Qaqulluit National Wildlife Area (Cape Searle)

  • Qaqulluit National Wildlife Area (Cape Searle)
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Qaqulluit  National Wildlife Area

The Qaqulluit National Wildlife Area was established in 2010. Formerly known as Cape Searle, this NWA is located on the northeastern tip of Qaqulluit Island, a small island off the eastern coast of Baffin Island, approximately 100 km southeast of Qikiqtarjuaq and just north of the Cumberland Peninsula. Qaqulluit (the Inuktitut word for ‘northern fulmar’) is close to the former community of Padloping Island and the Distant Early Warning site on Durban Island. Qaqulluit NWA contains a key marine habitat. There are also several archaeological sites on Qaqulluit Island. The NWA is home to Canada’s largest breeding colony of northern fulmars, representing an estimated 22 per cent of the total Canadian population of the bird.