Qaqaluit Island

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Qaqaluit Island
Location Davis Strait
Coordinates 67°13′01″N 62°32′46″W / 67.217°N 62.546°W / 67.217; -62.546 (Qaqaluit Island)Coordinates: 67°13′01″N 62°32′46″W / 67.217°N 62.546°W / 67.217; -62.546 (Qaqaluit Island)
Archipelago Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Nunavut Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk
Population Uninhabited

Qaqaluit Island (meaning: "fulmar") is one of eastern Baffin Island's small, offshore, uninhabited islands, located in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut. Along with Padloping Island and Durban Island, it is situated off Cumberland Peninsula within Davis Strait's Merchants Bay.[1]


Its characteristics include coastal cliffs and rocky shores.


Harp seal, polar bear, and walrus frequent the area.


The newly created Qaqulluit National Wildlife Area[2] extends beyond the island to also include the Reid Bay Important Bird Area on Baffin Island.[3]

Located on the island's northeastern tip, Cape Searle is another a Canadian Important Bird Area, an International Biological Program site and a Key Terrestrial Bird Habitat site.[4]


  1. ^ "Qaqaluit Island, Nunavut, Canada". Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Three New National Wildlife Areas Protect Key Habitat in Nunavut". Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  3. ^ "Canada Establishes Three National Wildlife Areas in Nunavut: Nearly Half a Million Hectares to be Preserved". August 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Cape Searle". Retrieved 2009-04-23.