13 Photos That Prove Northern Quebec Is a Dream Travel Destination

Aurora Borealis in Northern Quebec | © Image Editor / Flickr
Aurora Borealis in Northern Quebec | © Image Editor / Flickr
Northern Quebec covers the Nord-du-Québec region, which is the largest—but least populous—administrative district in the province. Nord-du-Québec reaches from farmland in the south to the Arctic tundra in the north, covering over one million square kilometers. Here are 13 photos that show the rugged natural beauty of this northeastern corner of Canada.

Activities in this region abound for adventurous travelers, including hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, hiking, dog sledding, skiing, canoeing, and kayaking. There are also plenty of opportunities for watching the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights in Nunavik © Jason Samson/ Flickr

The Arctic part of Nord-du-Québec, Nunavik, covers about one-third of the region, and 90% of its residents are Inuit. Indeed, Nunavik means “great land” in the local dialect of Inuktitut, and it’s full of stark but stunning vistas like the one pictured below.

Views in Nunavik © Etienne Denis/ Flickr

In Nunavik during the summer months, the sun never goes down. In contrast, during the long winter months, the skies remain darkened—decorated with the dancing colors of the aurora borealis.

Northern Quebec © Ian Schofield/ Flickr

Other attractions in Northern Quebec include the North Shore Regional Museum, the three-kilometer-wide (two miles) Pingualuit Crater, and the George River, which is known for being a great spot for salmon and trout fishing.

Pingualuit Crater, Quebec © Public Domain/ WikiCommons

Nature, especially the extremely harsh winters, rules this region. The cold months are long, and even summer, with its ongoing sunshine, is edged short by northern frost.

Réservoir Caniapiscau, Northern Quebec © Axel Drainville / Flickr

Throughout Northern Quebec, you can also enjoy sightings of rare wildlife, such as the Northern Gannets, pictured below.

Northern Gannets, Quebec © Andrea Schaffer/ Flickr

Other sightings of rare species may include the adorable snow buntings, as shown below.

Snow buntings © Lucie Provencher / Flickr

Not to mention animals such as elk, timber wolves, coyotes, musk oxen, deer, Arctic foxes, caribou, bears, moose, and bison.

Moose © Michel Rathwell/ Flickr

In the region, you can also visit a historic site on Pamiok Island in Ungava Bay, which contains several longhouses and other stone structures that possibly have Viking origins.

Pamiok Island historic site © Lkovac / WikiCommons

The natural geography of this region is characterized by tundra and rock formations, as well as rivers and lakes, with very few trees.

Heading to Kashapuatshitik Lake along the George River, Quebec © Lester Kovac/ WikiCommons

If the deep north isn’t for you, heading to the southern shore of the St. Lawrence is still a dream travel experience. This region is not as remote, with the agricultural Bas-Saint-Laurent (Lower St. Lawrence).

Bas-Saint-Laurent, Quebec © Franck Michel/ Flickr

There’s also the rugged and beautiful Gaspé Peninsula, which is stunning in any season.

Gaspésie, Quebec © hebdromadaires / Flickr

Heading east, you can also travel out to the lovely Îles-de-la-Madeleine in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence.

Magdalen Islands, Quebec © brian Burke/ Flickr