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Thematic Photographic Workshops

Given the immense photographic potential of the Ungava region, Inukshuk Lodge is expanding its activities to include thematic photographic workshops. We collaborate with Yves Demers, animal photographer and man of the North who will guide and accompany you in your northern experiences.

In 2018, we worked on the preparation of workshops on animal and plant life and landscapes of Ungava Bay.

We welcome groups of six people. Basic to experienced level. The territory offers a lot to inspire photographers, landscapes, fauna, flora, nights without parasitic light, sea and icebergs.

The stay takes place according to a pre-established schedule that remains flexible, taking into account the weather conditions and opportunities that arise.

Topics will include: Equipment, basic techniques (aperture, speed, sensitivity), gusts, long exposures, night photography (overflight), filters, background, focus, white balance, staging, animal photography, post processing: contrast, cropping, sharpness and colors.

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The people from Black Point

Johnny and Louisa May are perpetuating the Black Point tradition

Black Point is very sparsely populated and only two months a year. From July to the end of August, the Black Rock Point is the setting for certain human activities. Inuit and whites harmoniously share this portion of the territory. There is the Inukshuk Lodge, which has recently been revived with fishing, trekking and photo safaris. There is also (and especially) an Inuit camp located directly at this black point. This is an Inuit family that comes to spend their summer holidays there. A long time ago, during a hunt with his father, the head of the family and an authentic Nunavik legend. Mr. Johnny May, identified this site which presented all the necessary characteristics to set up there. Deep water and sheltered bay to anchor boats, potentially a good place for fishing, large flat land that could be used as an airfield and drinking water, he made it his summer quarter.

The tides rhythm the family’s life

Since then, this place has been the site of the annual family event. At the heights of the holidays, there are about thirty people and a few dogs. Most of them come by plane and others by boat. They take the opportunity to stock up on fish and bushmeat, the place lends itself well to that, it must be said. Nets for Arctic char are set up and visited daily, calm days are used to hunt seals at sea and some small game hunting on the tundra represents all harvesting activities. What may be most important in these activities, however, is perhaps the family connections. Fathers teach their children or grandchildren how to handle firearms and fish, women demonstrate to younger children the techniques of preparing meat and fish, smoking and drying, in short, life as they lived it with their own parents. It is the perpetuation of traditions.

As I zoomed in, I realized it was a weapon. 

Alors que je regardais mes photos d’enfants jouant dans la toundra, j’ai remarqué que l’un d’eux transportait un objet long et mince. En agrandissant, je me suis rendu compte que c’était une arme à feu. Le jeune devait bien avoir une dizaine d’années et c’était lui qui était responsable de la sécurité du groupe. Il devait assurer la sécurité de ses camarades s’il voyait un ours polaire, à 10 ans! L’arme à feu n’est pas un jouet ni un objet tabou pour les Inuits, elle est nécessaire pour la survie et ils apprennent très tôt à s’en servir. Par la suite, j’ai remarqué que dans chacun des groupes d’enfants que j’ai vu jouer dans la toundra, il y en avait toujours un qui portait une arme. Les parents ne laisseraient pas les enfants s’éloigner du campement sans qu’il y en ait un d’armé.

En revenant au campement en fin de journée, mon regard est attiré par un bâton court, planté à la verticale. Je ne souviens pas de l’avoir vu là auparavant. Il faut dire qu’il n’y a pas beaucoup de bois à cet endroit. En m’approchant pour satisfaire ma curiosité, je tombe sur… des bâtons et balles de golf! Oui, les Inuits avaient joué au golf cette journée-là. Le terrain plat et la végétation courte forment un terrain fort acceptable, le bâton à la verticale indiquait un trou. Je l’admet, le terrain est propice mais je ne m’attendais pas à ça.

Il est toujours agréable et instructif d’avoir la visite au camp d’un ou d’une des membres de la famille. Leurs histoires me donnent toujours le goût d’en entendre une autre, je suis inlassable. Dans ces histoires il est des choses vraiment incroyables comme cet homme à demi-fou retrouvé après deux mois perdu dans la toundra, l’atterissage forcé de Johnny et sa fille qui s’est soldé sans blessure aucune mais qui s’est terminé par un rapatriement du petit avion par hélicoptère jusqu’à Kuujjuaq. L’avion qui coule après que la glace ait cédé, le flotteur perdu en plein vol, les chiens de traîneaux morts et le retour pénible dans la neige de Johnny et son père, la tradition annuelle du « Candy drop ». Je vous conseille fortement de visionner l’excellent film « Les ailes de Johnny May » disponible en téléchargement sur le site de l’ONF. Il résume bien la vie de cet homme et de sa famille et il décrit très bien l’ambiance du Nunavut.

Avec toute cette histoire, Black Point pourrait être considéré un jour comme un site patrimonial du territoire que je n’en serais pas surpris.    

Fishing Nunavik Northern Quebec

Arctic char on the fly

Episode 2/4, by Colin McKeown

Once we arrived at a specified location such as an island, then we broke out our fly fishing gear. Here you need to bring good quality rods and reels that can take the punishment of saltwater and large fish that seemingly never tire. Our go-to setup was a nine foot fast-action rod in a nine weight married to a large arbor reel. Ensure you have lots of backing of 50lb test as these char will definitely test your equipment with their powerful runs. You absolutely need a good quality drag system, preferably one with a sealed system.

Large arbor reel

My favourite line to use was the RIO InTouch Sinktip with a 600 grain 24 foot head

The large arbor will come into play when the fish often run directly at you and pick up of line must be quick. The flylines we are used were full-sink and long sink-tips. Both worked well if the sinking rate was five inches per second or greater. My favourite line to use was the RIO InTouch Sinktip with a 600 grain 24 foot head. This line was easy to cast in heavy winds and got the fly down quickly in the water column. You don’t need long leaders here, just a six foot piece of heavy mono or tippet of 1x or 2x size. You want at least a 15lb rating for the tippet as the char will often slam the flies with gusto and break-offs can occur with lighter systems. The flies we used were streamers and large green woolly buggers. However, the lodge will give you recommendations on what to bring plus the guides will have some flies for you to use.

Arctic fox hunting in the toundra

It hard to describe in a short article all that makes this unique land so very special. Lemmings running around everywhere, the aqua-blue color of the water in bays or even spotting a beautiful flower hanging precariously on the side of rock wall, this is all why coming to Nunavik and Inukshuk Lodge is so very very special. If you have a bucket list of places to go before you die, then you absolutely must add this lodge in one of the last pristine wildernesses left in the world.

Fishing Nunavik Northern Quebec

Arctic char on the fly

Episode 1/4, by Colin McKeown

This season we visited one lodge that was unquestionably in the top five places we have ever had the pleasure to fish…Inukshuk Lodge in Nunavik. Owned and operated by Paul Ostiguy in Montreal, this unique lodge in nestled on the rugged shores of Ungava Bay in northern Quebec. The reason for this superior rating can best be summed up the word Supernatural. In our opinion, this is the ultimate total fishing experience. Casting flies for huge and hard fighting Arctic Char that average 10-14 pounds, seeing seals, polar bears and whales…. this is all part of the exceptional experiences you get at this very special lodge.

Pitsic traditionnal inuit dry Artic char

Less than 4 hours to Montreal to fish  from the edge of Ungava Bay.

Your journey begins when you fly to Montreal and catch the flight to the small town of Kuujjuaq in Nunavik (Nunavik is Quebec’s arctic region). This wonderful town is populated by Nunavik Inuit who will welcome you warmly to their corner of the world, introducing you to the distinctive characteristics of their cultural and linguistic heritage, art and history, as well as traditional clothing and tools. You are now in the land of wild tundra, taiga forest, scenic mountains, majestic rivers and countless lakes. After a short flight of 45 minutes you will land at Black point track. Less than 4 hours to Montreal to fish  from the edge of Ungava Bay

Ungava Bay sea run Brook Trout

There are three species of fish that you can angle for at Inukshuk Lodge: Brook Trout, Atlantic Salmon and Arctic Char. We came for the large Arctic Char, which run up local rivers to spawn in late August or early September. We came in the first week of August when the char were cruising around the bay’s many sea islands hunting for krill and baitfish. These are really big fish that are exceptionally strong. Our average Arctic Char weighed approximately 10-12 pounds with our largest of the week coming in around 22+ pounds. In some locations we also spotted Sea-Run Brook Trout, which we cast to, with some success. Atlantic Salmon can also be caught in the saltwater in certain locations; they too are busy feeding on krill and baitifish called Lances.

Availables dates 2019

The booking for the next season is open

Availables dates for 2019 – 6 persons per week

28 June – 5 July : 6 persons
5 July – 12 July : 6 persons
12 July – 19 July : 6 persons
19 July – 26 July : 6 persons
26 July – 2 August : 6 persons
2 August – 9 August : 6 persons
9 August – 16 August : 6 persons
16 August – 23 August : 6 persons

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Inukshuk Lodge – Nunavik, Northern Quebec – The New Fly Fisher Magazine

Inukshuk Lodge – Nunavik, Northern Quebec

Imagine casting flies for huge and hard fighting Arctic char that average 10-14 pounds, while watching seals, polar bears and whales…all part of the exceptional experience you get at this very special lodge.
For seventeen years we’ve had the privilege of producing The New Fly Fisher TV show for anglers throughout the world. In that time we have visited literally hundreds of lodges and outfitters throughout North America, Chile and the Caribbean. This season we visited one lodge that was unquestionably in the top five places we have ever had the pleasure to fish…Inukshuk Lodge in Nunavik. Owned and operated by Paul Ostiguy of Montreal, this unique lodge is nestled on the rugged shores of Ungava Bay in northern Quebec. The reason for this superior rating can best be summed up by the word: phenomenal. In our opinion, this is the ultimate total fishing experience.

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Le Nunavik, terre de promesse pour la pêche de l’omble chevalier arctique appelé Arctique Char.

Le Nunavik, terre de promesse pour la pêche de l’omble chevalier arctique appelé Arctique Char.

Notre avion vient de quitter le tarmac pour rejoindre Black point 40 minutes au nord-est de Kuujjuaq. Nous avons deviné à travers la brume la piste d’Inukshuk Loge juste avant que le Otter nous dépose sur notre terre promise. Nous sommes accueillis par Johnny May et sa famille. Véritable légende vivante, il est le premier aviateur inuit au Nunavik et détenteur de plus de 40 000 heures de vol. Enfants et adultes ont maintenant chargé nos bagages et les 4 roues roulent déjà vers le lodge.

Nous sommes venus ici pour l’Arctique Char dont la livrée orange des mâles lors du frai attire les pêcheurs du monde entier. Réputé pour être un combattant puissant, l’omble chevalier arctique chasse en banc de quelques dizaines d’individus dans les millions de lançons qui peuplent la baie d’Ungava.

Le premier jour est consacré à la préparation de notre matériel et à la planification de sorties compte tenu des marées. En effet, avec des hauteurs pouvant aller jusqu’à 44 pieds, le relief change complètement. L’immensité de la baie d’Ungava à marée haute laisse la place une multitude d’ilots à marée basse qui rendent la navigation très dangereuse. Demain nous partons pour la première journée, je vais avoir l’immense privilège de pêcher avec Jeff Currier.

Nous utilisons des cannes 9 pieds avec des moulinets garnis de 150 m de backing et une soie de 8 plongeante 300 grains Scientific Anglers. Nos bas de ligne sont des tippets 15 lbs.

Nous prenons la direction de Duck Island lieu répertorié comme très productif. Après 15 minutes nous sommes déjà sur les lieux, nos premières dérives démontrent que la place est bonne. Nous repérons des chars qui suivent nos mouches. L’eau est extrêmement claire et le bord blanc typique des nageoires ne laissent pas la place aux doutes. Nous effectuons des dérives avec le bateau parallèlement à l’ilot dans un courant puissant. Les chars suivent nos streamers imitant le lançon. Jeff a préparé un montage à deux mouches en tandem avec un wooly bugger violet en tête et d’un streamer argenté en pointe.

Après plusieurs dérives sans plus de succès, nous partons vers pigeons Island.

Dès notre arrivée, nous assistons à un ballet des guillemots. Nous constatons qu’ils quittent l’ilet rocheux pour plonger en quête de lançons. Ce manège témoigne d’une grosse activité. Pour nous, c’est clair ! Il doit y avoir des arctiques Chars en dessous.

Après quelques minutes notre intuition devient coup gagnant. Nous prenons coup sur coup plusieurs poissons. Jeff fait même deux doublés. Notre après-midi est rythmé par les nombreux bancs d’ombles chevaliers qui rôdent autour des bancs de lançons. Leurs apparitions sont synonymes de succès. Nous capturons chacun plus d’une dizaine de poissons.