Minto Islands

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Minto Islands
Location Northern Canada
Coordinates 68°34′N 105°15′W / 68.567°N 105.250°W / 68.567; -105.250 (Minto Islands)Coordinates: 68°34′N 105°15′W / 68.567°N 105.250°W / 68.567; -105.250 (Minto Islands)
Archipelago Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Area 2 km2 (0.77 sq mi)
Territory Nunavut
Region Kitikmeot

The Minto Islands are a Canadian Arctic island group in the Nunavut Territory. The islands lie in the western portion of Queen Maud Gulf, between Kent Peninsula on Nunavut's mainland, and Melbourne Island. Back Point, Victoria Island is approximately 47.9 km (29.8 mi) to the north. [1]

In early spring, the Minto Islands are a caribou migration path from the mainland back northward to Victoria Island.[2]

The islands are named after Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 2nd Earl of Minto, first lord of the admiralty from 1835 to 1841, during the expedition of Sir John Henry Pelly, governor of the Hudson's Bay Company.

In July 1839, Sir George Back explored the region as well.[3]


  1. ^ "Geographic features & Photographs around Back Point, in Nunavut, Canada". Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  2. ^ Gunn, A.,; Buchan, A.; Fournier, B.; Nishi, J. (1997). "Victoria Island caribou migrations across Dolphin and Union Strait and Coronation Gulf from the mainland coast, 1976-94.". Abstract. Archived from the original on November 17, 2004. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  3. ^ Hanbury, David T (1904). Sport and travel in the northland of Canada,. London: E. Arnold.