Mackenzie King Island

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Mackenzie King Island
Mackenzie King Island and Borden Island
Mackenzie King Island.svg
Location Northern Canada
Coordinates 77°45′N 112°00′W / 77.750°N 112.000°W / 77.750; -112.000 (Mackenzie King Island)Coordinates: 77°45′N 112°00′W / 77.750°N 112.000°W / 77.750; -112.000 (Mackenzie King Island)
Archipelago Queen Elizabeth Islands
Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Area 5,048 km2 (1,949 sq mi)
Length 61 mi (98 km)
Width 60 mi (100 km)
Territory Nunavut
Northwest Territories
Population 0

Mackenzie King Island is one of the Queen Elizabeth Islands in northern Canada. It lies north of Melville Island and south of Borden Island, and like them is divided. Most of the island is in Northwest Territories, while its easternmost portion lies in Nunavut. The border runs along the 110th meridian west.

Mackenzie King has an area of 5,048 km2 (1,949 sq mi), 60 miles (97 km) long in northeast or 47 miles (76 km) in southeast and 60 miles (97 km) wide, making it the 116th largest island in the world, and Canada's 26th largest island.


The first known visit to the island was by Vilhjalmur Stefansson in 1915, and it was later named for William Lyon Mackenzie King.[1]


  1. ^ "King, The Right Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie". Retrieved 2008-05-18. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Vilks, G. Foraminiferal Study of East Bay, Mackenzie King Island, District of Franklin (Polar Continental Shelf Project). [Ottawa]: Dept. of Mines and Technical Surveys, 1964.
Terra MODIS satellite image of Mackenzie Island, Canada. Brock Island is on the left

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