Newfoundland & Labrador - Mount Caubvick
Mt. Caubvick is the highest mountain
in the Torngat Mountains, located on the northern tip of Labrador
and eastern Quebec called the Ungava peninsula. The mass of Mount
Caubvick is on the border between Quebec and the province of Newfoundland
and Labrador. The Torngats are part of a 22,000 square kilometer
protected wilderness area that is in the process of becoming a
National Park. The park is home to one of the largest herds of
Caribou on earth (in excess of 300,000), golden and bald eagles,
wolves, black bears, the occasional polar bear, peregrine falcons
and the endangered Harlequin duck.
||· Very remote: access is by float plane or boat,
and then a hike in to either a South or North
In the Torngat Mountains in Labrador, the range extends
northward for 120 m/ 190 km from Hebron Fjord to Cape Chidley,
between the Quebec border (west) and the Atlantic Ocean
(east). Named from an Eskimo (Inuit) term Torngarsuak, meaning
“ruler of all sea animals,” the mountains are
sometimes locally referred to as Devil Mountains, or “home
of the spirits.” Inuit called it "torngat"
after their god of wind and storm.
The peak is located on the peninsula of land that divides
the Atlantic Ocean from Ungava Bay. The peak is right
on the divide, south of Nachvak Fiord, and north of the
Korok River. The peak is one of the few in the area with
glaciers. Its northern slopes drain into Nachvak Fiord
(Atlantic Ocean), and its southern slopes into the Korak
River which flows east to Ungava Bay. It is the highest
mountain in both Quebec and Newfoundland Labrador). In
Quebec the peak is known as Mont d'Iberville. The peak
has three main ridges: The Minaret and Korak, which form
the border, and the steep north ridge known as the Newfoundland
ridge. Most parties use a rope for the last few pitches.
Before 1971 it was believed that Cirque Mountain was
the highest peak east of the Rockies and south of Baffin
Island. This was based on a measurement by A.P Coleman,
who made the first ascent in 1916. In August 1971 it was
christened "Mont d'Iberville" in honor of Pierre
Le Moyne d'Iberville. This name angered residents of Newfoundland
because he had lead many ruthless expeditions against
them, including one in 1696 against the Avalon Peninsula.
While still known as Mont I'berville, it was climbed in
1973 by an overland expedition by Goetze and Adler.
Same as Mount D'Iberville, Quebec. Drive to Goose Bay,
Newfoundland, take a PAL flight to Nain and charter a boat
to Nachvak Fjord. Requires 2 days of travel and a 7 month
advance reservation. Boat would return in 7 days for pickup.
Climb to summit would take approximately 4 or 5 days. Estimated
For a different approach and climb,
check out the route taken by the CanaTREK Summits of Canada
Team in July & August, 2014. This requires flying in
to the headwaters of the Koroc River via Twin Otter plane.
The flight can be scheduled from Kangiqsualujjuaq (George
River). Summit route used the Koroc Ridge, and descent was
along the Minaret Ridge. See details including planning
resources/guides, photos, and an interactive GIS map (with
GPS marked route, topographic and satellite views, etc.).