Cape Dorset has been home to the Inuit for over 3,000 years and is believed to be one of the first communities to be discovered by European explorers. It is a go to for Arctic enthusiasts and art collectors alike looking for adventure and a piece of the community they can display proudly at home.
When travelling to Cape Dorset, make sure you take part in:
• Exploring both Dorset and Mallik Island.
• Hiking or snowshoeing Mallikjuaq Territorial Park, which is a 45-minute walk away from the community. There you can visit ancient Thule, Dorset and Inuit archeological sites.
• Check out over 100 Inuksuit at the National Historic Site, Enukso Point or Inuksugasait on the Foxe Peninsula.
• The Mallikjuaq Park visitor Centre for any special events hosted during your stay.
• The West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative to view art and sometimes meet the artists.
• Kinngait Studios, which hosts the graphic arts program that produces a yearly acclaimed print collection.
Cape Dorset boasts some of the most sought after carvings and drawing prints that have made their way into the spotlight internationally in museums all over the world. Art is a primary livelihood in this Arctic locale and the quality of the work produced is outstanding.
While most communities specialize in one or two art styles, Cape Dorset dabbles in most traditional mediums such as carving and drawing prints, producing fine quality art for all privileged enough to see it and meet its creators first hand.
The most common wildlife in the area are caribou, seals, beluga whales, walrus and, of course, polar bear. You can hire a local guide who can take you on a trip of a lifetime to view these animals as well as impart Inuit traditional hunting and fishing techniques that Inuit have depended and thrived on for thousands of years to survive in this challenging climate.