Pic Pyramide and Rivière George. Monts-Pyramides.Alain Thibault
Situated in the valleys of the Rivière George and the Rivière Ford, as well as on the surrounding high plateaus, the Parc national des Monts-Pyramides Project has a fascinating history in terms of human occupancy, geology and biology.
Once largely submerged under Glacial Lake Naskaupi, this territory still bears marks of the different stages of deglaciation and marine transgression. Its scenic landscapes have been produced by a variety of geological and geomorphological phenomena. Pic Pyramide, the symbol of the park, shows ancient shorelines that are evidence of a history 7,000 years old. These ancient shorelines are also seen on several other hills in the sector.
The Rivière George, once witness to the migrations of hundreds of thousands of caribou, also served as a travel route for Inuit and Naskapi, as well as explorers and adventurers.
Situated just upstream from the mouth of the Rivière Ford, the Chutes Helen act as an impassable natural barrier for some species of fish, in particular arctic char. The Lac Tasirlaq and Lac Qamanialuk sector nurtures a varied fauna and flora, including species that are rare, at risk or unique to northern environments.
The Inuit communities of Kangiqsualujjuaq and Kuujjuaq, as well as the Naskapi community of Kawawachikamach are working jointly with the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs and the Kativik Regional Government towards the realization of this project. Once created, this park will be the second largest in the Québec National Parks network, covering over 5,000 km2.