Inuit from Baffin Island have visited seasonally and a trading station operated at Button Point on the southeastern corner for several years after 1910, but there are no settlements today. To the east the island overlooks a part of BAFFIN BAY, which was much frequented by European whalers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was officially claimed as part of Canada by Captain Joseph Elzéar BERNIER in 1906. The island is named after Robert BYLOT.
Author DANIEL FRANCIS
Links to Other Sites
Maps of provinces and territories from "The Atlas of Canada," Natural Resources Canada.
Sirmilik National Park
This illustrated Parks Canada website offers information about the ecology, geography, and history of Sirmilik National Park.
Ecological Studies and Environmental Monitoring at Bylot Island, Sirmilik National Park
An overview of the Bylot Island research project, one of the largest and longest ecological studies in Nunavut. Beautiful photos of the spectacular landscape and indigenous wildlife. A Laval University website.
The website for Arctic Mission, a scientific voyage through the Arctic’s fabled North-West Passage. Features interactive maps, videos, photos and written observations about the landscape, climate, and wildlife that inhabit this region. From the National Film Board.
A photograph of a Pingo on a glacial outwash plain, Bylot Island, Nunavut. Search this site for additional images of pingo formations. From the Geological Survey of Canada.