Wales Island (Nunavut)

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[[Inuktitut|Native name]]: Shartoo
Wales Island, Nunavut.
Location Gulf of Boothia's Committee Bay
Coordinates 68°01′N 86°40′W / 68.017°N 86.667°W / 68.017; -86.667 (Wales Island)Coordinates: 68°01′N 86°40′W / 68.017°N 86.667°W / 68.017; -86.667 (Wales Island)
Archipelago Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Area 1,137 km2 (439 sq mi)
Territory Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk
Population 0

Wales Island (Inuktitut: Shartoo; previously Prince of Wales Island)[1] is one of the uninhabited Canadian arctic islands in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut. Located 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) off the Melville Peninsula, the island is situated in Committee Bay within western Gulf of Boothia. It has an area of 1,137 square kilometres (439 square miles).[2]

Named Prince of Wales Island by the Scottish Arctic explorer, Dr. John Rae, it was subsequently shortened to Wales Island.[1]


  1. ^ a b Strangers among us. Native and Northern Studies. 103. McGill-Queen's Press. 1995. p. 103. ISBN 0-7735-1348-5.
  2. ^ "Wales Island". Archived from the original on December 23, 2010. Retrieved 2009-08-19.