Nottingham Island

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Nottingham Island
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Nottingham Island, Nunavut
Geography
Location Hudson Strait
Coordinates 63°17′N 77°55′W / 63.283°N 77.917°W / 63.283; -77.917 (Nottingham Island)Coordinates: 63°17′N 77°55′W / 63.283°N 77.917°W / 63.283; -77.917 (Nottingham Island)
Area 1,372 km2 (530 sq mi)
Country
Nunavut  Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk
Demographics
Population Uninhabited

Nottingham Island (Inuktitut: Tujjaat) is an uninhabited island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. It is located in Hudson Strait, just north of the entrance into Hudson Bay.[1]

History[edit]

Nottingham Island was named by the English explorer Henry Hudson in 1610. A weather station was constructed on the island in 1884. In 1927, an airfield was constructed as part of a program to monitor ice in Hudson Bay. The island became uninhabited in October 1970 as Inuit residents migrated to larger towns, primarily Cape Dorset.

Fauna[edit]

The island is known for its prominent walrus population.

Notable residents[edit]

It is the birthplace of the late Inuit artist Pitseolak Ashoona as well as photographer Peter Pitseolak.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trémaudan, Auguste Henri de Trémaudan (1916). The Hudson Bay road (1498-1915) (Digitized Jul 10, 2008 ed.). J.M. Dent. p. 50. 

External links[edit]

Nottingham Island, Nunavut. Aerial photo by Doc Searls, 25 June 2014