Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area (Isabella Bay)

  • Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area (Isabella Bay)
  • Nunavut
Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area

The Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area was designated in 2010 and is the largest NWA in Canada measuring over 336,000 hectares. Located 120 km south of Clyde River, on the northeast coast of Baffin Island, Nunavut, the NWA includes the shoreline and islands of Isabella Bay as well as the adjacent ocean out to 12 nautical miles from shore. The Inuktitut word ‘Ninginganiq’ translates roughly as ‘the place where fog sits’. It provides an important marine habitat, creating ideal conditions for bowhead whales. Up to 100 bowheads have been recorded at one time in Isabella Bay, making this the single largest known concentration for this species anywhere in Canada.