Russell Island (Nunavut)

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Russell Island
Location Parry Channel
Coordinates 74°00′N 98°25′W / 74.000°N 98.417°W / 74.000; -98.417 (Russell Island)Coordinates: 74°00′N 98°25′W / 74.000°N 98.417°W / 74.000; -98.417 (Russell Island)
Archipelago Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Area 940 km2 (360 sq mi)
Highest elevation 240 m (790 ft)
Territory  Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk
Population Uninhabited

Russell Island is an uninhabited island of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. It is located in the Parry Channel, separated from the northern tip of Prince of Wales Island by the narrow Baring Channel. The island is longer than it is wide. The western third of the island is separated from the other two thirds by a narrow lake and its outlet. At the northern end of the lake there is an isthmus just 1.1 km (0.68 mi) wide and this joins the two parts of the island. With a total area of 940 km2 (360 sq mi), it is the largest offshore island of the Prince of Wales Island.[1]

William Edward Parry was the first European to sight the island in 1819.[2]


  1. ^ "Russell Island". 2006-07-31. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  2. ^ Parry, William Edward (1821). Journal of a voyage for the discovery of a North-West passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific: performed in the years 1819-20. London: John Murray. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Green, David E. C. The Late Quaternary History of Russell Island, N.W.T. Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 1988. ISBN 0-315-32564-X