Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
January 2005

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Kaniapiskau Lake and River


Kaniapiskau lake, a body of water in the New Quebec district of Quebec, bisected by the 54th parallel of latitude. It is drained by the Kaniapiskau river, a main tributary of the Koksoak river; and it has an area of 375 square miles. The name is a Montagnais word meaning "rocky point".


Kaniapiskau river, a large stream in the territory of New Quebec, rises in lake Kaniapiskau, and after flowing northward for nearly 450 miles joins with the Larch river to form the Koksoak river. It is interrupted by numerous falls, one of which (Shale fall) is 60 feet high.

Source : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. III, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 396p., p. 321.


© 2005 Claude Bélanger, Marianopolis College