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Herschel Island

Herschel Island (Qikiqtaruk) is an island off the Yukon North Slope in the Beaufort Sea.

Herschel Island, Yukon, Canada


Herschel Island is Yukon's first Territorial Park.

It is part of the traditional homeland of the Inuvialuit, and served as an American commercial whaling colony in the 1890s. A dozen whaling structures still stand, all of which have been restored or stabilized by the Historic Sites Unit. Because of its unique location and diverse cultural history, Herschel Island remains a special part of Yukon’s rich heritage.

Herschel Island is managed according to the Inuvialuit Final Agreement.

Check out the publications available on Herschel Island.

Qikiqtaruk Inuvialuit Archaelogy on Hershel Island