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Parks & Special Places From the lush green valleys of Katannilik Park to the wild rapids of the Coppermine River, find out about Nunavut's territorial parks, heritage Rivers and other special places.

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Overview

Kugluk/Bloody Falls Territorial Park in the central Arctic is one of Nunavut's few parks with a shared history between the Inuit and the Dene Indians. Unfortunately, this history has not always been friendly. In fact, the falls got their English name in 1771, when European explorer Samuel Hearne witnessed the massacre of unsuspecting Inuit by a group of Dene warriors with whom he was traveling.

Located on the west side of the Coppermine River, 15 km from the community of Kugluktuk, Kugluk/Bloody Falls Territorial Park covers an 8.5 square-kilometre area. The park is centered on the falls, where the broad, swift-flowing River is forced into a narrow channel of vigorously boiling rapids and twisting eddies. Inuit refer to the campsite below the falls as Onoagahiovik, the place where you "stay all night," a name that refers to fishing, which even today is an integral part of their lives.

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