Cape Aston

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Cape Aston (Inuktitut: Niaqonaujang)[1] is a large peninsula on eastern Baffin Island, Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada. Located on Baffin Bay just south of Clyde Inlet,[2] the closest settlement is Clyde River. The cape includes an ice-derived delta.[3]

Cape Aston has the smallest distance to Greenland in the Baffin Bay, some 340 km, and is most likely the first location on the North American Continent, sighted by an European, namely Norse Leiv Eirikson in about year 1003.


  1. ^ United States. American Ethnology Bureau (1888). Annual reports (Now in the public domain. ed.). pp. 417–. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Ingstad, Anne Stine; Ingstad, Helge (1985). The Norse Discovery of America: The historical background and the evidence of the Norse settlement discovered in Newfoundland. Norwegian University Press. p. 257. ISBN 978-82-00-07039-9. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Andrews, John T. (1970). A geomorphological study of post-glacial uplift: with particular reference to Arctic Canada. Institute of British Geographers. p. 18. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 

Coordinates: 69°59′28″N 67°17′49″W / 69.991°N 67.297°W / 69.991; -67.297 (Cape Aston)