Queen Maud Gulf

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Official nameQueen Maud Gulf
Designated24 May 1982
Reference no.246[1]
Queen Maud Gulf, Nunavut, Canada.
  Northwest Territories

Queen Maud Gulf (68°20′N 102°00′W / 68.333°N 102.000°W / 68.333; -102.000 (Queen Maud Gulf)Coordinates: 68°20′N 102°00′W / 68.333°N 102.000°W / 68.333; -102.000 (Queen Maud Gulf)) lies between the northern coast of the mainland and the southeastern corner of Victoria Island in Nunavut, Canada. At its western end lies Cambridge Bay, leading to Dease Strait; to the east lies Simpson Strait; and to the north, Victoria Strait.


In 1839 it was crossed by Peter Warren Dease and Thomas Simpson. It was named by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1905 for the Norwegian queen Maud of Wales.

The wreck of HMS Erebus from Franklin's lost expedition of 1845 to the Northwest Passage was found in 2014. The wreck lies at the bottom of the eastern portion of Queen Maud Gulf, west of O'Reilly Island.[2]


Islands in the Queen Maud Gulf include:


  1. ^ "Queen Maud Gulf". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ Chase, Steven (9 September 2014). "Finding of Franklin ship fuels Harper's new nationalism". The Globe and Mail. Ottawa. Retrieved 10 September 2014.