Herschel (also known as Qikiqtaruk), is located just above the 69th parallel. It is a very small island, only 14.5 kilometres long by 8 kilometres wide by 183 metres high (9 miles, by 5 miles, by 600 feet high).

Just two kilometres separate the closest point of the island from the northern Yukon mainland. During the last ice age, when the sea level was 120 metres lower than it is today, the island was probably part of the mainland.

Herschel Island lies in the Beaufort Sea, which is part of the Arctic Ocean.

Herschel (also known as Qikiqtaruk), is located just above the 69th parallel. It is a very small island, only 14.5 kilometres long by 8 kilometres wide by 183 metres high (9 miles, by 5 miles, by 600 feet high).

Just two kilometres separate the closest point of the island from the northern Yukon mainland. During the last ice age, when the sea level was 120 metres lower than it is today, the island was probably part of the mainland.

Herschel Island lies in the Beaufort Sea, which is part of the Arctic Ocean.


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Map

Map of the Yukon Territory with the location of the Herschel Island highlighted.

Yukon Territorial Government, Heritage Branch 2001.

© Yukon Territorial Government, Heritage Branch 2001.


Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Understand the historical purposes for travel to Herschel Island
  • Learn about the physical geography of Western Arctic terrestrial environments like Herschel Island
  • Discover the harsh characteristics of Herschel Island that contribute to its lack of habitants

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