Nunavik Villages: Inukjuak (The giant)

Population: 1597

Inukjuak is located on the north bank of the Innuksuac River, known for its turquoise water and turbulent rapids.

 

Nunavik Villages: Puvirnituq

Population: 1547

Located 4 km from Puvirnituq Bay, on the north shore of the major river by the same name, this Inuit village is surrounded by an expansive plateau. It is a mixture of countless lakes and rivers, rich wildlife and precious arctic plants and flowers.

Whale Watching Quebec: Nunavik Region

Nunavik, Quebec, has some of the absolute best whale watching opportunities Quebec.

Kayak and Canoe Expeditions

It takes a certain type of someone to gear up and head out onto the frigid and churning white waters. You live for the rush of waves and water, a fearless sort, you are willing to embrace the wildest and most unpredictable of nature’s elements.

Inuksuit: the meaningful messengers

For centuries, massive stone figures built in the image of humans have stood silhouetted on the treeless Arctic horizons. These “rock men” are called inuksuit (plural of inuksuk).

Winter is Coming

Winter is coming.

And you know what that means—it’s snowshoe season!

Trekking Kuururjuaq

Trekking is one of the best ways to discover the fascinating and spiritual Mount D’Iberville sector. 

What is opXpedtions Kuururjuaq?

Put simply, it is a digital extension of what we are all about: exceptional storytelling.

opXpeditions Kuururjuaq takes this idea to the next level.

This website is a compilation of every part of our journey through Kuururjuaq in the northern Quebec region of Nunavik.

As a collection of interactive, informative and inspiring content, opXpeditions Kuururjuaq exists to tell you the story, show you the region, and provide you with the information you need to experience it for yourself.

Exploring this page, from the very beginning, will allow you to experience our time in Kuururjuaq like you were on expedition with us, as we trekked and paddled the mighty Koroc region.

With a gallery of over 100 photos, an information directory of outfitters, guides and resources in the Nunavik area, a collection of daily dispatches from our team in the field, and captivating stories, every element of this page has something for you to discover.

Explore it from the beginning—and experience it like you were there with us.

Nunavik Villages: Akulivik (Central prong of a kakivak/fishing spear)

Population: 507

Akulivik takes its name from surrounding geography. A peninsula jutting into Hudson Bay between two small bodies of water, the area evokes the shape of a kakivak, a traditional trident-shaped spear used by Inuit for fishing.

Tursujuq National Park Project

Nunavik also cradles within its wild vastness two other gems of nature, which are part of another park project: Richmond Gulf (Tasiujaq) and Clearwater Lake (Qasigialik).

A Winter Wonderland

Winter is undoubtedly the season that defines Nunavik best.

The first snow falls around the middle of September, sometimes earlier. In October, the region sees its first snowstorms, and by November, the winter has already started to get settled.

Nunavik Villages: Ivujivik (Where ice accumulates because of strong currents)

Population: 349

Roughly 2000 km north of Montreal, Ivujivik is Quebec's northernmost village. 

Parc national Kuururjuaq

Situated at the northern tip of the Québec–Labrador Peninsula lies legendary Parc national Kuururjuaq. In July 2013, Outpost Magazine sent an elite team on a grueling combined trek and rafting expedition through the park.

Parc national des Pingualuit

Nunavik Quebec is filled with many extrordinary parks, each with unique features almost unseen anywhere else on earth. One of these parks is Parc national des Pingualuit, located in Québec’s far north Nunavik region.

Nunavik Villages: Salluit (The thin ones)

Population: 1241

Salluit stands at the far end of the narrow Sugluk Inlet, 10 km inland from the Hudson Strait, hidden between high, rugged mountains rising close to 500 m. Salluit being the middle point between Nunavik's 14 communities, it is a strategic location for meetings attended by people of the Hudson and Ungava coasts.

Nunavik Villages: Kangiqsujuaq (The large bay)

Population: 606

Kangiqsujuaq occupies an exceptional site, 10 km from the Hudson Strait, on the southeastern shore of Wakeham Bay. The village is snuggled in the hollow of a splendid valley surrounded by majestic mountains, a landscape of unspeakable beauty.

Nunavik Villages: Quaqtaq (Tapeworm)

Population: 315

The village of Quaqtaq is located on the eastern shore of Diana Bay, which Inuit call Tuvaaluk (the large ice field), on a peninsula that protrudes into the Hudson Strait, where it meets Ungava Bay. Mountains stand on the peninsula to the north and are short rocky hills to the southeast.

Northern Summers

As indicated on the calendar, the warm season officially begins on June 21, as the summer solstice floods the Arctic region of Nunavik with light.

Nunavik’s Human History

Roughly 4,500 years ago, a slow migration began from Alaska.

Inuit Games

Originally a nomadic people, the paths of different Inuit clans would sometimes cross in one or the other’s hunting, fishing or gathering place. During these encounters, Inuit shared news and knowledge with one another, often celebrating together with a feast. Games were also played, which tested their strength endurance and survival skills.

What the Topo Can't Tell You!

Over my last 35 years of outdoor adventure with The Alpine Club of Canada and the NYC-based Explorers Club, I’ve been graced with incredible expedition opportunities on five continents.

Nunavik: essential information

This guide outlines some essential information that you should review before traveling to Nunavik.

 

Access to Nunavik

In less than 50 years, transportation in the North has changed significantly.

Nunavik Villages: Kangirsuk (The bay)

Population: 466

Kangirsuk, meaning “the bay” in Inuktitut, is located on the north shore of the Payne River, 13 km inland from Ungava Bay.

Nunavik Villages: Aupaluk (Where the earth is red)

Population: 174

Aupaluk, the smallest Nunavik community, is located on the southern shore of Hopes Advance Bay, an inlet on the western shore of Ungava Bay. It is about 150 km north of Kuujjuaq and 80 km south of Kangirsuk.

Nunavik Villages: Tasiujaq (Which resembles a lake)

Tasiujaq was built on the shores of Leaf Lake at the head of Deep Harbour. It lies a few kilometres north of the tree line. Here, the shrub tundra finally gives way to the arctic tundra. 

 

Team opXpeditions Kuururjuaq

So, what happens when you fling four strangers together from two, if not three, distinct generations, and tell them to go climb a hugely challenging mountain, and undertake an arduous trek that few, if any, bipeds have actually done before?

At Once Humbled and Honoured

It has been quite something, trekking within the true wilderness of the Koroc River Basin.

Nunavik Villages: Kuujjuaq (The great river)

Population: 2132

Kuujjuaq, Nunavik's largest community, is located on the west shore of the Koksoak River, about 50 km upstream from Ungava Bay.

Nunavik Villages: Kangiqsualujjuaq (The very large bay)

Population: 735 

Kangiqsualujjuaq is the easternmost village of Nunavik, located about 160 km to the northeast of Kuujjuaq, 25 km from Ungava Bay on the George River, nestled at the end of a cove called Akilasakalluq.

A True Fishing Adventure!

Nunavik lakes, rivers and coastal waters teem with Arctic char, Atlantic salmon, sea-run trout, brook trout and lake trout, offering anglers an abundant renewable resource, which has changed little since the beginning of time. While you fish, you may also have the opportunity to observe caribou, musk-oxen, black bears, Arctic wolves, foxes and hares, ptarmigan, geese, ducks and birds of prey.

Kuururjuaq Points of Interest

Some points of interest to consider for your expedition to Kuururjuaq.

Koroc River Guide

After travelling over 1500 km from the start of opXpeditions Kuururjuaq, Team Outpost is now focused on trekking and rafting along the Koroc River Basin to George River.

Adventure in Infinite Spaces

This is when the region’s name takes on its true meaning, as Nunavik, in Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit, translates to “a place of infinite spaces” or, in other words, “a place to live”.

Arctic Wildlife

Nunavik is home to exceptional wildlife, each species uniquely adapted to the Arctic.