What You Need to Know
Throughout your journey, park staff will provide for your comfort and safety. Stops are planned for your convenience and, in particular, to share hot, energizing tea (a traditional drink north of the 55th parallel) and typical snacks with your guides. The meals listed in the itinerary are those normally provided during this expedition. In accordance with northern realities, meals may be adjusted depending on local availabilities. Providing opportunities to sample traditional foods is nonetheless a key goal of your Inuit guides. In Nunavik, the weather is constantly changing. Expeditions may be adjusted to take into account current conditions. The expertise and know-how of your guides will maximize your adventure experience. Flexibility and the ability to adapt to a modified timetable and activities are important prerequisites for travellers in Nunavik parks and an authentic element of your northern experience. Finally, due to the size of Parc national Tursujuq, long distances are normally travelled by snowmobile. An honest personal assessment of your physical condition for this activity is required; snowmobile operation skills are not a prerequisite.
Departure from Quebec City or Montreal. Stopover at Kuujjuarapik and continuation to Umiujaq. On your arrival at Umiujaq at the beginning of the afternoon, you will be welcomed by a Tursujuq staff member and shuttled to your hotel accommodations for check-in. This will be followed by an invitation to the Park Visitor Centre for a cup of tea and to learn about life and the challenges in a northern village. Subsequently, a guided tour will provide you with an introduction to the community. On your return to the Park Visitor Centre, a discovery activity will be organized with information on winter travel and camping. Supper will be served.
The first three days of your journey will allow you to acclimatize to your new environment through multiple excursions in and around the community of Umiujaq. Nestled among imposing cuestas on the eastern shores of the expansive Hudson Bay, this young community radiates authenticity in a setting of breathtaking landscapes. Next, your winter adventure will take you to Parc national Tursujuq. Situated in the transition zone between boreal forest and arctic tundra, this territory possesses remnants of human occupation dating back more than 3000 years.
• Meals: Breakfast in flight / snack served on arrival and supper at the park visitor centre (bannock, prepared meat or fish).
• Accommodations: Cooperative hotel of Umiujaq.
Your day will begin with an igloo-making activity close to the community, on a slope facing Hudson Bay. Following this, a short back-country skiing expedition will be organized northeast of Umiujaq in the mountains, at Billy's Lake. Based on travellers’ previous experience, the day will provide an excellent introduction to back-country skiing. If you have brought your own equipment, the location also offers excellent downhill skiing conditions. Finally, a traditional activity will be organized, before you retire to sleep in an igloo.
Véronique Nadeau / Michel Harcc-Morissette
• Meals: Continental-type breakfast at the cooperative hotel (tea or coffee, croissants or toast, fruit, cereal, porridge or granolas) / lunch at the park visitor centre (chicken or tuna pasta salad, raw vegetables and dip) / supper in the communal igloo (prepared meat or fish, vegetables en papillote, bannock).
• Accommodations: Igloo.
Departure around 10 a.m. from the park visitor centre for a 90-km round trip by snowmobile via the ice of Hudson Bay to the Nastapoka Fall. The trail will take you along the magnificent channel that runs between the mainland and the Nastapoka Islands to the mouth of the Nastapoka River. Observation of the fall. There will also be an opportunity to explore the surrounding area by ski and snowshoe. Return to the cooperative hotel in the community for supper and the night.
• Meals: Continental-type breakfast at the park visitor centre (tea or coffee, croissants or toast, fruit, cereal, porridge or granolas) / lunch (sandwiches or wraps, salads, raw vegetables and dip) / supper at the cooperative hotel (bannock and swiss fondue, meat and vegetables en papillote).
• Accommodations: Cooperative hotel in Umiujaq.
Day 4 will begin in the morning with final preparations at the park visitor centre and followed by departure on your genuine winter expedition: five days and four nights at Lake Tasiujaq. In the park, you will learn to pitch a traditional Inuit tupik (tent) and have an opportunity to climb the nearby cuesta (by ski or snowshoe). This day and the next will include visits to several sites of interest next to the lake as well as inland, and two nights accommodations in a heated traditional Inuit tent. Longer distances will be travelled by snowmobile and qamutiik; on-site activities will include backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. A number of traditional activities will be proposed throughout your adventure by your Inuit and Cree guides.
Michel Harcc Morissettte
• Meals: Continental-type breakfast at the park visitor centre (tea or coffee, croissants or toast, fruit, cereal, porridge or granolas) / lunch (sandwiches or wraps, salads, raw vegetables and dip) / supper at the cooperative hotel (bannock and swiss fondue, meat and vegetables en papillote). • Accommodations: Traditional Inuit tupik (two nights).
On the morning of day 6, you will help to pack up the camp and move on to a prepared semi-permanent camp. For the remaining part of the day, you will be free to explore your new surroundings by ski or snowshoe, and enjoy the landscapes. On day 7, the group may decide to follow a traditional hunt; caribou may be observed. Otherwise, a visit of an abandoned trading post or a short back-country ski excursion could be organized.
Michel Harcc-Morissette / Gilles Boutin
• Meals: Breakfast at the camp (cereals, porridge or granolas, freeze-dried expedition meals such as cheese, spanish or fines-herbes omelettes / lunch onsite (wraps, sandwiches or freeze-dried expedition meals such as pork and mushrooms, tomato and parmesan cheese macaroni, coconut milk curries on rice, Mandarin-style beef / supper at the camp (prepared chicken or fish, couscous, pasta). • Accommodations: Semi-permanent camp (two nights).
In the morning, you will depart from the camp and return to the cooperative hotel in the community. Your free time may be spent relaxing or further exploring the community on foot. In the evening, you will be invited to a feast organized at the park visitor centre. Several cultural activities and demonstrations will be organized during the evening with community residents.
• Meals: Breakfast at the camp (porridge, granolas, freeze-dried expedition meals such as cheese, spanish or fines-herbes omelettes / snack en route / lunch at the cooperative hotel / supper feast at the park visitor centre. • Accommodations: Cooperative hotel in Umiujaq.
Departure for the community airport around 2 p.m. by park shuttle and baggage check-in. Return flight with stopover for security screening at Kuujjuarapik and then onwards to your final destination.
• Meals: Breakfast at the cooperative hotel (eggs, bacon, toast, granolas, fruit) / lunch at the park visitor centre / supper in flight.
Price per peson, before taxes. All-included (meals, accommodations, transportation from Montreal). Preferential prices for JBNQA beneficiaries, 2 participants are needed to guarantee departure, contact us to join a group. Although hunting and trapping are strictly prohibited into the National Parks of Quebec, Inuit have the right to practice their subsistence activities throughout Nunavik, including the parc national Tursujuq. Thus, witness a group of Inuit hunting caribou, ringed or trapping foxes may be part of the Nunavik parks' experience.
All the expeditions led by Tursujuq national park team can be followed day by day through daily satellite positioning. The team can contact the park staff anytime with a satellite phone. It's part of visitors responsibilities to plan their own safety: training to prepare your trip and having the proper insurance is part of it. Therefore, we strongly advise visitors to take an insurance policy covering air evacuation costs.
The eastern shores of Hudson Bay hold some very well kept secrets. Parc national Tursujuq offers a combination of adventure travel, winter sports and Inuit traditional activities, a genuine nomadic journey that doesn’t neglect the comfort of visitors. Your itinerary will take you by skis, snowshoes and snowmobile off the beaten trails in the footsteps of Inuit hunters, highlighting various outstanding sites and spectacular landscapes: frozen waterfalls and snow-covered mountains. Focus is placed on sharing traditional Inuit knowledge and discovery of a unique territory: from the immense Lake Tasiujaq, to the magic of Hudson Bay, the Nastapoka Falls and the welcoming community of Umiujaq. For five days and four nights, you will partake in a nomadic journey through the park in the company of Inuit guides.
Dates in 2019March 16 to 24April 6 to 13
Departure from Montreal
Flight, equipment, winter clothing, food: we take care of everything!
Group of 6 to 8 participants
What's included ? • Return flights from Montreal • Transfers to the park
• Access fees in the park and camping fees
• All snowmobile • 8 breakfasts, 8 dinners and 8 suppers
• 3 nights at the Hotel
• 5 nights at the shelters / Traditional accommodations
• Cultural activities • Full camping equipment • Snowshoes and nordic ski equipment
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