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Brion Island
Île Brion
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Brion Island is located in Quebec
Brion Island
Brion Island
Location in Quebec
Location of Brion Island in Quebec
Geography
Location Gulf of Saint Lawrence
Coordinates 47°47′34″N 61°28′05″W / 47.79278°N 61.46806°W / 47.79278; -61.46806
Archipelago Magdalen Islands
Area 6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi)
Length 8 km (5 mi)
Administration
Province Quebec
Region Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Municipality Grosse-Île, Quebec


Brion Island (French: Île Brion) is a currently uninhabited island in the Magdalen Islands archipelago in the middle of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and part of the municipality of Grosse-Île, Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, Canada. It is the most northeast of the islands in the Magdalen archipelago, apart from the Bird Rocks (Rochers aux Oiseaux) twenty kilometres (12 miles) east-north-east.

History

Passing by the island in 1534, Jacques Cartier erected his second cross and named the island ille de Bryon after his principal expeditionary patron Philippe de Chabot, Seigneur de Brion and Admiral of France.

Geography

Haldimand Cliff (Falaise Haldimand), named for Frederick Haldimand, is on the southeast coast of the island.

Natural history

Almost the entire island is encompassed by the Réserve écologique de l'Île-Brion. The Bird Rocks Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary encompasses several small islands to the northwest of Brion Island.

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