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Bowman Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
IUCN Category IV (Habitat/Species Management Area)
Location Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
Area 107,900 hectares
Established 1957-01-01
Governing body Nunavut

Bowman Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary on western Baffin Island within part of the Great Plain of the Koukdjuak in Northern Canada's territory of Nunavut. It is classified as Category IV (Habitat/Species Management Area) under the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


The sanctuary is located on the eastern shore of Foxe Basin, north of the Foxe Peninsula. Its size is 1,079 square kilometres (417 sq mi).

History and conservation

During J. Dewey Soper's 1928–31 Arctic expedition in this area, he located the blue goose (C. c. caerulescens) nesting grounds on Bluegoose Plain by Bowman Bay. The wildlife sanctuary was established in 1957. It received national legal protection under the Wildlife Act of 2003.

The sanctuary protects marine and intertidal wildlife. Industrial activities and hunting are prohibited.

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