Fraser Island
Fraser Island is located in Nunavut
Fraser Island
Fraser Island
Fraser Island is located in Canada
Fraser Island
Fraser Island
Geography
LocationHudson Bay
Coordinates63°29′N 78°30′W / 63.483°N 78.500°W / 63.483; -78.500 (Fraser Island)[1]Coordinates: 63°29′N 78°30′W / 63.483°N 78.500°W / 63.483; -78.500 (Fraser Island)[1]
ArchipelagoArctic Archipelago
Area55 km2 (21 sq mi)
Administration
Canada
TerritoryNunavut
RegionQikiqtaaluk
Demographics
PopulationUninhabited

Fraser Island is an uninhabited island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. It is located at the mouth of Hudson Bay off Nottingham Island's northwestern tip. The closest community is the Inuit hamlet of Kinngait, 120 km (75 mi) to the northeast on Baffin Island.

Geography

The island's habitat is characterized by tundra, inlets, coastal marine features, coastal cliffs, and rocky marine shores.

Fauna

Fraser Island is a Canadian Important Bird Area (#NU024), as well as a Key Migratory Bird Terrestrial Habitat site (NU Site 46). Notable bird species include common eider as well as colonies of water birds/seabirds.[2]

History

In 1965, the island, previously unnamed by Europeans, was called Fraser Island in honour of Robert James Fraser (1887–1965), first hydrographer for the Dominion of Canada.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Fraser Island". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada.
  2. ^ "Fraser Island". bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  3. ^ Rayburn, Alan (2001). Naming Canada: stories about Canadian place names. University of Toronto Press. p. 227. ISBN 0-8020-8293-9.