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NEWS: Nunavik May 26, 2016 - 11:30 am

Nunavik Parks entices weekend visitors this summer

Nunavik's fourth park, Ullittaniujalik, now official

SARAH ROGERS
Visitors can kayak and visit the cuestas in Richmond Gulf at Parc national Tursujuq this summer. Nunavik Parks is offering a limited number of weekend packages, with discounted rates for beneficiaries. ( BY STEEVE DUCHENES/NUNAVIK PARKS)
Visitors can kayak and visit the cuestas in Richmond Gulf at Parc national Tursujuq this summer. Nunavik Parks is offering a limited number of weekend packages, with discounted rates for beneficiaries. ( BY STEEVE DUCHENES/NUNAVIK PARKS)

Nunavik Parks is encouraging Nunavimmiut to get out and enjoy the region’s parks this year, with the return of its “Weekends in the Parks” summer packages.

For the second year in a row, Nunavik Parks is offering discovery packages at discounted prices to encourage Nunavimmiut to visit one of three provincial parks this summer: Parc national des Pingualuit near Kangiqsujuaq, Parc national Kuururjuaq near Kangiqsualujuaq and Parc national Tursujuq, outside of Umiujaq.

“The response generated by last summer’s Weekends in the Parks was outstanding,” said Patrick Graillon, assistant director of the Kativik Regional Government’s renewable resources, environment, lands and parks department, which oversees Nunavik Parks.

“Nunavimmiut have said they want to experience still more of all that our great parks have to offer and we’re proud to oblige.”

Nunavik is home to three of the most remote and largest parks in Quebec. But compared to parks elsewhere in Quebec, Nunavik’s parks still see a relatively low number of visitors — typically between 80 to 100 each year.

In 2015, Nunavik Parks launched a nine-weekend pilot project to encourage Nunavummiut to get out and see what its parks have to offer.

In 2016, Nunavik Parks is offering the packages on 13 different weekends from early July through to mid-September, when Nunavimmiut can hike the crater at Pingualuit; explore the Qurlutuarjuq falls along the Koroc River or visit the cuestas in Richmond Gulf at Tursujuq.

With the help of a park guide, visitors can also plan to plan to hike, canoe, kayak, camp or observe wildlife.

Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis by calling the park of your choice starting June 1 at 9:00 a.m. Registrations can include up to four participants.

Packages include return transportation to the parks by air charter (Pingualuit and Kuururjuaq only,) local guides and lodging. Visit http://www.nunavikparks.ca for package details.

Nunavik Parks may have a new offer in 2017 — the organization is celebrating the recent creation of its fourth park, Ullittaniujalik, or Monts-Pyramides in French.

Quebec’s National Assembly approved that park’s creation March 10.

Ullittaniujalik is located a little more than 100 kilometres south of Kangiqsualujjuaq, where Pyramid mountain itself sits 1,500 feet high.

Ullittaniujalik refers to the visible lines or high-water marks on the mountain, left by a glacial lake that used to over the region.

The new park is also home to one of Nunavik’s first outfitting camps, established by the late Bob May Sr. in the 1950s.

Nunavik also has a fifth park in the project phase: Baie-aux-Feuilles, which is located between Aupaluk and Tasiujaq.

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