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Prince of Wales Strait, Northwest Territories, Canada.
The Prince of Wales Strait is a strait in the Northwest Territoriesmarker of Canadamarker separating Banks Islandmarker to the northwest from Victoria Islandmarker to the southeast. It extends from Viscount Melville Soundmarker in the northeast to Amundsen Gulf in the southwest. From late winter it is filled by ice that usually does not break up until August. Its namesake, Prince of Wales Islandmarker, lies over two-hundred miles to the southeast.

The strait is an alternative route for the Northwest Passage, a sea route linking the Atlanticmarker and Pacific Oceansmarker. In 1969, the oil tanker was forced to use it after ice had blocked McClure Strait. As the strait narrows to less than 24 miles, vessels using it pass within undisputed Canadian waters (see Canadian Arctic Archipelagomarker).


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