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Katannilik Territorial Park is a surprisingly fertile arctic oasis tucked in the middle of the ancient Meta Incognita Peninsula on southern Baffin Island. The Park stretches north from the top of Pleasant Inlet near the village of Kimmirut toward the south shore of Frobisher Bay, across from the City of Iqaluit, and follows the Soper Valley and the Itijjagiaq Trail - a 120 kilometre traditional overland trail from Iqaluit to Kimmirut. The park's boundaries follow a series of rivers, lakes and hills on the plateau above the river valley.
The Soper River and its 1,200 square-kilometres meandering wilderness is central to the park. Known locally as Kuujjuaq ("big river") the Soper River 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".
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