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Mallikjuaq means "big wave" in Inuktitut, an appropriate name for an island where rounded rock hills and low tundra valleys resemble giant rolling waves. But while Mallikjuaq Island Park derives its name from its topography, it gets its spirit from its human history. A 45-minute walk from the community of Cape Dorset, you'll find excellent archaeological sites and stone structures here dating back some three millennia.
Typical of the Arctic, Dorset Island and Mallikjuaq Island seem barren yet sustain many forms of life. In July, when wildflowers spray the tundra with colour, birds return for the nesting season and Inuit travel to hunting camps along the shorelines. The trails of Mallikjuaq Island and Dorset Island will take you to these places. On Dorset, you will walk among low mountains to secluded waterfalls, crystalline lakes, or sit and watch the ice floes float slowly by.
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