Mansel Island
Native name:
Aqua MODIS satellite image of Mansel Island, Canada from July 2003.
Mansel Island, Nunavut
Mansel Island is located in Nunavut
Mansel Island
Mansel Island
Mansel Island is located in Canada
Mansel Island
Mansel Island
LocationHudson Bay
Coordinates61°59′30″N 79°50′00″W / 61.99167°N 79.83333°W / 61.99167; -79.83333 (Mansel Island)[1]
ArchipelagoArctic Archipelago
Area3,180 km2 (1,230 sq mi)

Mansel Island (Inuktitut: Pujjunaq), a member of the Arctic Archipelago, is an uninhabited island in Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut. It is located in Hudson Bay off of Quebec's Ungava Peninsula.[2] At 3,180 km2 (1,230 sq mi) in size, it is the 159th largest island in the world, and Canada's 28th largest island. Its topography features a gently undulating limestone lowland with elevations not exceeding 100 m.

Mansel Island was named in 1613 by Sir Thomas Button[3] after Vice-Admiral Sir Robert Mansell.


  1. ^ "Mansel Island". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada.
  2. ^ Mary Lu Abbott (2006-02-05). "Native expedition to the Arctic frontier". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  3. ^ Hood, Robert; C. Stuart Houston (1994). To the Arctic by Canoe, 1819-1821: The Journal and Paintings of Robert Hood, Midshipman with Franklin. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-7735-1222-1. Retrieved 2008-09-28. ...named by Button in 1613, after Vice-Admiral Sir Robert Mansel (1573-1653).

Further reading

  • Aylsworth, J. M., and W. Shilts. Surficial Geology of Coats and Mansel Islands, Northwest Territories. [Ottawa]: Energy, Mines, and Resources Canada, 1991. ISBN 0-660-13745-3
  • Comock. Comock: the True Story of an Eskimo Hunter as told to Robert Flaherty. Photographs by Robert Flaherty. Text by Robert Flaherty and Edmund Carpenter. Jaffrey, N.H.: David R. Godine, 2003.
  • Furnell, D. J. Summer Polar Bear Tagging on Mansel Island, N.W.T. [Yellowknife]: N.W.T. Wildlife Service, Govt. of the Northwest Territories, 1979.
  • Polunin, Nicholas. Additions to the Floras of Southampton and Mansel Islands, Hudson Bay. Contributions of The Gray Herbarium, Harvard University, No.165. 1947.