Route: Itijjagiaq Trail to Kimmirut

Submitted by nnunarunner on Sat, 08/27/2022 - 07:12am
Nunavut, CA
118.1 km
Vertical Gain
908 m

Mostly unmarked trail on rocky terrain overland from Iqaluit to Kimmirut. A well-known dog sledding, skiing and snowmobiling route used to go between the two communities (with summer variation). The Trail is a part of the Katannilik Territorial Park. There are nine cabins along the way predominately used in the winter for snowmobiling. The trail starts with a boat drop of on the Iqaluit-side of the plateau. You climb up through a series of valleys to the highest point of approximately 670 m. You arrive at the Tasialu Lake continuing on in a landscape that is constantly changing until you reach the plateau. A sparely vegetated area. The Kuujuaq valley hints of its presence but doesn't reveal itself until you're on top of a steep cliff leading 180m down to the valley floor. From them on you follow the river either higher or by the bank and cross rivers cascading from the 450m high valley walls until the valley widens and you eventually wind your way around limestone hills to arrive in Kimmirut. The route is interesting because of it's remoteness and lack of traffic as well as the fact that overland trails in Nunavut are not common and the Kuujuaq river valley, a microclimate, is home to some of the tallest recorded willow-trees in Nunavut (9+ feet). Only a handful of hikers go into the park each year.

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