Pim Island


Pim Island (previously Bedford Pim Island)[1] is located off the eastern coast of Ellesmere Island, part of the Qikiqtaaluk Region of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. Located within the Arctic Archipelago, it is a part of the Queen Elizabeth Islands.

Pim Island
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2005 photo of Pim Island
Pim Island is located in Nunavut
Pim Island
Pim Island
Pim Island is located in Canada
Pim Island
Pim Island
LocationNorthern Canada
Coordinates78°44′N 074°25′W / 78.733°N 74.417°W / 78.733; -74.417 (Pim Island)
ArchipelagoQueen Elizabeth Islands
Arctic Archipelago
Plaque on Pim Island to the memory of dead men from the expedition of Adolphus Greely. Photographed in 2005

Pim Island is separated from Ellesmere Island by Rice Strait, the waterway that connects Rosse Bay to the south and Buchanan Bay to the north.[2] Nares Strait is to the east. Pim Island is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from Cocked Hat Island.


The Adolphus Greely expedition wintered at Camp Clay in 1883,[3] and in 1884, Cape Sabine was the rescue site for Greely and the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition.[4] The island is named in honour of naval officer and barrister Bedford Pim of HMS Resolute.


  1. ^ Greely, A. W. (2007). Handbook of Polar Discoveries. Read Books. p. 238. ISBN 978-1-4067-6645-5.
  2. ^ Dieck, Herman Dieck (1885). The Marvellous Wonders of the Polar World. Philadelphia: Thompson National Pub. Co. pp. 521. OCLC 6878914. cocked-hat rice's strait.
  3. ^ Dick, Lyle (2001). Muskox land: Ellesmere Island in the age of contact. University of Calgary Press. p. 281. ISBN 1-55238-050-5.
  4. ^ Guttridge, Leonard F. (2000-09-01). "Ghosts of Cape Sabine: the harrowing true story of the Greely expedition". Arctic Institute of North America of the University of Calgary. Retrieved 2008-04-14.

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