A Land of Contrasting Seasons
In summer, night never falls over the tundra. Whether hunting seal, beluga or walrus, fishing, or gathering foods, Inuit take advantage of the long days to carry out the time-honoured harvesting practices that have been passed on to them by their ancestors. The sea, in particular, has always been a rich source of food important to the survival of this people.
Summer is an ideal time to visit Nunavik. The region is alive with wildlife such as caribou doe and their newborn calves, as well as roaming black bear and musk-ox. Migratory waterfowl such as Canada geese and eider duck, which construct their nests on offshore islands and await the hatching of their young, make Nunavik their temporary home along with a panoply of other smaller birds.
Nunavik is a vast region, where the majestic tundra definitively overcomes the taiga forest.
In winter, though the sun rises for only a few brief hours, its rays make the snow-covered landscape sparkle brilliantly. Certainly, this season in Nunavik is quite unlike any other experience. The long, cold nights regularly offer Northerners a unique display. Throughout the star-filled sky, green, pink and purple Northern Lights weave and spin: flowing gently at first, then bursting into a scene of furious agitation, before calming once again.
Deepest winter is accompanied by clear skies and an average temperature of -25°C. In this clime, prudence must always be practised: a few short hours are more than enough time for the weather to erupt unexpectedly into a raging blizzard.