Baker Lake (Nunavut)

lake in Nunavut, Canada

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Baker Lake
Baker Lake Community 1995-06-29.jpg
Baker Lake is located in Nunavut
Baker Lake
Baker Lake
Location in Nunavut
LocationKivalliq Region, Nunavut
Coordinates64°10′N 095°30′W / 64.167°N 95.500°W / 64.167; -95.500 (Baker Lake)Coordinates: 64°10′N 095°30′W / 64.167°N 95.500°W / 64.167; -95.500 (Baker Lake)
Primary inflowsThelon River, Kazan River
Primary outflowsChesterfield Inlet
Basin countriesCanada
Surface area1,887 km2 (729 sq mi)
Surface elevation2 m (6 ft 7 in)
SettlementsBaker Lake

Baker Lake (Inuktitut: Qamani'tuaq; 'where the river widens') is a lake in the Kivalliq Region, Nunavut, Canada. It is fed by the Thelon River from the west and the Kazan River from the south. It outflows into Chesterfield Inlet. The lake is approximately 1,887 km2 (729 sq mi) in size. It has several named bays, and a few islands.

In 1762 William Christopher reached Baker Lake via Chesterfield Inlet. The Inuit hamlet of Baker Lake is at the west end of the lake near the mouth of the Thelon River. Although the Inuit had been in the area for some time, the first outside presence was the Royal North-West Mounted Police post at the east end of the lake in 1915. This was followed in 1916 by the Hudson's Bay Company post set up at the Kazan River delta until 1930 when it moved to its present location.


The lake's area is home to Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou herds, as well as other wildlife associated with northern Canada's Arctic.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Principal lakes, elevation and area, by province and territory". Statistics Canada. 2005-02-02. Retrieved 2015-03-11.
  2. ^ "Orin Durey Intervention". Retrieved 2008-01-16.[permanent dead link]

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