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Cape Dorset

Cape Dorset is a small hamlet located on Dorset Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. It is located on the southwestern tip of Baffin Island, on the shore of Foxe Basin. The population of Cape Dorset is about 1,500 people, and it is the most populous community in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut.

The Inuit of Cape Dorset have been living in the area for thousands of years, and the community is known for its strong traditional culture and art. The Inuit of Cape Dorset are renowned for their stone carvings and prints, which have been collected and exhibited around the world.

The geography of Cape Dorset is characterized by rocky shorelines, low hills, and glaciers. The land is mostly treeless and covered with tundra vegetation. The climate is cold and dry, with average temperatures ranging from -25C in the winter to 8C in the summer.

Cape Dorset has a long history of exploration and trade. In the early 19th century, whaling ships from the United States and Britain visited the area, and in 1838, the Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading post in the community. In the 1950s, the Canadian government relocated many Inuit families from the High Arctic to Cape Dorset, where they continue to live today.

Cape Dorset is an important cultural and economic centre for the Inuit of Nunavut. The community is home to the West Baffin Co-operative, which produces and markets Inuit art. The community also has a local store, a health centre, a recreation centre, and a museum. Cape Dorset is an important fishing and hunting base, and the community is home to a commercial fish plant.

Excursion tips for a day in Cape Dorset

As a tourist in Cape Dorset in Canada, there are many exciting activities to do on a day trip. Here is a list of suggestions:

1. Visit the West Baffin Eskimo Co-op to learn about the area's Inuit culture and purchase traditional artworks.

2. Take a leisurely stroll along the harbour and admire the stunning views of the mountains and sea.

3. Hike through the rugged landscape of the nearby hills and take in the dramatic scenery.

4. Visit the Dorset Wildlife Sanctuary to observe the local wildlife and learn about the region's unique flora and fauna.

5. Spend some time at the Dorset Cultural Centre to explore the local art galleries, museums and cultural exhibits.

6. Go fishing and try your luck at catching some of the area’s abundant fish species.

7. Sample some of the delicious local cuisine, such as Arctic char, caribou and muskox.

8. Take a boat tour to explore the nearby islands and observe the stunning natural beauty of the area.

9. Visit the nearby hamlet of Kinngait and explore the quaint shops, galleries and restaurants.

10. Relax on the beach and enjoy the beautiful views of the sea and mountains.

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The climate in Cape Dorset

The climate in Cape Dorset, Canada is generally cool and wet. In the winter months, temperatures range from -15 to -25 degrees Celsius and there is plenty of snowfall. In the spring, temperatures rise to around 0 degrees Celsius and the snow begins to melt. Summers are mild, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius and there is usually quite a bit of rain. Autumn sees temperatures drop again and there is a mix of rain and snow. Overall, Cape Dorset experiences a cool and wet climate throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Cape Dorset

Our weather forecast for Cape Dorset helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 13.3 °C
min: 5.6 °C
20.2 m/s
28.8 m/s
30.7 %
23.2 m
55.1 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 12.3 °C
min: 8.2 °C
32.8 m/s
42.1 m/s
65.9 %
24.1 m
56.9 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 13.8 °C
min: 7.7 °C
24.8 m/s
29.2 m/s
49.6 %
24.1 m
49.8 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 11.2 °C
min: 6.5 °C
31.0 m/s
43.9 m/s
77.4 %
18.3 m
65.7 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 7.4 °C
min: 3.7 °C
32.8 m/s
42.1 m/s
84.1 %
24.1 m
65.2 %
1,002 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 6.5 °C
min: 1.9 °C
33.1 m/s
41.4 m/s
33.8 %
24.1 m
60.6 %
1,003 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 8.0 °C
min: 2.8 °C
19.0 m/s
27.6 m/s
53.8 %
24.1 m
55.9 %
1,001 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 5.0 °C
min: 2.5 °C
15.8 m/s
18.6 m/s
61.9 %
24.1 m
64.9 %
1,004 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 9.2 °C
min: 3.3 °C
17.6 m/s
26.6 m/s
35.4 %
24.1 m
64.2 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 9.6 °C
min: 4.9 °C
32.4 m/s
40.3 m/s
59.3 %
23.6 m
55.0 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 12.8 °C
min: 4.7 °C
30.2 m/s
34.9 m/s
27.5 %
22.5 m
53.5 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 9.6 °C
min: 3.2 °C
29.5 m/s
41.4 m/s
96.8 %
18.2 m
71.6 %
1,009 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 7.8 °C
min: 4.3 °C
16.2 m/s
25.4 m/s
94.1 %
12.2 m
79.3 %
1,011 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 13.7 °C
min: 6 °C
31.0 m/s
38.5 m/s
28.8 %
24.1 m
58.3 %
1,011 hPa

Cruises to Cape Dorset

Would you like to travel to Cape Dorset on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Cape Dorset.

Scheduled ship calls in Cape Dorset, Canada
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Jul. 20th 2024 Saturday, 20th of Jul. 2024 Silver Endeavour 06:30 am 06:00 pm
Jul. 21st 2025 Monday, 21st of Jul. 2025 Silver Endeavour 07:30 am 06:00 pm
Jul. 30th 2025 Wednesday, 30th of Jul. 2025 Silver Endeavour 06:30 am 05:00 pm

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