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Prince Leopold Island

Prince Leopold Island is an uninhabited island located in the Arctic Archipelago of Canada. It is situated in the Queen Elizabeth Islands, off the northwestern coast of Baffin Island. The island is approximately 7 km (4.3 mi) long and 5 km (3.1 mi) wide, with an area of approximately 35 km2 (14 sq mi).

Prince Leopold Island was named after Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, who was the uncle of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. The island was first sighted by Europeans in 1851 during an expedition led by British explorer Robert McClure. The island was later visited by the British Arctic Expedition of 1875-76, led by George Nares, and the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-18, led by Vilhjalmur Stefansson.

The island is home to a variety of wildlife, including polar bears, arctic foxes, and various species of seabirds. It is also an important breeding ground for seabirds, including the common eider, black guillemot, and northern fulmar.

Prince Leopold Island is also home to a variety of archaeological sites, including Inuit hunting camps and Thule culture sites. In addition, the island has a rich cultural history, with evidence of Inuit occupation dating back thousands of years.

Today, Prince Leopold Island is a protected area, with the majority of the island designated as a national wildlife area. The island is also a popular destination for ecotourism, with various boat tours and kayaking trips available for visitors.

Excursion tips for a day in Prince Leopold Island

As a tourist in Prince Leopold Island in Canada, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in a single day. Here are some of the top things to do:

1. Take a boat tour of the island and its surrounding areas.
2. Visit the Prince Leopold Island National Historic Site and learn about the history of the island.
3. Go on a wildlife viewing tour to spot whales, seals, and other marine life.
4. Take a hike around the island and explore its natural beauty.
5. Visit the local fishing villages and learn about their culture and traditions.
6. Enjoy a picnic on one of the many beaches.
7. Go kayaking in the nearby waters.
8. Spend the day birdwatching and look for rare species.
9. Go on a guided tour of the island's lighthouses.
10. Spend a day fishing in the nearby waters.

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The climate in Prince Leopold Island

Prince Leopold Island in Canada experiences a cold and dry climate throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from -10°C to 10°C. During the winter months, temperatures can drop to as low as -20°C with snowfall and strong winds. Spring brings a mix of rain and snow, with temperatures gradually increasing as the season progresses. Summer is relatively mild and dry, with daytime temperatures ranging from 10°C to 17°C. Autumn brings cooler temperatures and more frequent rainfall, with temperatures dropping back to around -10°C in late autumn.

Cruise weather for Prince Leopold Island

Our weather forecast for Prince Leopold Island helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 2.4 °C
min: 1.5 °C
24.5 m/s
35.3 m/s
56.0 %
24.1 m
92.6 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 2.8 °C
min: 1.9 °C
19.1 m/s
22.3 m/s
96.9 %
24.1 m
93.7 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 4.5 °C
min: 2.3 °C
38.5 m/s
56.9 m/s
99.6 %
17.1 m
92.7 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 3.0 °C
min: 0.8 °C
32.4 m/s
49.7 m/s
99.7 %
9.9 m
97.3 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 2.0 °C
min: 1.1 °C
30.6 m/s
42.5 m/s
82.7 %
12.9 m
95.2 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 1.7 °C
min: 0.8 °C
32.8 m/s
36.4 m/s
77.1 %
20.5 m
88.7 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 2.4 °C
min: 0.9 °C
29.3 m/s
38.9 m/s
98.7 %
6.5 m
95.3 %
998 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 2.6 °C
min: 1 °C
31.0 m/s
38.9 m/s
21.2 %
24.1 m
86.3 %
1,003 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 2.2 °C
min: 1 °C
38.9 m/s
52.2 m/s
50.8 %
21.5 m
90.8 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 2.6 °C
min: 1.1 °C
30.0 m/s
40.9 m/s
77.5 %
23.8 m
91.6 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 3.6 °C
min: 2.2 °C
19.1 m/s
27.7 m/s
93.0 %
24.1 m
89.3 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 2.8 °C
min: 2 °C
16.7 m/s
19.7 m/s
75.5 %
19.2 m
92.3 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 2.9 °C
min: 1.7 °C
27.0 m/s
52.2 m/s
42.5 %
9.4 m
93.9 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 3.7 °C
min: 1.8 °C
22.7 m/s
41.0 m/s
61.0 %
18.0 m
90.8 %
1,012 hPa

Cruises to Prince Leopold Island

Would you like to travel to Prince Leopold Island on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Prince Leopold Island.

Scheduled ship calls in Prince Leopold Island, Canada
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Aug. 12th 2024 Monday, 12th of Aug. 2024 Silver Endeavour 07:30 am 06:00 pm
Sep. 17th 2024 Tuesday, 17th of Sep. 2024 SH Vega 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 3rd 2025 Sunday, 3rd of Aug. 2025 Silver Endeavour 07:30 am 01:30 pm
Sep. 7th 2025 Sunday, 7th of Sep. 2025 SH Vega 12:00 am 12:00 am

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