Updated on March 16, 2017
This year, each one of our seven teams will have the chance to visit one of the three Nunavik national parks which are Parc national des Pingualuit, Parc national Kuururjuaq and Parc national Tursujuq. These expeditions will last a weekend each and will happen in February, March and April 2017. Our first team to visit Parc national Kuurujuaq was Kuujjuaq Team from February 17th to 20th.
On February 17th, Kuujjuaq Team landed in the village of Kangiqsualujjuaq around 9 am. Immediately, all team members left the plane to hop on snowmobiles to travel towards Parc national Kuururjuaq. All participants were marvelled at the sublime landscape of the Torngat Mountains National Park. On the way, the team already got started, alternating in between hunting and fishing, depending on the suitability of the areas for these activities. All participants were already smiling! After a break for lunch in the Qamanialuk area, the team headed to the camp of the Qurlutuarjuq area which is at around 100 km of the village of Kangiqsualujjuaq.
All participants settled in the camp, the tasks for the upcoming days were divided in between participants and the activities were prioritized according to the meteorological conditions of the upcoming days. After a first dinner, team games multiplied around the camp: hide and seek, singing, etc. The atmosphere was boosted!
On Saturday, the weather was favourable for the team to head to Mount Haywood by snowmobiles. The team headed to Paasukulavvik that is situated close to the border of Labrador to enjoy Torngat mountains’ slopes. This is where the team started its skiing day with a descent of a few hundred meters. Afterwards, the team members skied in the valley until they return to Koroc River. All participants came back amazed at the beauty of the aqua blue of the river and the range of mountains. All team members were drained from the day and crashed very early! Some were even sleeping at 6:30 pm and at 8:30 pm, the whole camp was snoring!
On the Sunday, Kuujjuaq Team was ready for a new challenge. So all participants head to the famous “Butt Crack” or the valley of “Caribou Heaven”. All team members put on snowshoes and started the ascent of a summit to admire the splendid landscape of the valley of the Koroc River and the cliff of the “Butt Crack”. After a very active half-day, since strong winds started to blow, the participants returned to the warmth of the camp for lunch. The team spent the rest of the day ptarmigan hunting. All the young participants came back as proud hunters with a few birds to share with their family. The last night at the camp was the occasion for the local guides to share their stories with the participants that all listened to them very carefully.
On Monday morning, it was already time to leave the camp. Before they left, all team members met to discuss how their stay in Parc national Kuururjuaq went. The young participants concluded that team work and respectful communication were very important for everyone’s well-being. This debriefing was part of the team’s preparation for this Spring expedition that arrives very soon!
The travel back from the camp of Qurlutuarjuq area and the village of Kangiqsualujjuaq was once again favourable for hunting and fishing. The team left the village of Kangiqsualujjuaq to return to Kuujjuaq on Monday night. When the plane finally landed around 10:30 pm in Kuujjuaq, everyone still cherished the magnificent landscapes they witnessed during the weekend but mostly all team members felt an even stronger feeling of belonging to this team and a certain excitement for the upcoming expedition!