Despite the immensity, however, this region only accounts for 0.5% of Quebec’s population. Located entirely on the Canadian Shield, north of the 49th parallel, the Nord-du-Québec region is distinct and without equal on the continent. It is bounded by Labrador and the North Shore to the east, the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Mauricie and Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions to the south, James Bay and Hudson’s Bay to the west, and Ungava Bay and the Arctic Ocean to the north. Some 80% of the islands off the coast of Hudson’s Bay and Ungava Bay actually belong to the Quebec Territory of Nunavik. The Nord-du-Québec is divided into two main tourist regions: Eeyou Istchee James Bay and Nunavik.

Lend an ear, open your eyes and take a big breath of fresh air. You’re entering a grandiose territory: Eeyou Istchee James Bay. As one of the last natural spaces virtually untouched by human influence, this tourist region provides its visitors with landscapes of impressively stark natural beauty. With countless lakes and rivers teeming with fish, and unparallelled wildlife and flora, the region—though austere-looking at first glance—reveals itself to be very welcoming to the intrepid souls who venture there. Though their land may be cold, Eeyou Istchee James Bay inhabitants will warm your heart with the festivals they hold.

As the northernmost territory and a tourist destination with no equal in the province, Nunavik will attract visitors with an insatiable taste for adventure. Defined as anything north of the 55th parallel, it guarantees a drastic change of pace for explorers avid for unmatched landscapes and encounters with the people who have been living here for thousands of years: the Inuit. You can have a taste of local culture by spending a night in an actual igloo and trying your hand at a little traditional hunting and fishing.

A thousand leagues away from the stress, traffic jams and blaring car horns of urban life, the Nord-du-Québec offers breathtaking sunsets and spectacularly starry nights. A northern oasis of multi-hued seclusion, this region features hundreds of kilometres of bike paths, as well as trails for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, all-terrain vehicle touring, snowmobiling and hiking. James Bay inspires adventure, conquest, fantasy and prosperity, and has done so for generations. The dream of wealth did indeed start with the fur trade in the days of the coureurs des bois. It was then followed by mineral exploration and mining, logging operations and hydroelectric development by the local forebears, followed more recently by regional economic diversification. Tourism, secondary processing, the service sector and the agri-food industry are the main drivers of the Nord-du-Québec economy.

Without a doubt, the Nord-du-Québec has a lot to offer its inhabitants. It’s the ideal place to settle for people wanting to live away from it all, in healthy harmony with nature.