Application for a special event permit to allow a snowmobile event to pass through Akami-uapisku - KakKasuak - Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve

Cain's Quest is a snowmobile race held biannually during early March in central and southern Labrador. Up to 50 two-person teams will come from all over the world to participate in this endurance event, which covers approximately 3100 kilometers through the Labrador wilderness. Two segments of the proposed 2020 route pass through Akami-uapisku – KakKasuak – Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve; an eastern segment is 85.3 kilometers long, while the western segment is 16. 5 kilometers long, and the designated routes will be 20 meters wide. These segments provide safe routes that will allow participants to avoid dangerous ice conditions along the coast of Labrador, and connect the event to the communities of Rigolet and Cartwright. Use of these routes predates park establishment. These segments follow existing snowmobile trails and will be mandatory routes agreed upon by Cain's Quest organizers and Parks Canada; guided by GPS, racers will not be permitted to deviate from these routes within the national park reserve. These segments are short enough that stopping to refuel snowmobiles will not be required, and no checkpoints, fuel caches, other planned stops, or route clearing or preparation will be permitted in the national park reserve.


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Latest update

19 january 2020 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New project being assessed by Parks Canada - Public comments invited from 19 december 2019 to 18 january 2020 - December 19, 2019


Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve
Akami-Uapishk?-KakKasuak Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve
Newfoundland and Labrador
Telephone: 709-458-2417

  • Location

    • Akami-Uapishk?-KakKasuak-Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Recreation and Tourism
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Cain's Quest
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


Nearby assessments

..within 200 kilometres
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