Canada’s CCGS Amundsen Icebreaker

The CCGS Amundsen is one of Canada’s icebreakers that does double shifts in the summer as a science and research vessel. As part of  the 2012 International Polar Year conference, the Canadian Coast Guard brought the icebreaker to the port of Montreal so the public could get a close-up view of the vessel. I attended the media visit on Saturday and spent a couple of hours poking around the vessel speaking to the captains that navigate it and the scientists and researchers that have worked on it.

The CCGS Amundsen icebreaker docked at the Port of Montreal during the 2012 International Polar Year conference. Photo: Eilís Quinn, Radio Canada  International.

The captian's chair aboard the Amundsen. Photo: Eilís Quinn, Radio Canada International.














The Amundsen's helicopter 'garage'. Photo: Eilís Quinn, Radio Canada International.

Fire gear on board the Amundsen. Photo: Eilís Quinn, Radio Canada International.










Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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