Pingualuit National Park
Pingualuit National Park, located in the Nunavik region, and open year round is home to Pingualuit millennial Crater. The Nunavik region conceals many natural beauties, hence the importance of preserving its fauna and flora, as well as its geological formations.
The Pingualuit national park was created thus on the site of a crater, formed after the fall of a giant meteorite. The park was created in 2003 by the Quebec government, but it was officially inaugurated in winter 2008. Between 1950 and 1968, this Pingualuit crater was known under the name Chubb Crater.
From 1968 to 1999, it was called New Quebec Crater. Since 1999, it took its original name back, which had been given by the Inuit and means “where earth rises”.
The Pingualuit crater is 3.4 kilometres in diameter and 400 metres deep. A very deep Pingualuk Lake bears pure and clear water. Only rain and snow feed the lake. In addition to having Pingualuit as its main interest centre, the park conceals numerous lakes and tundra surrounding the crater.
The village of Kangiqsujuaq, located at 88 kilometres from the Pingualuit Crater, is the starting point for the excursions to the Pingualuit national park.