Stefansson Island

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Stefansson Island and surrounding area
Stefansson Island.svg
Location Viscount Melville Sound
Coordinates 73°30′N 105°30′W / 73.500°N 105.500°W / 73.500; -105.500 (Stefansson Island)Coordinates: 73°30′N 105°30′W / 73.500°N 105.500°W / 73.500; -105.500 (Stefansson Island)
Archipelago Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Area 4,463 km2 (1,723 sq mi)
Highest elevation 267 m (876 ft)
Highest point unnamed
Nunavut Nunavut
Region Kitikmeot
Population 0

Stefansson Island is an uninhabited island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada. It has a total area of 4,463 km2 (1,723 sq mi), making it the 128th largest island in the world, and Canada's 27th largest island. The island is located in Viscount Melville Sound, with M'Clintock Channel to the east. It lies just off Victoria Island's Storkerson Peninsula, separated by the Goldsmith Channel. Stefansson Island's highest mount is 267 m (876 ft).[1]

The first European sighting of the island was in 1917 by Storker T. Storkerson who was travelling with Canadian explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879-1962), for whom the island was named.[2]


Further reading[edit]

  • Fyles, J. G. Surficial Geology of Victoria and Stefansson Islands, District of Franklin. Ottawa: Roger Duhamel, Queen's Printr, 1963.