Kuujjuaq Snow Park

Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (Québec)


Kuujjuaq is one of the rare northern destinations that still has visible trees. The community is set along a river whose current, coupled with the effect of the tide from Ungava Bay, makes for a pretty rough ride.  A few kilometers North is Stewart Lake, an ideal place to get initiated to paraski and start the move north toward the Ungava.

April 2010, Tommy Sequaluk and Raymond Koneak both from Kuujjuaq finish respectively third and fourth during the 2010 Arctic Wind Riders Championship. More

Kuujjuaq Wind Riders' Club

From January to the end of May, residents and visitors can take lessons or rent paraski equipment through the Club. 
Initiation course:  please email ro make reservation 
Equipment Rental: kites, harness, skis, boots and helmets
Club Manager: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   


Meaning: Great river
Population: 2250

Kuujjuaq, Nunavik's largest community, is located on the west shore of the Koksoak River, about 50 km upstream from Ungava Bay. Daily life in this community is closely tied to the mighty river. The ebb and flow of its tides are continually altering the landscape and they impose their rhythm on the practice of traditional summer activities.
The boreal forest is present around Kuujjuaq. Patches of black spruce and larch stand in marshy valleys. Kuujjuaq also witnesses annual migrations of the George River caribou herd. These animals pass through the region throughout August and September.
Kuujjuaq was known before by another name, that of Fort Chimo. 'Chimo' is a mispronunciation of the phrase saimuk, 'Let's shake hands!' Early fur traders were often welcomed with this phrase which they eventually adopted as the name of the trading post.