Vachon River Expedition
From Pingualuit Crater > Vachon River > Ungava
Laco Kovac and Lynette Chubb
A July 2010 expedition to document, through photos and video, and map the Vachon River canoeing route for future adventurous visitors to the new Pingualuit National Park.
Laco and Lynette paddle the rapids on the Vachon River
Laco Kovac and Lynette Chubb like to canoe and map "less travelled" yet spectacular routes. Over the last few years, their focus has converged on Northern Quebec and Nunavik, a canoescape relatively unpaddled by others.
The Vachon River rises from the lakes at the base of Pingualuit Crater — an impact crater originally named Chubb Crater (1950’s-60’s) after diamond prospector Frederick W. Chubb. The Crater, visible from space, was renamed "Cratere du Nouveau Quebec" in the 70's, and has now finally reverted to it's truly original Inuit name "Pingualuit".
The establishment of Pingualuit National Park in 2008 provided easier access to the Crater with regularly scheduled charter flights from Park headquarters in Kuujjuaq.
The Vachon River is a continuous drop and pool river — rapid after rapid — many of them quite challenging. It joins the Payne River downstream which is strongly affected by the world-record Ungava tides.
The expedition ended at Kangirsuk on July 29, 2010.
Read more in Laco’s and Lynette report.
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