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.
No roads lead to Nunavut; our Territory is accessible only by air and sea.
First Air and Canadian North both fly regular daily schedules to Iqaluit from four main southern airline ‘hubs’: Ottawa, Montreal, and Edmonton (via Yellowknife and Rankin Inlet). Flights from Winnipeg (via Churchill and Rankin Inlet) are also available.
First Air flies from Iqaluit to Cape Dorset every day. Please check with the airline for schedule changes.
In summer, local outfitters will take groups of up to three people on the 10-minute boat ride across the inlet for about $75. For an additional $75 or so, the guide will include a tour of the island’s historic sites, wildlife and plants, as well as tea and bannock. Guides may also supply local foods such as caribou, char or seal.
Hiking to Mallikjuaq is a 45-minute trek from Cape Dorset to the northwest tip of Dorset Island and across the tidal flats of Tellik Inlet. This hike – which is only possible at low tide – is recommended for agile walkers prepared for slippery, algae-covered rocks and innumerable puddles. Hikers should plan their trip in keeping with the tides. Check with the Mallikjuaq Park Visitor Centre in Cape Dorset to find out about the tides.
Make arrangements well in advance of a trip to Cape Dorset. Finding a guide on short notice is sometimes difficult – contact the Mallikjuaq Park Visitor’s Centre or Hamlet Office for information on guides, tides and walking trips to Mallikjuaq. If hiking without a guide, inform someone of travel plans, such as the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment or the hotel, if a guest.
Tel: (867) 897-8863
Fax: (867) 897-8907
Huit Huit Beach House and Guest House
Email Huit Huit
Tel: 867- 897-8806
Polar Lodge Hotel
Huit Huit Tours offers eco-cultural tours to Mallikjuaq by boat, or hiking.
Email Huit Huit
Aiviq Hunters and Trappers Association
Siqiniq Outfitting Inc./Siku Diving
Visit the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative to see vibrant arts and crafts from the community, or watch local carving and printmaking at the gallery or throughout the hamlet.
Email West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative
Fax: 867- 897-8049
A main stop for cruise ship passengers en route to Mallikjuaq Territorial Park in Cape Dorset, the Mallikjuaq Park Visitor Centre displays artifacts portraying the history of Dorset and Mallikjuaq islands. Start here to arrange your trip to the Park.
Mallikjuaq Park Visitor Centre
Mallikjuaq Territorial Park Editorial – [.pdf – 916KB] This four page editorial offers information on Mallikjuaq Territorial Park
Visitor information is available from the Visitor Information section of the website, and at relevant visitor and information centres throughout Nunavut. Contact Nunavut Parks for any additional information you may be looking for.