Montreal is the largest city in the dominantly French-speaking province of Quebec, and the second-largest in Canada, after Toronto.While the city of Montreal proper is located on - and almost completely covers - the Island of Montreal at the confluence of the St.Accessible only by air, Akpatok Island rises out of the water, sheer cliffs soar 150 to 245 m (500 to 800 ft) above the sea surface.The island is uninhabited, except for a Dorset (paleo-Eskimo) settlement that was abandoned by 1900 and a defunct exploratory oil drill, built in 1971.Lawrence (center) and Ottawa Rivers (not visible), the city takes its name from Mont Royal located at the city's center. A view of Georges Bank, a large elevated area of the sea floor that separates the Gulf of Maine from the Atlantic Ocean.The Bank is situated east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts (US; on the left) and southwest of Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia (Canada; upper right). The Canadian maritime province of Nova Scotia can be divided into two separate regions - Cape Breton Island (on the right) and much larger, peninsular mainland Nova Scotia (lower left).
The islands shown in this enhanced satellite image are part of the Belcher archipelago, which is comprised of approximately 1,500 islands and covers an area of 3,000 sq km (1,160 sq mi).
Low clouds filled a part of the Trench near the border between the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.
The light-reflecting nature of the clouds coupled with low sun elevation resulted in this startling effect. A night view of the Montreal metropolitan area is featured in this image from the International Space Station.
The island is an important sanctuary for cliff-nesting seabirds including its namesake the Akpat or the Thick-billed Murre, which nests in the pock-marked cliffs on the northern and southern ends of the island.
Numerous ice floes around the island attract walrus and whales, making Akpatok a traditional hunting ground for native Inuit people. Extensive wetlands lie near the town of Yellowknife, just north of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories.