Why Was the River Nominated?
The 450 km Coppermine, in the western part of Nunavut, was nominated to the Canadian Heritage Rivers System in 2002 for its natural heritage, cultural heritage, and recreational values.
The river has long been a travel corridor for the indigenous peoples of the North. Copper deposits found along the river were important to the first peoples who lived there. To this day, the river continues to support the Inuit lifestyle and culture.
The river flows through lands rich in wildlife, where muskox and caribou graze on the sparse vegetation of the uplands, and wolves and grizzlies patrol the river banks in search of food.