Gyrfalcon Islands

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Gyrfalcon Islands
Location Ungava Bay
Coordinates 59°06′N 68°58′W / 59.1°N 68.97°W / 59.1; -68.97 (Gyrfalcon Islands)Coordinates: 59°06′N 68°58′W / 59.1°N 68.97°W / 59.1; -68.97 (Gyrfalcon Islands)
Archipelago Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Total islands Over 200
Area 150 km2 (58 sq mi)
Nunavut Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk
Population Uninhabited

The Gyrfalcon Islands are an uninhabited island group in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. The over 200 small islands form an archipelago in western Ungava Bay north of Quebec's Ungava Peninsula and 19.7 km (12.2 mi) northeast of Leaf Bay.[1] Tiercel Island and Qikirtajuaq Island lie to the southwest. The closest community is the Inuit village of Kuujjuaq, Quebec, 120 km (75 mi) to the southeast.


The islands are organized in series of north-west and south-east parallel chains.[2] Their habitat is characterized by high, powerful tides, open sea, coastal cliffs, and rocky marine shores.


Vegetation is sparse, though tundra plants can be found away from shore. These include Arctic willow, crowberry, sedges, mosses and lichens.


The Gyrfalcon Islands are a Canadian Important Bird Area (#NU028). Their notable bird species includes the common eider.[3]

Walrus frequent the area during the summer.


  1. ^ "Gyrfalcon Islands". Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  2. ^ Annual Report (Digitized May 30, 2008 ed.). Geological Survey of Canada. 1901. p. 43. 
  3. ^ "Gyrfalcon Islands". Retrieved 2009-05-08. 

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