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Formerly known as: Lake Harbour
Local Meaning: Looks Like a Heel – referring to a rocky outcrop in the inlet.
About the Community
The community is located on the south shore of the Hudson Strait on Baffin Island. Access to this community is restricted to air and water. Situated on the ocean it borders the Katannilik Territorial Park, the only area where trees can be found on Baffin Island, as well as a variety of Arctic flora and considerable wildlife. Whaling ships made annual calls at Kimmirut in the 19th century, making it the most important harbor on the south coast. Until the start of World War I, the community was the center of a busy and thriving mica mining operation, which employed Inuit and Scottish miners. Inuit carvers work with the local apple-green soapstone to produce remarkable sculptures, and ivory carvers produce intricate scrimshaw etchings.
Don’t Miss List
Sea-kayaking adventures along the coast of Baffin Island can be arranged locally. The local Hunters and Trappers Association can organize trips to view the spectacular scenery, wildlife, caribou and polar bears.
Visitors can arrange to tour a soapstone quarry. The Soper River is a popular choice for expert canoeists.