Duke of York Bay

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Duke of York Bay
Location Foxe Basin
Coordinates 65°25′00″N 84°50′00″W / 65.41667°N 84.83333°W / 65.41667; -84.83333 (Duke of York Bay)Coordinates: 65°25′00″N 84°50′00″W / 65.41667°N 84.83333°W / 65.41667; -84.83333 (Duke of York Bay)
River sources Cleveland River
Basin countries Canada
Settlements Uninhabited

Duke of York Bay is an arm of Foxe Basin, in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. It is located in northeastern Southampton Island. The bay is directly south of the southern end of White Island, with Comer Strait at the western entrance and Falcon Strait at the eastern entrance.


Sir William Edward Parry and his crew gave the bay its name on 17 August 1821 during his second voyage for the discovery of a Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, in honour of Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, having first entered the bay the day before, 16 August 1821, the Duke's birthday.[1][2]

Bowhead whale, Foxe Basin, 1999

In January 1996, Duke of York Bay was selected by delegates from across Nunavut as the site of the first bowhead whale hunt in Nunavut's waters. When the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board switched the location to Repulse Bay the following month, the community of Coral Harbour, south of Duke of York Bay, was angered with the decision. Some thought it was politically motivated, others said that elders felt the ice conditions and strong currents in the bay would make for a difficult beaching.[3]


  1. ^ Parry, Sir William Edward (1844). Three Voyages for the Discovery of a Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and Narrative of an Attempt to Reach the North Pole, Volume 1 (of 2). Project Gutenberg. pp. Second Voyage, Chapter II. Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
  2. ^ Taylor, Isaac (1898). Names and Their Histories: A Handbook of Historical Geography. London: Rivingtons. p. 300. OCLC 4161840. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
  3. ^ Phillips, Todd (1996-03-22). "Anger surfaces over decision to move bowhead whale hunt". Iqaluit: Nunatsiaq News. Retrieved 2008-04-04.

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