KUUJJUAQ A Canadian Lifeline

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Describing Kuujjuaq Airport as remote hardly does it justice, as Sebastian Schmitz discovers on a trip to Nunavik in the far north of Canada.

A pair of Air Inuit de Havilland Canada Dash 8-Q300s await their next flights, to Salluit and Montréal respectively. All photos author

Statistics give a real feeling of how vital Kuujjuaq Airport (IATA: YVP, ICAO: CVYP) is to the people who live in the Canadian town and its vast rural hinterland.

It has a population of just under 3,000 and is the largest settlement and capital of Nunavik, a territory that comprises about one third of the Province of Québec.

Nunavik is the homeland for the Inuit people of Québec, covering a land area of 171,308sq miles (443,685sq km). It is about the size of Iraq and far larger than the UK, Italy or even Germany Yet, only around 12,000 people live in this vast space, most in small settlements dotted along the coasts of the Hudson Bay, the Hudson Strait (which leads to the Atlantic Ocean) or the Ungava Bay.

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