Wager Bay

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Wager Bay
Wager Bay Nunavut.jpg
North shore
Location Hudson Bay
Coordinates 65°30′N 89°00′W / 65.500°N 89.000°W / 65.500; -89.000 (Wager Bay)Coordinates: 65°30′N 89°00′W / 65.500°N 89.000°W / 65.500; -89.000 (Wager Bay)
River sources Sila River
Basin countries Canada
Settlements Uninhabited

Wager Bay or Ukkusiksalik Bay (previously: Wager River)[1] is long narrow inlet in Kivalliq Region, Nunavut, Canada which opens east into Roes Welcome Sound at the northwest end of Hudson Bay. Ukkusiksalik National Park surrounds it.

Wager Bay was first charted by Christopher Middleton during his Arctic explorations of 1742.[2] He named it after Sir Charles Wager and was trapped in the bay for three weeks until the ice cleared in Roes Welcome Sound. In 1747 William Moor sent boat parties to the head of the bay.


The bay is a long inlet stretching through tundra; its shoreline measures 93 mi (150 km) in length.[3] The elevation is 51 m (167 ft) above sea level. It drains an area of 28,551 km2, through numerous small rivers, including the Brown River and Sila River. North Lake, South Lake, Brown Lake, and Ford Lake are nearby.[4][5]



  • Pelly, David F. (2016). Ukkusiksalik: The People's Story. Toronto: Dundurn. ISBN 9781459729896.

See also

Ukkusiksalik National Park


  1. ^ Hayes, Derek (2008). Canada: An Illustrated History. Douglas & McIntyre. p. 55. ISBN 1-55365-259-2.
  2. ^ Hall, Charles Francis (1871-04-09). "Geographical Discoveries in the Arctic Regions". Journal of the American Geographical Society of New York. jstor.org. 3: 216–221. doi:10.2307/196418. JSTOR 196418.
  3. ^ Struzik, Edward; Mike Beedell (1991). Northwest Passage: the quest for an Arctic route to the east (Digitized Oct 4, 2008 ed.). Key Porter Books. p. 53. ISBN 1-55013-181-8.
  4. ^ NHN Drainage Area 06OB000 - Western Hudson Bay - Wager Bay (PDF) (1.0 ed.), Canadian Council on Geomatics
  5. ^ Dredge, L.A.; I. McMartin (2005). "Postglacial marine deposits and marine limit determinations, inner Wager Bay area, Kivalliq Region, Nunavut" (PDF). Geological Survey of Canada.

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