Finlayson Islands

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Finlayson Islands
Location Dease Strait
Coordinates 69°4′59″N 105°58′0″W / 69.08306°N 105.96667°W / 69.08306; -105.96667 (Finlayson Islands)Coordinates: 69°4′59″N 105°58′0″W / 69.08306°N 105.96667°W / 69.08306; -105.96667 (Finlayson Islands)
Archipelago Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Area 8 km2 (3.1 sq mi)
Highest elevation 160 ft (49 m)
Highest point Unnamed
Territories Nunavut
Region Kitikmeot
Population uninhabited

The Finlayson Islands are a string of Canadian arctic islands in Nunavut, Canada. The group lies in Dease Strait, approximately 12 mi (19 km) from Cape Alexander, south of Victoria Island and north of the mainland's Kent Peninsula.[1] The community of Cambridge Bay is approximately 23 mi (37 km) to the east.[2]

An early survey was made by Sir Richard Collinson on board the Enterprise during his search for Sir John Franklin's lost expedition. Collinson noted the islands to be a basalt ridge running south/southeast. The largest measures 2 sq mi (5.18 km2) long by .75 sq mi (1.94 km2) wide.[3]

Colonies of Thayer's gull and glaucous gull are located on one of the larger islands.[4]


  1. ^ "Information on "Finlayson Islands"". Atlas of Canada. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  2. ^ "Northwest Passage Expedition". Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  3. ^ Collinson, Richard; Collinson, T.B. (1889). Journal of H.M.S. Enterprise, on the expedition in search of Sir John Franklin's ships by Behring Strait, 1850–55. London: Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington. pp. 286–288. OCLC 22079420. 
  4. ^ Sutton, George M.; Parmelee, David F. (1978). "On Maturation of Thayer's Gull". The Wilson Bulletin. 90 (4): 479–491.