Padloping Island

  • Padloping Island
  • Nunavut
Padloping Island seen from above

Also called Paallavvik, this uninhabited island is situated in the Davis Strait, east of Baffin Island. During World War II, the American government arranged with Canada to ferry American-built aircraft from Montreal to Scotland. Due to congestion at Gander, NL, additional airfields were required. Aerial reconnaissance flights in 1941 identified potential sites at Fort Chimo, Que., Frobisher Bay, NU, Cumberland Sound, NU and later at Padloping Island. The American government was given permission to set up weather stations at three locations, known by their code names: Crystal I (Fort Chimo), Crystal II (Frobisher Bay) and Crystal III (Padloping Island). The Canadian Navy took over the Padloping weather station from the Americans in 1953.