Kimmirut, previously known as Lake Harbour, is named after a nearby rock formation shaped like a heel. The community is located on the southern coast of Baffin Island, near the mouth of the Soper River, which is a designated Canadian Heritage River. The river valley is significantly warmer than the surrounding area and is home to an astonishing variety of plants and wildlife. Katannilik Territorial Park encompasses the Soper River and the Itijjagiaq Trail, a 120 km traditional overland route from Iqaluit to Kimmirut. The community’s well developed tourism sector provides excellent outfitting and guiding, and the natural wonders of the region are a popular attraction for eco-tourists, kayakers, canoeists and rafters.
Kimmirut is well known for its impressive number of talented carvers, who utilize the unusual and abundant stone found in the area. Jewelry making is also becoming increasingly popular due to the discovery of local gemstones.
Potential non-renewable resources in the region include: iron, gold, diamonds, and gemstones.
Population figures based on Statistics Canada 2006 Census