Twin Islands Wildlife Sanctuary

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Twin Islands Wildlife Sanctuary
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Location James Bay, Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut, Canada
Coordinates 53°10′N 79°55′W / 53.167°N 79.917°W / 53.167; -79.917Coordinates: 53°10′N 79°55′W / 53.167°N 79.917°W / 53.167; -79.917
Area 142,500 hectares
Established 1939

The Twin Islands Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary in Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut, Canada. It is located in the Twin Islands, including North Twin Island and South Twin Island, within central James Bay.

The wildlife sanctuary received its designation on 2 May 1939[1] and has an area of 142,500 hectares (35,200 acres). It is classified as Category IV by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.[2]

Other designations[edit]

The Twin Islands are also classified as a Canadian Important Bird Area; the IBA is within the wildlife sanctuary.[3]


The sanctuary is an important habitat for polar bears,[1] walruses, Canadian geese, and semipalmated plovers.


  1. ^ a b Gabrielson, Ira Noel (2008). Wildlife Refuges. Read Books. p. 235. ISBN 1-4086-4111-9. 
  2. ^ "The Twin Islands Wildlife Sanctuary". Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Twin Islands". Retrieved 2009-05-11.