Nunavik Parks: For Outdoor Adventure and SportsNunavik Parks: For Outdoor Adventure and SportsBanff Mountain Film Festival Picture2/1/2017 5:00:00 AM

​In 2016, 20,000 devotees were enabled to experience the outdoor and athletic feats of the most daring adventurers. Every year, it is the opportunity for the Inuit-developed-and-managed National Parks network to get in touch with those fans. "As Nunavimmiut (Nunavik's residents), we would like to inspire more people to come and live a Nordic adventure. We want them to discover the immensity of our Parks" outlines Markusi Qisiiq, Nunavik Parks Director.

Founded in the heart of the mountains of Banff, this adventure film festival has existed now for three decades. About 100 of the best films from the competition are retained. The screenings are an opportunity to share uplifting narratives through breathtaking images, thrilling stories and awe-inspiring nature. In Québec, the renowned outdoor magazine Espaces chooses from the official program the films for the 24-city tour.

"Espaces is proud to promote the richness of these sporting and human narratives," acknowledges Stéphane Corbeil, director of the Québec tour.

Nunavik Parks is happy to play a role in this partnership that is contributing to the vitality of outdoorsmanship and encouraging each of us to explore the wealth of northern Québec. Across Québec, national parks stand out for their outdoor activities.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is all the more significant this year because, for the first time ever, the Northern Village of Kuujjuaq, Nunavik's administrative centre, will be a site on the Québec tour. As nature is at the centre of Inuit culture, this new screening location aims to promote Nunavik residents' unique affection for the outdoors and encourage more visitors to partake in Nunavik Parks experiences. It, moreover, is addressed especially to youth. Nunavik Parks believe that youth's curiosity in nature must be stimulated at the earliest possible age. The greater their positive outdoor experiences, the more likely youth will want to visit our national parks and explore nature.

Pictures © Banff Moutain Film Festival

For the second year running, Nunavik Parks is joining with the Banff Mountain Film Festival Quebec Tour to reach out to outdoor enthusiasts in Québec. Every year, this Canadian film festival selects, from among more than 300 entries, amateur and professional mountain and adventure films to be screened in 40 countries.