Kuujuuarapik to Inukjuaq on Hudson Bay.
Stromatolites (fossil algae formations) on Manitounuk Sound.
While we were in a fog bank,
there was sunshine out on the bay.
Dave and Ann north of Umiujaq.
Beach campsite with typical grey sky.
Campsite north of the Goulet.
Looking into the Goulet,
the entrance to Richmond Gulf.
Northern campsite with the grass mowed by geese.
Waiting out the weather.
Hunkering down behind some rocks,
to have lunch out of the wind and rain.
Dave Brown photo.
Wendy on porphyry bedrock.
Wildflowers at a campsite.
Bad weather moving in.
A spooky day paddling in the the wind
and fog with an unfriendly shore.
Water pattern on sand.
Ann with a load of driftwood.
Wendy battening down the tent.
Cuestas not far from Inukjuaq.
Happy to be on shore!
Landing at Inukjuaq afer battling a strong wind.
"Dora the explorer" welcoming us to town.
Buying hats In Inukjuaq.
Al Stirt, Wendy Scott and Friends: Canoe Tripping in Northern Quebec and Labrador
We've paddled quite a few miles on Hudson Bay, using it as a way to gain access to the interior rivers we wanted to see. The logistics are fairly easy: Drive to Radisson and put our canoes and most of our gear on a freight flight to Kuujjuarapik on the coast. A day or two later, we could take a scheduled flight to the village.
We used Kuujjuarapik as a starting point for trips on the Larch, Leaf, Nastapoka and Clearwater Rivers, as well as for our trip up the coast to Inukjuaq.
The eastern shore of Hudson Bay between Kuujjuarapik and Umiujaq is very beautiful and, for such a large body of water, pretty friendly to canoeists. The shores are a succession of rocky points and headlands separated by protected coves with sand beaches. Offshore islands provide some protection from the worst of the weather. Many of these islands are cuestas (see the photo on the right), which provide a dramatic backdrop when you look toward the open expanse of the bay.
Plenty of freshwater streams enter the bay, but we still carried several gallons of fresh water with us in case the weather forced us to land at an inconvenient spot.
In 2007, when one of our team was recovering from surgery and wanted to avoid portaging, we travelled about 300 miles on Hudson Bay from Kuujjuarapik up to Inukjuaq.
North of Umiujaq, the coast became more rugged with fewer sandy beaches to use as sanctuaries from the wind. The few trees on the shoreline thinned out the further north we went. For most of the trip, we relied solely on driftwood for our fires. The country and weather conditions were more intimidating the further north we went.
I'm glad we did the trip, but I would probably not want to paddle the whole route again.