Akpatok Island, Quebec, Canada

Akpatok Island is one of the uninhabited Canadian Arctic islands in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. It is the largest island in Ungava Bay on the northern coast of Quebec. The island is named for the Akpat, the Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia), which live on ledges along the limestone cliffs surrounding the island.


Akpatok Island is famous for Walrus, Polar Bears, Thick-billed Murres, and scenery. The Island itself is of limestone. It is a flat plateau 14 miles (23 km) wide, 28 miles (45 km) long, and 500 feet (152 m) to 800 feet (244 m) high. The plateau is almost inaccessible except by air because it terminates in sheer cliffs reaching down to sea level. The cliffs are broken in a few places by ravines which allow access. Akpatok is infamous for widespread cannibalism which lasted till 1900 when the inhabitants left the island and moved to the mainland.

Things to see and do

* Migratory birds
* Remains of a Dorset settlement
* Polar bears
* Seals
* Walrus

General Information

Cruise Season – May - Nov
Currency – Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Language – English, French
Population – 0
Land Area – 903 km²
Time – GMT minus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 1

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