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Like a long green ribbon the Soper River winds its way from the highlands of the Meta Incognita Peninsula to Soper Lake and the salt waters of Pleasant Inlet along the south coast of Baffin Island. Meta Incognita - The Unknown Place - was the forbidding name given to this land by Queen Elizabeth I in 1576, after explorer Martin Frobisher described it to her. By 1931, when Canadian biologist and Arctic explorer, J. Dewey Soper, travelled up the river, it was still largely unknown to the outside world.
The Inuit who live here call the Soper River Kuujuaq, "the Big River". Although it is navigable for only 50 kilometres by canoe, the Soper is a major river by Baffin Island standards. It is designated a Canadian Heritage River, one of a select group of Canada's most outstanding rivers. The land the river flows through is protected as Katannilik Territorial Park meaning "Place of Waterfalls", for the water that tumbles down the steep valley walls.
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