Button Islands

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Button Islands
Button Islands is located in Nunavut
Button Islands
Button Islands
Location in Nunavut
Location Hudson Strait
Coordinates 60°38′04″N 64°42′25″W / 60.63444°N 64.70694°W / 60.63444; -64.70694 (Button Islands)Coordinates: 60°38′04″N 64°42′25″W / 60.63444°N 64.70694°W / 60.63444; -64.70694 (Button Islands)
Archipelago Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Area 51 km2 (20 sq mi)
Coastline 111 km (69 mi)
Highest point 290 m (950 ft) on Lacy Island
Nunavut Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk
Population Uninhabited
Source: Button Islands at the Atlas of Canada

The Button Islands are located in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in the territory of Nunavut. They are surrounded by Ungava Bay, Hudson Strait, Labrador Sea, and they are on the north side of Gray Strait.[1] The Button Islands measure 51 km2 (20 sq mi).[2]

The Button Islands consist of two groupings of islands lying in a northeast-southwest direction. They are barren, long, and narrow. The two groups are separated by a 0.2 mi (0.32 km) navigable channel. A passage that can be entered from either ends flows through the Button Islands' midsection, measuring 0.2 mi (0.32 km) to 0.6 mi (0.97 km) wide. The mid-channel depth is approximately 3.7 m (12 ft) towards the northeast end.

One grouping includes Lacy Island, Lawson Island, Goodwin Island, and MacColl Island. The other includes Erhardt Island, Clark Island, King Island, Holdridge Island, Leading Island, Niels Island, and Dolphin Island.[1]

The smaller Knight Islands are about 5 km (3.1 mi) to the southeast. The Cape Chidley Islands are 28.2 km (17.5 mi) away.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Sector13.HudsonStrait" (PDF). National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. pollux.nss.nima.mil. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 24, 2004. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  2. ^ "Button Islands". Atlas of Canada. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  3. ^ "Button Islands". travelingluck.com. Retrieved 2009-02-17.