The CCGS Amundsen: the origin story

1980 to present
Québec City, Québec
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From an uncertain dream to research success.

Louis Fortier, Director of ArcticNet and Canada Research Chair on the Response of Arctic Marine Ecosystems to Climate Change at the Université Laval, talks about the origin of the CCGS Amundsen and his journey to transforming a Canadian Coast Guard ship bound for the scrapyards into what is now Canada’s most innovative Arctic science research platform.

Take a tour of the Canadian research icebreaker or watch the Amundsen playlist on YouTube.

Find more stories of research in action on, the website of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.