ulittaniujalik

Ulittaniujalik

Located near Ungava Bay, as proposed, this national park would include a total area of 5289 km2, making it one of Québec’s largest parks.

Québec may soon have a new national park in Nunavik, to be known as Parc National des Mont-Pyramides or Ulittaniujalik, its Inuit name, which may become official. It will permanently protect a significant portion of the Rivière George, a river of legendary status among salmon-fishing and outdoor enthusiasts alike, which was marked for development by Hydro-Québec a few years ago. The future park will protect landscapes representative of forest tundra and shrub tundra, as well as the spectacular Pic Pyramide, a mountain whose stepped sides reveal fossil traces of the ancient shorelines of Lake Naskaupi, formed some 7600 years ago at the time the glaciers melted.

Once it becomes official, this national park will complete a long conservation corridor that stretches from the north-east point of the Québec-Labrador Peninsula to the Schefferville region, 600 km further south. With the exception of a 20-km interval, the conservation corridor (see map) will connect the Torngats Mountains National Park, the Parc National Kuururjuaq, the Parc National des Monts-Pyramides project and the land reserved for the Rivière-George protected area. Together, these areas will create a vast network of 27,400 km2 that will contribute to the protection of critical habitats for the Rivière-George caribou herd and for Atlantic salmon. Once complete, it will be the longest conservation corridor within the Québec-Labrador peninsula.  

CPAWS Québec is delighted with the rapid progress this national park project has been making since its initiation. The excellent collaboration between the Inuit, the Naskapis and government agencies bodes very well for the future network of parks in Nunavik.