Dancelou Suite
Stratigraphic label: [ppro]dac
Map symbol: pPdac

First published: 20 October 2016
Last modified: 24 January 2024




  DISCLAIMER: This English version is translated from the original French. In case of any discrepancy, the French version shall prevail. 

Informal subdivision(s)
Numbering does not necessarily reflect the stratigraphic position.
pPdac3 Massive pegmatitic granite
pPdac2 Massive pink granite
pPdac1 Fine-grained grey granite
Author:Simard et al., 2012
Type area:Kuujjuaq area (NTS sheet 24K)
Geological province:Churchill Province
Geological subdivision:Baleine Lithotectonic Domain


The Dancelou Suite was named by Simard et al. (2013) in the Kuujjuaq and Ungava Bay area to group poorly deformed, late tectonic granitic intrusions that cut older units. It has been recognized farther south in the Saffray Lake (Lafrance et al., 2014) and Jeannin Lake (Charette et al., 2016) areas, as well as in small areas in the western portion of the Henrietta Lake area (Lafrance et al., 2016). As part of a synthesis of the Southeastern Churchill Province (SECP) (Lafrance et al., 2018), different lithotectonic domains were identified. These authors have reassigned outcrops of the Dancelou Suite to the Qarliik Suite, since they are located in the Falcoz Lithotectonic Domain. Hence, the Dancelou Suite was restricted to the Baleine Lithotectonic Domain (Lafrance et al., 2020).



The Dancelou Suite consists of homogeneous and massive biotite granite forming well-circumscribed kilometric plutons or dykes intruding older units. Simard et al. (2013) divided the Dancelou Suite into two informal units: grey granite (pPdac1) and pink granite (pPdac2). A third informal unit of pegmatitic granite (pPdac3) has been identified in the Jeannin Lake area (Charette et al., 2016). Pegmatitic phases associated with unit pPdac2 have been described elsewhere in the Core Zone, but their very limited volume does not justify the definition of a subunit. These pegmatites, previously included in unit pPdac2 by Simard et al. (2013), were subsequently reassigned to unit pPdac3 by Lafrance et al. (2020).

Units pPdac1 and pPdac2 correspond to two mutually cutting phases, indicating contemporaneous emplacement. It is common to observe these two types of granite on the same outcrop. Unit pPdac3 cuts the other two granite units of the Dancelou Suite.


Dancelou Suite 1 (pPdac1): Fine-Grained Grey Granite

Unit pPdac1 granite is homogeneous, weakly foliated or massive and fine to medium grained. The grey colour is characteristic, giving it the appearance of tonalite on outcrops. However, feldspar staining and thin-section observation highlight a significant amount of K-feldspar (30-45% of the rock). Granite contains 4-10% brownish biotite flakes. These flakes contain small zircon grains surrounded by a very clear dark brown pleochroic aureole. The rock also contains 1-5% muscovite as disseminated flakes or altering plagioclase (sericite), as well as minor accessory minerals including epidote, allanite, apatite and opaque minerals. Myrmekitic textures are commonly observed in thin sections.


Dancelou Suite 2 (pPdac2): Massive Pink Granite

Unit pPdac2 granite is distinguished by a pinkish colour and a medium grain size with, in several places, decimetric coarse to pegmatitic clusters. Pegmatite injections are also observed cutting pink granite, which are interpreted as a late phase of the Dancelou Suite (pPdac3). Unit pPdac2 granite is also distinguished by its low ferromagnesian mineral content (<5% of the rock). These consist of small flakes of brown biotite and chlorite containing small zircon grains. Granite also contains up to 2% muscovite and, more locally, low amounts of hematite, epidote and apatite. Igneous textures are well preserved, especially graphic textures, but a beginning of recrystallization is regularly observed at grain edges in thin sections. Plagioclase is weakly to moderately sericitized.


Dancelou Suite 3 (pPdac3): Massive Pegmatitic Granite

Pegmatitic granite intrudes into other units of the Dancelou Suite; this unit is interpreted as belonging to a late phase of the unit. Granite is light pink and contains <5% ferromagnesian minerals, mainly brown-red biotite flakes, which are variously chloritized. Muscovite is ubiquitous (<5%). Intrusive rock shows slight recrystallization along feldspar grains, while quartz zones form subgrains having undulatory extinction. Plagioclase is weakly sericitized and accessory minerals including epidote, hematite, apatite, garnet and zircon are sparse.


Thickness and distribution

The Dancelou Suite forms kilometric plutons that cover a total area of ~1410 km2 scattered throughout the Baleine Domain. Unit pPdac2 (727 km2)  is concentrated mainly in the central and northern parts of the domain, while the larger masses of unit pPdac3 (581 km2) are concentrated to the south in the Jeannin Lake area. Unit pPdac1 is limited (101 km2) to a few small kilometric plutons in the Saffray Lake and Kuujjuaq areas.



Paleoproterozoic ages obtained in the Dancelou Suite are consistent with field observations indicating late tectonic emplacement. Dating suggests that the pegmatitic granite unit (pPdac3) would be older than the granite unit (pPdac2); however, field relationships indicate the opposite. Samples collected in different units come from different areas, hence it is possible that different pegmatitic phases intruded at different times.

UnitSample NumberIsotopic SystemMineralCrystallization Age (Ma)(+)(-)Inherited Age (Ma)Reference(s)
pPdac212CT5184-AU-PbZircon1748882510 and 2070McFarlane and Corrigan, personal communication, 2017
pPdac22011-IL3501U-PbZircon176714142000McFarlane and Corrigan, personal communication, 2017
pPdac316-CXA-D87BU-PbZircon1785 (preliminary)   Van Rooyen, personal communication, 2017
pPdac315-JC-5116AU-PbZircon179344 Rayner et al., 2017
pPdac3BU-PbZircon and monazite1775 (preliminary)   Perreault and Hynes, 1990
pPdac32017-CB-1073BU-PbZircon1782882834 ±5 (2920-2750)Davis and Sutcliffe, 2018
pPdac32016-MV-4012B U-PbZircon1805.43.23.2 Davis, personal communication, 2017

Stratigraphic Relationship(s)

Dancelou Suite granites cut all Archean and Paleoproterozoic units of the Baleine Domain. They also contain up to 15% enclaves of the various surrounding units.

At the western edge of the De Pas Supersuite (pPdep), several non-pegmatitic pink granite outcrops, many of which are similar to unit pPdac2 granite, have been assigned to unit pPdep5. It is difficult to distinguish these units given their similar appearance, but it is likely that some of unit pPped5 pink granites actually belong to the Dancelou Suite.


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Publications available through SIGÉOM Examine

CHARETTE, B., LAFRANCE, I., MATHIEU, G., 2016. Géologie de la région du lac Jeannin, Québec, Canada. MERN; BG 2015-01, 1 plan.

DAVIS, D. W., SUTCLIFFE, C. N., 2018. U-Pb Geochronology of Zircon and Monazite by LA-ICPMS in Samples from Northern Quebec. UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO; MB 2019-01, 113 pages.

LAFRANCE, I., BANDYAYERA, D., BILODEAU, C., 2015. Géologie de la région du lac Henrietta (SNRC 24H). MERN; RG 2015-01, 62 pages, 1 plan.

LAFRANCE, I., CHARETTE, B., VANIER, M.-A., 2018. Sud-est de la Province de Churchill, Nunavik, Québec, Canada: synthèse de la géologie. MERN; BG 2018-12

LAFRANCE, I., SIMARD, M., BANDYAYERA, D., 2014. Géologie de la région du lac Saffray (SNRC 24F, 24G). MRN; RG 2014-02, 51 pages, 1 plan.

LAFRANCE, I., VANIER, M.-A., CHARETTE, B., 2020. Domaine lithotectonique de Baleine, sud-est de la Province de Churchill, Québec, Canada: synthèse de la géologie. MERN; BG 2020-07, 4 plans.



Other publications

PERREAULT, S., HYNES, A., 1990. Tectonic evolution of the Kuujjuaq terrane, New Québec Orogen. Geosciences Canada; volume 17, numéro 4, pages 238-240.

RAYNER, N.M., LAFRANCE, I.,  CORRIGAN, D.,  CHARETTE, B., 2017. New U-Pb zircon ages of plutonic rocks from the Jeannin Lake area, Quebec: an evaluation of the Kuujjuaq Domain and Rachel-Laporte Zone. Geological Survey of Canada, Current Research (Online) 2017-4, 14 pages.


Suggested Citation

Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN). Dancelou Suite. Quebec Stratigraphic Lexicon. [accessed on Day Month Year].


First publication

Isabelle Lafrance, P.Geo., M.Sc. (redaction)

Mehdi A. Guemache, P.Geo., Ph.D. (coordination); Thomas Clark, P.Geo., Ph.D.; James Moorhead, P.Geo., Ph.D. (critical review); Claude Dion, Eng., M.Sc. (editing); Céline Dupuis, P.Geo., Ph.D. (English version). 


Isabelle Lafrance, P.Geo., M.Sc. (redaction; 24/07/2019) 

Mehdi A. Guemache, P.Geo., Ph.D. (coordination); Simon Auclair, P.Geo., M.Sc. (editing); Céline Dupuis, P.Geo., Ph.D. (English version); Ricardo Escobar Moran (HTML editing).





6 février 2020