Croker Bay, Nunavut, Canada

Croker Bay is a fjord on the south coast of Devon Island on the Lancaster Sound. The island, named by William Baffin in 1616 for the Devon shire in England, has its own extensive ice cap, which feeds a glacier into Croker Bay. The bay itself was named by William Edward Parry in 1819 in honor of the First Secretary to the Admiralty. The glacier is receding, but still reaches the sea. The area is a breeding site for fulmars and kittiwakes, and seals are frequently sighted and occasionally walruses as well. The wide face of the glacier, backed by a spectacular stacked plateau of differently colored rock layers, makes a favorite photographic subject for visitors to the Nunavut region. It is possible to hike up onto the surface of the glacier.