Wager Bay


Wager Bay
Ukkusiksalik Bay
Wager Bay is located in Nunavut
Wager Bay
Wager Bay
LocationKivalliq Region, Nunavut
Coordinates65°30′N 89°00′W / 65.500°N 89.000°W / 65.500; -89.000 (Wager Bay)Coordinates: 65°30′N 89°00′W / 65.500°N 89.000°W / 65.500; -89.000 (Wager Bay)
EtymologySir Charles Wager
Part ofUkkusiksalik National Park
Primary outflowsRoes Welcome Sound
Catchment area28,551 km2 (11,024 sq mi)
Basin countriesCanada
Shore length193 mi (150 km)
Surface elevation51 m (167 ft)
IslandsSavage Islands, Paliak Islands
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Wager Bay or Ukkusiksalik Bay is long narrow inlet in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut, Canada, which opens east into Roes Welcome Sound at the northwest end of Hudson Bay.[1] Ukkusiksalik National Park surrounds it.


Wager Bay was first charted by Christopher Middleton during his Arctic explorations of 1742.[2] He named it after Sir Charles Wager and was trapped in the bay for three weeks until the ice cleared in Roes Welcome Sound. In 1747, William Moor sent boat parties to the head of the bay.


The bay is a long inlet stretching through tundra; its shoreline measures 93 miles (150 km) in length.[3] The elevation is 51 metres (167 ft) above mean sea level. It drains an area of 28,551 km2 (11,024 sq mi), through numerous small rivers, including the Brown River and Sila River. North Lake, South Lake, Brown Lake, and Ford Lake are nearby.[4][5]



  1. ^ Hayes, Derek (2008). Canada: An Illustrated History. Douglas & McIntyre. p. 55. ISBN 978-1-55365-259-5.
  2. ^ Hall, Charles Francis (9 April 1871). "Geographical Discoveries in the Arctic Regions". Journal of the American Geographical Society of New York. jstor.org. 3: 216–221. doi:10.2307/196418. JSTOR 196418.
  3. ^ Struzik, Edward; Mike Beedell (1991). Northwest Passage: the quest for an Arctic route to the east (Digitized Oct 4, 2008 ed.). Key Porter Books. p. 53. ISBN 1-55013-181-8.
  4. ^ "NHN Drainage Area 06OB000 – Western Hudson Bay – Wager Bay" (PDF) (1.0 ed.). Canadian Council on Geomatics.
  5. ^ Dredge, L.A.; I. McMartin (2005). "Postglacial marine deposits and marine limit determinations, inner Wager Bay area, Kivalliq Region, Nunavut" (PDF). Geological Survey of Canada. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)


  • Pelly, D. F. (2016). Ukkusiksalik: The People's Story. Toronto: Dundurn. ISBN 9781459729896.