is an uninhabited
island just off the coast of Labrador and north of Newfoundland at the Atlantic
entrance to the Strait of Belle Isle which takes its name. It lies on the
shortest shipping lane between the Great Lakes and Europe, and also on the main
north-south shipping route to Hudson Bay and the Northwest Territories.
Belle Isle rises to about 213 m (700 ft) at its highest point, 52 square
kilometres in area, 16 km long and 5 km wide. It is nearly 24 km (15 mi) from
either coast, though slightly closer to the Labrador side of the Strait of