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Nunavik’s 4th park inaugurated

At the hills before Tasiujaq Lake, eight kilometres from the Northern Village of Umiujaq. This is one entry point for Tursujuq Park for visitors to go kayaking and camping around the lake. For Inuit, it is a traditional place to go fishing and hunting. © Annie-Claude Roberge

Parc national Tursujuq was inaugurated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the park visitor pavilion in Umiujaq, Nunavik, at the end of October.

In attendance at the ceremony were: Chairperson of the Kativik Regional Government, Jennifer Munick; Québec Premier Philippe Couillard; the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Minister responsible for the Abitibi–Témiscamingue Region and the Nord-du-Québec Region, Luc Blanchette; the Minister responsible for Native Affairs, Geoffrey Kelley; the MNA for Ungava, Jean Boucher; and the Mayor of Umiujaq, Jack Niviaxie.
© Kativik Regional Government

Tursujuq is Nunavik’s fourth national park. Covering 26,107 km2, it is also Quebec’s largest. It is defined by Hudson cuestas, two immense lakes and the Nastapoka River. The protected area is also home to unique species of salmon, freshwater seal and beluga. Traces of human activity dating back 3,000 years have been discovered in the park, as well as Inuit and Cree trading posts.