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When Canadian Coast Guard Vessels
Return From the Arctic
Icebreaker tied up at the Québec City wharf
DFO  P. Dionne

After sailing the Arctic all summer, the Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers CCGS Des Groseilliers, CCGS Pierre Radisson and CCGS Amundsen are expected to return to Québec City with the arrival of fall and the snow geese.

This year, these three ships were assigned to different areas of operation, including Hudson Bay and Strait, Frobisher Bay, Lancaster Strait, Eureka Strait, the Beaufort Sea and the fabled Northwest Passage.

The crews’ missions were to supply northern communities, carry out search and rescue operations, conduct icebreaking operations, assist commercial shipping, maintain aids to navigation and waterways and—through their navigation expertise—contribute to the advancement of science in the Arctic.

Every year, the ships of the Canadian Coast Guard leave Québec City around mid-June and return only in September, October or November. When they get back, the vessels are prepared for the upcoming winter icebreaking season on the St. Lawrence so they are ready by the time the first ice begins to form.

Schedule return dates for the vessels (subject to change
  • CCGS Des Groseilliers – September 28, 2011
  • CCGS Pierre Radisson – October 25, 2011
  • CCGS Amundsen – November 1, 2011

Did you know?

While in the Arctic, the crews are changed every six weeks. In the winter, while the vessels are on icebreaking duty in the St. Lawrence, the crews switch every four weeks.

Canadian Coast Guard Fleet - Quebec Region

Nathalie Letendre
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