kids encyclopedia robot

Borden Island facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Borden Island
Bordensisland.png
Borden Island, NWT/Nunavut
Geography
Location Northern Canada
Archipelago Queen Elizabeth Islands
Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Area 2,795 km2 (1,079 sq mi)
Length 94 km (58.4 mi)
Width 82 km (51 mi)
Administration
Canada
Territory Nunavut;
Northwest Territories
Demographics
Population Uninhabited

Borden Island is an uninhabited, low-lying island in the Queen Elizabeth Islands of northern Canada.

Some features and history

With an area of 2,795 km2 (1,079 sq mi) in size, 93.9 kilometres (58.3 mi) long and 82 kilometres (51 mi) wide, it is the 171st largest island in the world, and Canada's 30th largest island. It lies north of Mackenzie King Island and is similarly split between the Northwest Territories (larger portion) and Nunavut, with the border running along the 110th meridian west.

The first known sighting of the island was by Vilhjalmur Stefansson in 1916, it was originally described as a single landmass. However, in 1947, during an aerial survey by the Royal Canadian Air Force the island was found to be two islands divided by Wilkins Strait.

Naming

The island is named for Robert Borden, Prime Minister of Canada 1911–1920.

kids search engine
Borden Island Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.