Tour the CCGS Amundsen

A multimedia exploration of Canada’s dedicated research icebreaker
Université Laval
The CCGS Amundsen, a large research icebreaker, plows through a wide stretch of sea ice. The photo is overlaid with a blue textured pattern.


Since 2003, Arctic researchers have had unprecedented access to the extreme conditions of the Arctic Ocean aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Amundsen, the only dedicated research icebreaker in the country outfitted with state-of-the-art research labs and equipment. After more than 10 years of collecting natural, health and social science data from the deck of the Amundsen, their achievements have been assessed by an independent panel in a new report for the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

Below, begin exploring the Amundsen: download the report and meet the researchers who use the icebreaker as a platform to piece together the story of the changing Arctic.

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Ship to shore

June 10, 2009
Before the Amundsen, assembling a group of international scientists aboard a giant floating research platform in the Arctic sounded progressive and inspired — and almost impossible.
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The view from Nunavut

April 1, 2009
More than ten years after Nunavut became a territory, what are researchers learning about the changing landscape and how are they taking a different approach to science in the North?
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Ice tracker

December 17, 2008
Researchers used modern climate science in their quest to locate one of Sir John Franklin's long-lost ships. 
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Walking on thin ice

March 1, 2007
With Arctic sea ice fast disappearing, a University of Manitoba researcher helps to address issues of sovereignty, environment, and culture.
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Keeping our true North, strong and free

November 1, 2005
Year-long Arctic expedition's findings crucial to future development of Canada's North.
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