weather resistant and insect-proof. Layered clothing for temperature control is best. Outer garments such as cotton or wool are advisable when approaching to observe wildlife, as they are much quieter than plastic or nylon. All clothing should be dull colour or camouflage. Bright coloured clothing or fluorescent are a NO-NO when stalking animals. Synthetic lining in the bag is a good idea. Boots should be worn in and suitable for hiking off trail over sand, rocks and wet terrain. You should have waterproof rain gear that you can comfortably hike in. A daypack suitable to carry your own camera equipment and bag lunch for shorter hikes is great. 

Recommended Photography Equipment:

• Wide angle lens such as a14 to 24mm and an aperture of F2.8 or faster
• A medium telephoto in the range of 70-200mm
• Telephoto of at least 300mm, preferably longer like a 400 to 500mm length
• Sturdy Tripod
• Remote control for your camera for landscapes and aurora
• Two camera bodies, sufficient memory cards, chargers and batteries for each body

‘Quicklist’ of Things to Bring:

• Day pack (for camera equipment, lunches etc.)
• Personal items (towels, soap, shampoo, etc.) and sunglasses and sunscreen
• Pocketknife
• Warm jacket
• Insulated coveralls
• rubber boots (NEO Overshoes are suggested)
• hiking boots
• Water bottle
• Warm clothing that you can layer
• Quality rain gear
• Flashlight
• Hat and gloves

Photo Workshop Itinerary

September 5, 2018: Arrive in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (YZF airport code). You will be met at the airport in Yellowknife and taken to our hotel. We'll gather for a group dinner, and discuss the photo adventure ahead. 

September 6, 2018: Private charter to our lodge overlooking Ennadai lake. Don't worry, we've allowed for the weight of your camera gear on our private charter. At our lodge you'll have a spacious and comfortable room with private facilities and plenty of electric power for your cameras and other devices. The food is nothing short of amazing. Local fare, fresh ingredients and creative cooking styles. Homemade fresh breads and baked goods, fresh fish and meats, fruits, and vegetables.

We'll spend the week at our lodge venturing out on our boats and on foot to photograph a variety of wildlife including the caribou. ducks, loons, tundra swans, sandhill cranes, thousands of snow geese and Canada geese, Arctic terns and eagles can be photographed and heard as they begin their migrations south. We'll visit naturally formed narrow sections of the lake where the caribou like to cross. 

In the evenings back in our lodge, we have a variety of presentations for you from local pro photographers, historians, cooking demonstrations, and more. Of course we'll be doing our famous image reviews and critiques, with plenty of post-processing instruction and tip

September 7, 2018: We will explore and photograph the northern reaches of Ennadai Lake. It is here above the tree line that caribou can be found on islands and shorelines. A gourmet lunch is served by your guides on the picturesque beach here on Paradise Island. The afternoon is spent cruising amongst the islands to spot caribou, with short walks on land to view them closer. Following an amazing dinner Marc and Kevin help you with your images as we hopefully wait for the skies to clear and come alive with the aurora. 

September 8, 2018: We begin with a short, 20-minute boat ride to arrive at the shoreline where our hike to the Blind Hill esker begins. This 9km hike takes you from the soft and wet blueberry flats to a dry and well-worn caribou trail on the spine of an esker, to an open tundra ridge overlooking the lakes and land below. As we make our way across the high ridge, lakes and rivers and tundra can be seen below, amongst the blanket of vibrant autumn colors. An alternative option to hiking today is fishing for trout and grayling at Richard’s shoal and Grayling Rapids. Both experienced and new fisherman are provided with equipment and accompanied by expert guides. For those not able or wanting to hike, there is plenty of other shooting which requires no hiking.

September 9, 2018: Today we board our boats and head to the North Arm exploring the far reaches of our lake where caribou are most frequently seen. We cruise the shorelines, looking for caribou, either on land or swimming between the islands. The terrain is quite different from the rest of the lake; here the bedrock is exposed and round rocks have been placed on top by glaciers. We embark the boats yet again in search of more caribou, which if given the opportunity, we will try to stealthily approach from land to get a better view.

September 10, 2018: Today we offer a range of activities, using our cabin outpost as a central hub. We board the boats for a 40 minute boat ride to Cabin Island, which we can explore before choosing an activity for the morning: kayaking amongst the islands or visits to archaeological and historic sites in the surrounding area. Back at Cabin Island after another morning of photography, a bonfire on the beach is ablaze throughout the day and a fish fry lunch will supplement our usual gourmet spread! 

September 11, 2018: We start with a short boat ride up the Kazan River—one of the largest rivers on the Barrens. The tundra begins to turn into forest—birch, black spruce and tamarack trees adorned in full autumn colour lay claim to the territory, with caribou trails weaving amongst the sparse, yet impressive, arctic forest. Moose have been seen in this forested and marshy area as well. This location is also excellent for tundra swans that nest on the edge of the river bank, in small grassy openings. After lunch, the caribou and wolf watch continues as we travel the river and visit locations frequently used by the caribou herd at this time of year. Today is the last opportunity to take in the northern lights! Cozy up in a blanket on the front deck Muskoka chairs and enjoy a glass of fine Canadian wine with your cameras ready as we hope for the lights to begin their show.

September 12, 2018: This is your last day in the Barren Lands and you will be familiar with the area of Ennadai Lake and Lodge. Today we offer a short hike following the caribou trails on the esker near the lodge. Wolf and caribou tracks can be followed in the sandy paths and beautiful shimmering ponds are seen through the black spruce forest. In the late afternoon, our plane will arrive to take us back to Yellowknife for flights home.

It's a great opportunity to witness and photograph one of the great migrations on our planet. If you love wildlife and remote landscapes click the "Contact Me!" button now because this workshop will sell out fast. See you in Nunavut!