This territory, dubbed the Great North for its vast stretches of tundra, boreal forest, mountains, rivers and lakes, offers adventure in its most authentic form. In summer, the sun never sets and you can experience four seasons in 24 hours. In winter, the sky comes alive with the northern lights, moving about like luminous marionettes. Stunning!
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Glaciers, meteorites and snowstorms shaped this land and its inhabitants. Mythical animal life, plant life that flourishes before your very eyes, and 14 villages nestled on the shores of the wide bays.
Parc national des Pingualuit
Filled with exceptionally clear blue water, the Pingualuit crater is referred to as the “Crystal Eye”—a more poetic term than Pingualit, which, reflecting Inuit humour, means “skin blemish”!
Originating between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter 1.4 million years ago, this meteorite, some 100 m (328 ft.) in diameter, left a crater that’s 3.4 km (2.1 mi.) wide. One can only imagine its massive impact as it slammed into the Earth!
From the Space Station, with the blue ball directly below, the crater is clearly visible.
Given its utter uniqueness, it was fitting to dedicate a park to this crater. Despite its age, it is one of the youngest and best preserved craters on the planet. Located in the centre of the Ungava plateau, it serves as a landmark for hiking and nature enthusiasts. One of the best ways to explore the park is with an all-inclusive package.
The Arctic wildlife kingdom
This is the land of Rudolph and his friends, and it’s where the caribou reign supreme. In the spring, thousands of the animals migrate some 3,000 km (1,860 mi.) from James Bay to the Torngat Mountains. The caribou are a tireless species.
They share their territory with wolves, foxes and ptarmigan. Being Arctic animals, they turn white in winter, becoming virtually invisible. But polar bears can catch their scent from miles away.
Polar bears are marine mammals and can easily swim 150 km (93 mi.)!
The Inuit have cohabitated with bears for thousands of years, in mutual respect. Photographic safaris are best taken with an Inuit guide to avoid any confrontation. Bears are at the top of the food chain. Living so close to shore, narwhals, belugas and seals are an easy source of protein. When it comes to crossing paths with a bear, it’s best to be a whale, muskox or in the company of an Inuit guide.
A culture happy to embrace tales and games
A zest for life is part of the Inuit DNA. Their place names even have a humorous quality. And their throat singing contests always end in a burst of laughter—even though the person who laughs loses. The Inuit have a great sense of sportsmanship: it’s more important to take part than to win.
The Nunavik culture dates back four thousand years. Life is governed by nature and the seasons and by the topography of the land. It is said that the Inuit have 50 different terms for snow, given how important its precise description is to their way of life. In reality, they have 12 terms.
In Nunavik, only women practise throat singing.
There are 14 communities spread along Hudson Bay, Ungava Bay and the northern tip of Québec, each with its own history and tales. Anyone returning from a trip to Nunavik has stories as impressive as the length of the fish featured in the fishing tales they were regaled with!
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