Akpait National Wildlife Area

  • Akpait National Wildlife Area
  • Nunavut

The Akpait National Wildlife Area was established in 2010. ‘Akpait’ is the Inuktitut word for ‘murre’. Overlooking Akpait Fiord, the NWA is situated approximately 130 km southeast of Qikiqtarjuaq. The NWA includes a significant marine portion. The land portion is divided into steep cliffs that rise dramatically to 915 m above sea level, with a complex series of steep rock pinnacles and ridges bordered by a high talus slope and beach, known as the Minarets. The Akpait NWA contains a key marine habitat which supports numerous seabirds, including one of Canada’s largest thick-billed murre colonies, estimated at 133,000 pairs.