CHARLOTTE, NC: There’s an old saying in sports that goes, “Records are made to be broken.” In many cases that may be true but there are some that will likely never be challenged; UCLA’s string of 7 straight NCAA men’s college basketball championships or Cal Ripken’s mark of playing in 2,632 consecutive appearances in a major league baseball game.
For years, trivia buffs believed that the world’s geographical phenomenon of the largest island-in-a-lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake-on-an-island was a tiny island in a crater lake on Volcano Island in Lake Taal on the Philippine island of Luzon. When seen from Tagaytay Ridge, the site is said to be one of the most picturesque views in the country.
Located about 30 miles from Manila, the volcano has erupted violently on several occasions in the past leaving a death toll of somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 people.
It’s rather like the line from the film Victor/Victoria where Julie Andrews plays a “woman-dressed-like-a-man-pretending-to-be-a-woman” only with a few more twists of the tongue.
Today, a narrow four-acre strip of land in Canada takes the lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake honor.
Extensive trolling by Google Earth has now uncovered an even larger island in Canada that strips the Philippines of its biggest island/lake/island/lake/island distinction.
Given the fact that its location on Victoria Island, which is bigger than the state of Idaho, has a population of less than 2,000 inhabitants the island has probably never been visited by humans.
The nameless landmark is situated inside one of a series of long finger lakes that sits approximately 75 miles inland from the southern coast of Victoria Island in Northern Canada.
Victoria Island itself has the notoriety of being the eighth largest island in the world.
About 75 miles inland from its southern coast, you’ll find a series of long finger lakes.
In one of them is an island surrounding a smaller lake, and in that smaller lake, It sits on a narrow island about a fifth of a mile long. Yes, this nameless, four-acre island is the world’s largest island-in-a-lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake-on-an-island.
Oddly enough, Canada claims several additional island anomalies thanks to millions of years of glacial activity that has resulted in a web-like terrain that is pockmarked with islands and lakes.
Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron
For example, Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron is the world’s largest island-in-a-lake while Nettilling Lake on Baffin Island is the biggest lake-on-an-island. (Are you following this so far?)
Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada – Image
Canada yields to Sumatra in the next category however, where the volcanic island of Samosir in the middle of Lake Toba lays claim to the world’s largest island-in-a-lake-on-an-island.
Samosir, Lake Toba, Sumatra
Unlike some sports records, however, Canada’s tiny “sub-sub-sub island” has no room for complacency. With its spider-like topography, the frozen tundras of Siberia and northern Canada could easily bring forth a new geographical wonder that will topple Victoria’s anonymous centerpiece from it lofty perch.
Scouring Google Earth
Ken Jennings, the winningest champion on the popular television game show Jeopardy, a digital explorer who is constantly looking for geographical oddities, continues to peer into his myriad of pixels in search of something unique on the Google Earth map.
Who knows, perhaps one day Canada will give its no-named “island-in-a-lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake-on-an-island” a title that reflects Jennings relentless research.
Then again, there’s another saying that says, “No man is an island.”
Or better yet, Canada could simply refer to its now famous island/lake gem as “no man’s land.”
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor is an award-winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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Lead Image Lake Taal and Taal Volcano radar satellite image.