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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.

Mount Caubvick
1,652 metres
5,420 feet
Mount Caubvick, Newfoundland
  · Very remote: access is by float plane or boat,
  and then a hike in to either a South or North

1,652 m, 5,420 f
58° 43' 00” N, 63° 43' 00” W
O14L13 Cirque Mountain 14 M/4 Nachvak Fiord
Very limited time, usually best in summer (July & August)
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CAPITAL: St. John's, Newfoundland
PROVINCIAL BIRD: Atlantic Puffin
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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.

  Mount Caubvick, Newfoundland


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 cost $1000/return.
Alternative Route
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.). Learn More >>