Walker Lake is part of the Port-Cartier-Sept-Îles Wildlife Reserve, approximately 30 kilometres west of the town of Port-Cartier. At 280 metres, it is the deepest lake in Quebec. Its spectacular vistas make it a remarkable site, with strong recreational tourism potential that would benefit significantly from further development and protection.
Why protect this place?
The plan to create Walker Lake National Park, covering an area of 1 479 km2, has been under consideration for 15 years. The area lies in the heart of the boreal forest, in the hollow of large glacial valleys whose slopes are delimited by rocky escarpments offering the most spectacular panoramas for miles around. Creating this national park, including the 635 km2 of existing proposed biodiversity reserve, would add 844 km2 of terrestrial protected area to the region. This project, which is strongly supported by the local population, would be a major asset for local tourism, generating many positive socioeconomic benefits for the region and beyond.
Creating Walker Lake National Park would also protect part of the range of the woodland caribou, designated a vulnerable species in Quebec.
Protection d’un écosystème forestier exceptionnel, la forêt ancienne du Lac-Larry.
Un premier parc national du Québec sur la Côte-Nord : un milieu naturel de proximité pour les habitants de Port-Cartier et Sept-Îles
Le lac le plus profond au Québec : des caractéristiques géologiques et des paysages uniques
Un potentiel remarquable d’activités scientifiques axées sur la géologie unique du site
CPAWS Quebec’s work
The park project was suspended by the Quebec government in the summer of 2020. In close collaboration with local stakeholders, CPAWS Quebec is currently working to implement awareness and reflection activities to emphasize the relevance and importance of the Walker Lake park creation project, especially to decision makers.
The second part of this project is being carried out with stakeholders in the tourism sector, highlighting the treasures of the Côte-Nord region as part of the Quebec tourism strategy north of the 49th parallel.