Historical Trails and Sites

Walking trails in the area provide an excellent introduction to the history of the area and to the Inuit Culture. These trails lead to several pre-contact summer camps. Printed guides explain sights along the way; ask at the Akumalik Visitor Centre for copies.

The trails vary in length, but plan on 2-6 hours for a hike. All are marked with directional inuksuit (stone cairns, “in the likeness of a man”). As you walk these trails, you will see stone kayak stands, tent rings, fox traps, and meat caches, all of which attest to the skills of the people in utilizing all the harsh land has to offer.

Take care not to disturb these valuable links to the past. Leave everything as it was, for the enjoyment and interest of others yet to come.

As you hike the trails or over the tundra near the community, watch for nesting tundra birds, including raptors like peregrine falcons and rough-legged hawks. If you visit Baker Lake in May, you’ll see incredible numbers of migrating snow buntings and Lapland longspurs, right in town.