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Definition of BANKS ISLAND
island N Canada in Northwest Territories at W end of Arctic Archipelago area ab 27,000 square miles (69,900 square kilometers)
geographical name(Concise Encyclopedia)
Island, Northwest Territories, Canada. The westernmost island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, it lies northwest of Victoria Island and is separated from the mainland by Amundsen Gulf. About 250 mi (400 km) long, it has an area of 27,038 sq mi (70,028 sq km). First sighted by Sir William Parry's expedition in 1820, it was named for the naturalist Joseph Banks.