Beechey Island, Arctic Canada

Beechey Island is an island located in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut, Canada, in Wellington Channel. It is separated from the southwest corner of Devon Island by Barrow Strait. Other features include Wellington Channel, Erebus Harbour and Terror Bay. There are memorials to British Explorer Sir John Franklin and other polar explorers and sailors on the island, including Joseph René Bellot.

Beechey Island was declared to be a "site of territorial historical significance" by the government of the Northwest Territories in 1979. Since 1999, it has been part of the newly-created Canadian territory of Nunavut.

Things to See & Do

* Franklin Memorial
* Graves

General Information

Cruise Season – May - Oct
Currency – Canadian dollar ($) (CAD)
Language – Inuit Language (Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun), English, French
Population – 0
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT minus seven hours
International Country Telephone Code – +709

Travel Links - Like other communities in Nunavut, the only access is by aircraft. Although most tourists arrive from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, it is possible to charter an aircraft from Cambridge Bay.

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