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Post Number: 5
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 9:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

My partner and I wish to organize an expedition to the Pingualuit Crater situated 61N 73W in Northern Quebec.

First I wish to point out this is not a canoe trip.

Pingualuit Provincial Park has been under construction for several years. Recently a landing strip has been built but we do not know the status. The provincial plan has called for trails and platforms to accomodate visitors as well as shelters and permanent buildings. Again the information is sketchy. To our knowledge no regular service, air or ground, is yet available to the crater site. The only way to get there is by floatplane or helicopter from Kuujuaq, Quebec.

I have contacted Air Inuit on many occasions and their air charter service from Kuujuaq by Otter floatplane makes the park accessible. However the cost is prohibitive for only two people. The Otter can accommodate 9 people plus gear and is the most reliable means of transportation in that area. A charter there and back (drop off and pick up later)is about $13,000. CDN. Finding more people willing to go would make the trip possible.

The floatplane would set down on Lac Laflamme, about 4 KM from the crater itself.

To get to Kuujuaq from the south we have considered two possibilities. One is a commercial flight (about $2000 per person) from Montreal. The other is my partner's plane (non-commercial) to get to Kuujuaq from Labrador City. My partner has a 4-seater Cardinal which could do relays to Kuujuaq from Labrador City.

Car transportation may be available to get to Labrador City, our starting point. The trip to Labrador City from Montreal is about 16 hours so depending on what you want to do....

Our intended stay is about 1 week of exploration plus the travel time to and from. The target date is August 1, 2007 but this can be altered plus or minus 2 weeks to meet everyone's schedules. This is the only viable time of year to go because of weather conditions. The crater thaws in late July and freezes up in mid-August

At this point I want to open the forum to parties who might be interested in visiting Pingualuit Crater with an organized charter. I have an extensive database on the crater and my partner is an expert in impact craters.

This is a non-profit venture and an experience of a lifetime.

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Post Number: 2
Registered: 07-2007
Posted on Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 4:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

God, I always wanted to go there. I figured on going by commercial plane to what used to be called Wakem and go overland with gear and pack canoe and then canoe south eastward out to the sea. anyway, it's the same one called Chub Crater, right... have a great trip.
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Post Number: 8
Registered: 07-2007
Posted on Monday, October 15, 2007 - 7:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Did you end up going there?
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Post Number: 1
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2008 - 2:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Yes, they did. I met Freecam recently, and he told me the story. They flew in, but not directly from Kuujjuaq; they flew first to Kangiqsujuaq and then to the Crater (and yes, it is Chubb Crater).

I would like to get there with the canoe and then paddle down Vachon River to Payne River and then to Kangirsuk. It seems to be very complicated logistically, if feasible at all.

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