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Calendar of Events

 

Nunavik Tourism Association is pleased to keep you informed
of the many interesting upcoming events.  Click on the links of the events listed below or contact the event organizers at the number indicated below to learn more about each event, or contact us directly.

If you would like your event listed here, please contact info@nunavik-tourism.com.



March 18, 2013 (Start)
Ivakkak Dog Team Race (Kuujjuaraapik to Puvirnituq)
A true celebration of Inuit culture, this regional race visits a number of Nunavik communities each year, covering over 400 kilometres, to promote the traditional way of dog sledding and the return of pure-breed Inuit husky dogs in Nunavik.For more information, contact the Makivik Corporation at 819-964-2925 in Kuujjuaq, at 514-745-8880 in Montreal or 1-800-361-7052 toll free,
or check out www.ivakkak.com




March 25-30, 2013
Puvirnituq Snow Festival
Held every two years, this week-long celebration of Inuit traditions brings together Inuit from all around Nunavik to Puvirnituq, to participate in traditional outdoor games and competitions of all sorts, including its famous snow and ice sculptures contests, where Inuit legends impressively take shape in their most natural element. Every evening, Nunavimmiut and visitors alike can also enjoy an array of music, dance and artistic performances.For more information, contact the Northern Village of Puvirnituq at 819-988-2825
or check out www.soleica.ca/snowFestival



April 1st, 2013 (Easter Monday)
Easter Games and Snowmobile Race of Kuujjuaq
Each year around Easter, the residents of Kuujjuaq gather to watch or compete in snowmobile races and a variety of traditional outdoor games, fishing and hunting contests.
For more information, contact Betsy Berthe at 819-964-6538 or Sammy Koneak at 819-964-6539, or check out www.nvkuujjuaq.ca


July 1st of each year
Canada Day Festivities
(in all Nunavik communities)

July to August 2013
Eastern Arctic Summer Games
(Kangiqsujuaq)
Every two years, athletes from all around Nunavik gather in one of the region’s communities to test their skills at traditional Inuit games and other sports.



August 13-16, 2013
Aqpik Jam Music Festival of Kuujjuaq

This annual gathering named after the cloudberry (aqpik in Inuktitut), which is plentiful in this part of Nunavik at that time of year, together with berry-picking contests and other outdoor activities and games, brings together musicians and performers from all around the circumpolar world (Nunavik, Nunavut, Alaska and Greenland), as well as from Southern Canada, to entertain Kuujjuaq residents and visitors alike with astonishing performances, from throat-singing and drum dancing to country, rock and even hip-hop.
For more information, contact Sarah Berthe at missberthe@hotmail.com or check out www.nvkuujjuaq.ca or the event's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/aqpikjam


August 19-24, 2013
Blueberry Festival of Umiujaq
Held every two years, this festival welcomes music performers from all around Nunavik, which, together with berry-picking contests and other outdoor activities during the day, make for a fun time.
For more information, contact Markossie Tookalook at 819-331-7346



August 30 - September 2, 2013
Wild Berry Festival of Kuujjuaraapik
Held for the first time this year, this new festival is a celebration of the berry picking season, with all kinds of berry picking contests and other games held during the day, topped off by Nunavimmiut music performances in the evening.
For more information, contact the Kuujjuaraapik Radio Committee at 819-929-3321

Fall 2013
Taivititut Gospel Music Festival of Salluit

Every year, gospel performers from all over the North gather in Salluit to celebrate their faith with wonderful music and songs.
For more information, contact Ittuvik Saviadjuk at the Northern Village of Salluit at 819-255-8953.

Christmas Candy Drop of Kuujjuaq
A tradition initiated in 1965 by Johnny May, a well known local pilot, the Candy Drop is something that the residents of Kuujjuaq look forward to each year during the Holidays. On Christmas day, around noon, Johnny May’s small plane flies over a field where everybody is gathered to try and catch the candies and various gifts dropped by Kuujjuaq’s very own Santa.
For more information, contact Johnny May at 819-964-2815 or check out www.nvkuujjuaq.ca


March 2014
Cain’s Quest Snowmobile Endurance Race
Covering more than 2500 km from Labrador City and back, and now passing through Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, this race is the longest of its kind in Canada and a true northern adventure in which the teams of 2 racers push body and machine to the limits, day and night, in deep snow, thick wooded areas and wide open frozen lakes, keeping race fans on the edge of their seat. 
For more information, call 709-944-5011or check out www.cainsquest.com



July 2014
Arctic Char Festival of Kangirsuk
Held every two years, this festival celebrates Arctic Char, an almost exclusively Northern fish which the neighbouring Payne River teams with. For the occasion, fishing contests of all kinds, as well as other outdoor activities and games are organized each day, which end late at night with musical entertainment by performers from all around Nunavik and other places alike.
For more information, contact the Northern Village of Kangirsuk at 819-935-4388.


NOTE: All dates and locations of events listed above may be subject to change. Please contact the organization or Northern Village in charge, or the Nunavik Tourism Association before finalizing any travel arrangements.