Operation Coordinator: Jessica Brousseau
Research development Coordinator: Marianne Valcourt
Station Manager:
Charles Gignac

TA/RA contacts:
Marianne Valcourt


Uapishka research Station. Owned by the Pessamit Innu Council and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Manicouagan-Uapishka..


The Station is located in Québec, Canada, region 09 (North-Shore-Manicouagan). Opening access to part of this previously little explored Nordic territory, the station is located in the heart of three protected areas, including the Uapishka Biodiversity Reserve. Provincial protected Area (IUCN Category II). The Station is located on the shore of one of the largest lake-reservoir of Québec and at the foot of the Uapishka mountain range (thirty peaks over 1000 meters). The range is the sixth largest for its altitude and the third largest alpine area in Quebec.


The Station is located at the hearth of the Boreal forest (large homogenous black spruce forests, where caribous, black bears, wolves and all typical animals from the boreal could be encountered), in the largest protected natural area of this type in Quebec, within the traditional ancestral territory (Nitassinan) of the Pessamit Innus and a territory designated by UNESCO. As well, the Station is built right on the shore of the Manicouagan lake, formed about 214 million years ago by the impact of a major meteorite. With a diameter of about 100 kilometers, the Manicouagan Astrobleme is the fourth largest crater in the world.


Positioned north of the 51st parallel, Uapishka Station provides a framework for Northern Studies, from the point of view of both basic and applied research. The availability of duly equipped scientific facilities and adjacent housing infrastructure makes this the only research station of its type in operation on the North Shore. Our organization aims to facilitate the presence of researchers in the region. The research station is composed at the main building of 9 singles rooms, 4 double rooms and 2 triple rooms that can accommodate a total of 23 people. There is a dining hall, meal service, rest area, a conference room, a reception room, perfect for your strategic retreats. There is a wireless internet, cable, telephone and television and an accessible for people with reduced mobility and an infirmary. On site, there are as well 2 dormitories, 3 prospectors’ camps and 2 small cabins.


Climate Change; Ecological Integrity of Nordic Ecosystems; Traditional and Contemporary Native Occupation; Boreal Forest; Social and Native Forestry; Energy Supply in Isolated Environments; Land Planning, Social Acceptability, and Northern Governance.


The nearest communities are Baie-Comeau (336 km south – 22 000 inhabitants) and Fermont (225 km North – 2500 inhabitants). There is also an Innu community (Indigenous community – 390 km south west – 4500).


The Uapishka Station is accessible in all seasons from Baie-Comeau by Route 389 (336km – 4,5 hrs drive), followed by a two-kilometer managed forest road. There is an airport in Baie-Comeau, connecting to Montréal and so any world destination.

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