Gulf of Boothia
Map of Nunavut with a dot at the location of the Gulf of Boothia
Map of Nunavut with a dot at the location of the Gulf of Boothia
Gulf of Boothia
Location of Gulf of Boothia in Nunavut
LocationKitikmeot and Qikiqtaaluk Regions, Nunavut, Canada
Coordinates70°40′N 91°00′W / 70.667°N 91.000°W / 70.667; -91.000 (Gulf of Boothia)[1]
Ocean/sea sourcesArctic
Basin countriesCanada
Map indicating the Gulf of Boothia, Nunavut, Canada.
  Northwest Territories
  Newfoundland and Labrador

The Gulf of Boothia /ˈbθiə/ is a body of water in Nunavut, Canada. Administratively it is divided between the Kitikmeot Region on the west and the Qikiqtaaluk Region on the east. It merges north into Prince Regent Inlet, the two forming a single bay with different names for its parts. It is surrounded by, clockwise, Baffin Island, Fury and Hecla Strait, the Melville Peninsula, the Canadian mainland, and the Boothia Peninsula. The south end is Committee Bay, northwest of which are the Simpson Peninsula and Pelly Bay.[1]

In 1822, it was seen by some of William Edward Parry's men, who went on foot along the ice-choked Fury and Hecla Strait. In 1829, it was entered by John Ross, who was frozen in for four years and named it for his patron Sir Felix Booth. Its south end was explored by John Rae in 1846–1847, who reached it overland from the south.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "Gulf of Boothia". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada.
  2. ^ Collin, AE (30 April 1958). An Oceanographic Study of Prince Regent Inlet, the Gulf of Boothia and Adjacent Waters (PDF) (Report). Fisheries Research Board of Canada.
  3. ^ Finlayson, Douglas (15 December 2013). "Gulf of Boothia". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada.

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