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Parc national Tursujuq 

Photo Stéphane Cossette, MDDEFP
Photo Stéphane Cossette, MDDEFP
 
Stéphane Cossette, Nathalie Girard et Alain Thibault, MDDEFP
Covering an area of 1,226 km2, the lac à l’Eau Claire is the second-biggest lake in Québec.
Stéphane Cossette, Nathalie Girard et Alain Thibault, MDDEFP
A sample of the most imposing system of cuestas (asymmetrical hills) in Québec is being preserved.
 
Stéphane Cossette, Nathalie Girard et Alain Thibault, MDDEFP
Rivière à l’Eau Claire falls
 
Stéphane Cossette, Nathalie Girard et Alain Thibault, MDDEFP
Rivière Nastapoka falls

The parc national Tursujuq officially came into being on July 18, 2013. It is the third national park to be established in Nunavik. It is not only the biggest in Québec but also the biggest in eastern continental North America.

The territory of the Parc national Tursujuq covers 26 106,7 km2 on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay. The territory itself is immense in size and includes exceptional natural attractions. To the west is the 700 sq. km. Lake Guillaume-Delisle, a brackish body of tidal water with a seal and beluga population. The unusual coastal relief of unsymmetrical hills called cuestas offers a major visual feature with a spectacular panorama. This is the highest system of cuestas found in Québec, a portion of which is protected by this national park. To the east, Lake à l’Eau-Claire, made up of two circular basins, is the result of a twin meteorite impact that took place some 287 million years ago. With a surface area of 1,226 sq. km., it is the second biggest natural lake in Québec after Lake Mistassini. Impressive rivers dotted by numerous falls and cascades criss-cross the plateau that connects these two remarkable bodies of water. The Parc national Tursujuq is located in the transition zone between the boreal forest and the tundra, with its immense peat bogs and scattered permafrost.

In response to a request by the Inuit and Cree since the outset of the process of establishing the national park, almost all of the drainage basin of the Rivière Nastapoka, i.e. roughly 10 000 km2, was added to the territory of the park. The mouth of the Rivière Nastapoka is an area of considerable value from the standpoint of traditional cultural activities and is frequented by beluga whales. This whale population is likely to be designated as a threatened or vulnerable species in Québec.

Human presence in the region dates back over 3,000 years and a remarkable variety of vestiges of occupation remains that bear witness to frequent passage by both Inuit and Cree. Trading posts were also established here at various times by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Many of today’s Inuit and Cree inhabitants have good knowledge of this territory that abounds in resources, and still live off the land, carrying on ancestral traditions and passing their knowledge on to younger generations.

DOCUMENTATION

Inuktitut version   Cri version

Paper copies of these documents are available from the Ministère Information Centre:

Telephone: 418 521-3830
1 800 561-1616 (toll-free)
Fax: 418 646-5974
E-mail: info@mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca

Pursuant to the Parks Act, the Ministère will hold public hearings to become acquainted with the points of view of individuals and organizations interested in the project of creating this new park in Nunavik. The public hearings will be held in Umiujaq on June 16–17, 2008 and in Kuujjuarapik–Whapmagoostui on June 18–19, 2008.

During the hearings, 10 briefs were submitted. An additional 49 unsolicited views were presented.

  • Transcripts
    • June 16, 2008 session (French, PDF file, 126 ko)
    • June 17, 2008 session (French, PDF file , 66 ko)
    • June 18, 2000 session (French, PDF file, 171 ko)


     

  • Briefs
    1. Harold Geltman, June 2, 2008, 13 p. (French, PDF file, 883 ko)
    2. Clearwater Lake Adventure Club, June 5, 2008, 15 p. ( PDF file, 1,3 Mo)
    3. Centre d'études nordiques, June 8, 2008, 8p. (French, PDF file, 27 ko)
    4. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, June 9, 2008, 11 p. (French, PDF file, 70 ko)
    5. Hydro-Québec, June 10 2008, 5 p. (French, PDF file, 1,4 Mo)
    6. Nature Québec, June 13 2008, 8 p. (French, PDF file, 740 ko)
    7. Canadian Boreal Initiative, June 16, 2008, 6 p. ( PDF file, 89 ko)
    8. Makivik Corporation, June 17, 2008, 8 p. ( PDF file, 213 ko)
    9. Regroupement national des conseil régionaux de l'environnement du Québec (RNCREQ), June 26, 2008, 21 p. (French, PDF file, 44 ko), annex  (French, PDF file, 3,2 Mo)
    10. Cree Regional Authority, June 26, 2008, 11 p. ( PDF file, 68 ko)

  • Hearings Report by Johnny N. Adams (PDF file, 3,7 Mo)
     

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