2019 Expeditions

Two significant expeditions were undertaken in 2019. The first, the Odyssée St-Laurent expedition, occurred within the St. Lawrence estuary, spanning from the 1st to the 16th of February. The second was the annual Arctic Expedition, starting on May 30th until September 10th. This expedition allowed more than 150 scientists from national and international research teams to study the marine and coastal environments of the Canadian and Greenlandic Arctic.

Odyssée St-Laurent – Quebec Maritime Network

(1 – 16 February) Quebec City to Quebec City

This expedition took place in the St. Lawrence estuary, spanning from the Western part of Québec City, to the eastern portion of the lower estuary. This 15- day expedition was conducted in February, a time of year when the ship is primarily dedicated to icebreaking operations.The team of scientists operated in an opportunistic manner, using the vessel for research purposes whenever possible, in between icebreaking or escort operations.


days at sea

14 377

nautical miles travelled

Leg 1a – AZOMP

(30 May – 23 June) Québec City to St. Anthony

This Leg was dedicated to the Atlantic Zonal Off-Shelf Monitoring Program (AZOMP). This program led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and involving collaborations with the universities of Dalhousie, Alberta, Manitoba, Québec à Rimouski, and Edinburgh focuses on the annual survey of the physical, chemical and biological properties of the AR7W oceanographic transect running from the Labrador to Greenland.

Leg 1b – ISECOLD

(23 June – 4 July) St. Anthony to Iqaluit

This Leg entailed oceanographic and seabed sampling as part of the Integrated Studies and Ecosystem Characterization Of the Labrador Sea Deep Ocean (ISE-COLD) program. This program co-led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Memorial University aims to guide the government of Canada in the determination of new protected marine areas by investigating a large offshore portion of the Labrador Sea.


(4 – 25 July) Iqaluit to Pond Inlet

This Leg was conducted in the Baffin Bay in support of two different programs: ArcticNet and the Takuvik Bio-Argo project. ArcticNet comprises multiple sub projects ranging from ocean physics, geochemistry, to glaciers and marine ecology. Besides, oceanographic sampling, river sampling as well as Argo deployments and recoveries were conducted throughout this Leg.


(25 July – 15 August) Pond Inlet to Resolute Bay

This Leg continued to support the multiple projects of ArcticNet. Scientists explored Nares Strait, Jones Sound, Lancaster Sound and the Baffin Bay through oceanographic and geologic sampling and glacier/iceberg operations.


(15 August – 10 September) Resolute Bay to Québec City

This Leg took the ship from Resolute Bay to Quebec City with multiple science stations along the way. These stations supported additional ArcticNet projects and a collaboration with the Knowledge and Ecosystem-Based Approach in Baffin Bay (KEBABB) program to assess status and trends in ocean conditions that support living and fisheries resources.