Wales Island (Nunavut)

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Wales Island
[[Inuktitut|Native name]]: Shartoo
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Wales Island, Nunavut.
Geography
Location Gulf of Boothia's Committee Bay
Coordinates 68°01′N 86°40′W / 68.017°N 86.667°W / 68.017; -86.667 (Wales Island)Coordinates: 68°01′N 86°40′W / 68.017°N 86.667°W / 68.017; -86.667 (Wales Island)
Archipelago Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Area 1,137 km2 (439 sq mi)
Country
Territory  Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk
Demographics
Population Uninhabited

Wales Island (Inuktitut: Shartoo; previously Prince of Wales Island)[1] is one of the uninhabited Canadian arctic islands in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut. Located 1.5 km (0.93 mi) off the Melville Peninsula, the island is situated in Committee Bay within western Gulf of Boothia. It has an area of 1,137 km2 (439 sq mi).[2]

Named Prince of Wales Island by the Scottish Arctic explorer, Dr. John Rae, it was subsequently shortened to Wales Island.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Strangers among us. Native and Northern Studies 103. McGill-Queen's Press. 1995. p. 103. ISBN 0-7735-1348-5. 
  2. ^ "Wales Island". oceandots.com. Retrieved 2009-08-19.