Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary

  • Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary
  • Nunavut
Hoodoos on Bylot Island

Bylot Island (known as Akia in the local Inuktitut language) is located off the northern end of Baffin Island in Nunavut. Almost all of Bylot Island is contained within Sirmilik National Park. Officially claimed for Canada by Captain Joseph-Elzéar Bernier in 1906, a boulder bearing the name of his ship and the date can be found at Canada Point, on the Western side of Bylot Island. Captain J. E. Bernier’s explorations and his activities allowed Canada to establish its sovereignty over some 740,000 km2 in the Arctic and to make the Canadian public more aware of the political and economic importance of the far north.