Meaning: Heel

Population: 433

Previously known as Lake Harbour, the community of Kimmirut is named after a nearby marble outcropping that looks like “a heel”. Located on the southern coast of Baffin Island near the mouth of the Soper River, this picturesque town is known for the unusual gemstones and minerals found in the marble deposits. Access to uncommon varieties of local stone has helped local carvers develop a world market for their sculptures.

Katannilik Territorial Park is an arctic oasis tucked in the middle of the ancient Meta Incognita Peninsula. The Park follows the Soper Valley and the Itijjagiaq Trail - a 120 kilometre traditional overland trail from Iqaluit to Kimmirut. Known locally as Kuujjuaq ("big river") the Soper River, which is central to the park, was designated a Canadian Heritage River in 1992 for its cultural significance in the lives of Inuit, its natural beauty and its countless opportunities for recreation. Along the river itself, on its many tributaries, in the streams and rivulets flowing down the sides of the valley, countless cascades echo the recurring theme of the park, and the reason it is named Katannilik - "the place of waterfalls".

The newly developed Taqaiqsirvik Territorial Park campground, just outside Kimmirut, offers facilities to adventure travellers wanting to stay overnight on the land.

Hikers can easily access the nearby Katannilik Territorial Park and the Soper Heritage River, just minutes from the community. But the Soper Valley is a three-hour hike from the park entrance, so it is recommended to enter by air charter or boat. To co-ordinate these services, contact the Katannilik Park Visitor Centre in town.

 A well developed tourism sector outfits and guides visitors interested in sea kayaking, canoeing, wildlife viewing and cultural encounters. Cruise ships stop here for adventure outings and to engage local carvers.

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