Immerse yourself in the cultural and natural heritage of the Inuit people on one of these Inuit cultural tours in northern Quebec.
From Hudson Bay to the west, to Hudson Straight and Ungava Bay to the north, to the Torngat Mountains rising in the east - this is their land, their home, and the Nunavimmiut – the people of Nunavik - invite you to explore this little known region of northern Quebec for an unforgettable journey.
Learn about a culture steeped in ancient stories and traditions that have guided a people for a thousand years to thrive in one of the most challenging and unforgiving climates on earth. In a rare opportunity, the Inuit community of Puvirnituq and Kuujjuaq invites you to join themt o experience their seasonal activities and help you create a memorable, unforgettable story of your own.
Your guides offer an exceptional perspective of Kuujjuaq which reveals how the whole region buzzes with activity, providing the essential services to the local Inuit and to the entire population of Nunavik. Comfortably lodged at the co-op hotel, you will have the leisure to spend the week ambling through town, gaining understanding that would have been impossible without your guide. During your stay, you will of course also have the opportunity to gaze upon the spectacular aurora borealis sweeping across dark blue skies.
Kuujjuaq is south of Ungava Bay. With 2,400 residents, one can say that it is Nunavik's metropolis. So if you've been dreaming of going to the Arctic, in Kuujjuaq, you're already there. There are no roads that link Kuujjuaq to even its closest neighbour. In fact, none of the 14 villages in Nunavik are linked by roads. The only way to gain access is by snowmobile, dog-sled, plane or canoe. Goods are shipped there by boat in summer or by plane year-round. In Kuujjuaq, in the summertime, days are long with only four hours of darkness during the solstice, then at the winter solstice it is the opposite, with four short hours of sun.
Puvirnituq in the summer and the winter
This 4 day package is the perfect introduction for the non-tourist seeking a real travel experience – one in which to learn first hand the living natural and cultural history of the local Inuit who have, on the outer edge of the known world, carved themselves a place to call home. In a rare opportunity, the Inuit community of Puvirnituq invites you to join them for a day (or two) to experience their seasonal activities and help you create a memorable, unforgettable story of your own.
Absorb the sounds of arctic wildlife as traditional throat singers interpret them in their haunting, rhythmic melodies. Observe master carvers calling out mythical beings from blocks of stone, and then try your own hand at sculpting the forms of your imagination. Our guided tour of the village introduces you to many local personalities, and you will also have the opportunity to help local fisherman bring in their nets from the open water, or, depending on the season, from beneath the ice.
The nearly endless sunshine of summer is a time for hiking, camping, and berry picking amongst glimmering lakes set upon the wind swept tundra; the refreshingly crisp air of winter invites opportunities to travel by dog team and the chance to build - and sleep in - an igloo of your own. No two experiences are ever the same, and at all times of the year, the warmth and hospitality of your hosts will leave you wanting to come back for more.
The Big Three
This tour offers you an opportunity to see and photograph Quebec-Labrador's polar bear, musk-ox and caribou, the big three among the Arctic wildlife. We proudly present to you a dynamic circuit that will lead you into their remote lands, far from man's reach. Constantly in motion aboard a motorized canoe, you will see polar bears off the coast of Ungava Bay as well as musk-oxen on Diana Island where Eider ducks go to nest. At any moment during your stay in Nunavik, you might cross paths with herds of caribou that migrate at this time of year and you might see icebergs drifting offshore.
You will be lodged along the Payne River where you will see beluga whales, seals and thousands of gulls that reveal to the Inuit the best fishing spots for Arctic char as they head towards the sea in schools in the summertime. While in Kangirsuk Camp, you can go out on a hike into the tundra to discover arctic flowers adorned with tiny colourful fruit as you follow the path of the caribou and musk-oxen. In such surroundings, you will feel imbued with the nature of the North.
Your stay in Nunavik will include a visit to four villages that lie along the coast of Ungava Bay. You will travel by plane with Air Inuit and land in the villages of Quaqtaq, Kangirsuk, Tasiujaq and Kuujjuaq, the starting points to the magnificent scenery and wildlife of Nunavik. When you return from Nunavik, you will leave behind a part of yourself and take home memories that will live forever.