Ellice River

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Ellice River
Physical characteristics
 - locationBetween Beechey Lake and Pelly Lake, Kitikmeot Region, Nunavut, Canada
 - elevation3 m (9.8 ft)[1]
 - location
Queen Maud Gulf
Length287 km (178 mi)
Basin size16,900 km2 (6,500 sq mi)[2]
Edward Ellice, Jr.

The Ellice River (Inuktitut: Kuunnuaq) is a waterway in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada. It rises close to the Back River between Beechey Lake and Pelly Lake,[3] and flows northward into the Queen Maud Gulf. Its mouth opens between Campbell Bay and Gernon Bay.[4] The land between the river and Sherman Inlet is generally flat and marshy.[5] Muskox and barren-ground caribou frequent the area.[6]

The river is named in honour of Edward Ellice, Jr..


The river is home to Arctic char.[7] Large populations of the American brant goose nest on coastal islands at the river's mouth.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ellice River ca. 3 m". geonames.org. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  2. ^ "Ellice River near the mouth". unh.edu. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  3. ^ Hodgins, B.W.; Hoyle, G. (1997). Canoeing North Into the Unknown: A Record of River Travel, 1874 to 1974. Dundurn Press Ltd. p. 177. ISBN 0-920474-93-4.
  4. ^ "Ellice River Map — Satellite Images of Ellice River". maplandia.com. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  5. ^ a b "Birds of Perry River District" (PDF). The Wilson Bulletin. 59 (4): 195–203. December 1947.
  6. ^ "Muskox/barren ground caribou combo hunt at Ellice River". hunts.net. Archived from the original on 2008-08-27. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  7. ^ Day, A.C. (2005-11-28). "Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Research Document – 2004/052 Status of Cambridge Bay Anadromous Arctic Char Stocks". dfo-mpo.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2006-07-15. Retrieved 2008-10-22.

Coordinates: 68°02′N 103°26′W / 68.033°N 103.433°W / 68.033; -103.433 (Ellice River)