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Vessels | Victoria, British Columbia to Alaska | Aleutian Islands, Alaska | Little Diomede Island, Alaska | The Yukon, Canada | Sachs Harbor/Ikaahuk, Northwest Territories | Holman/Uluqsaqtuuq, Victoria Island | Coppermine / Kugluktuk, Nunavut | Cambridge Bay/ Ikaluktutiak, Nunavut | Gjoa Haven/ Ursuqtuuq | Spence Bay/Taloyoak, Northwest Territories | Arctic Circle Crossing Initiation | Excursion onto the Ice | Laurier 2000 Photo Album | Saint Lawrence Island Polynya Project 2001 | SLIPP 2001 Photo Album | The Arctic Rose Tragedy

The CCG Sir Wilfrid Laurier


Above: The Sir Wilfrid Laurier at Seward Peninsula, Alaska, awaiting return of scientists conducting sonar experiments. (Photo by A. Balsom)

Sir Wilfrid Laurier (1841-1919), was the first French Canadian Prime Minister of Canada. He played a large role in resolving highly volatile political tensions between French and English Canadian citizens. His funeral drew over 50,000 mourners to Ottawa, and was one of the first public events to ever be recorded on film in Canada. (info from website
He now appears on the Canadian $5 bill.

The CCG Sir Wilfrid Laurier is a class 1100 large buoy tender/light icebreaker. She is 38 meters/114 feet long and has a crew of approximately 25.


Above: The CCG Simon Fraser on right, the RCMP Nadon on the left. Photo from

The CCG Simon Fraser

Simon Fraser was a famous Canadian fur trader and explorer, responsible for expanding the territory of the Northwest Company past the Rocky Mountains, establishing trading posts along the way. He is the Fraser River's namesake.

The CCG Simon Fraser is an ice-strengthened medium navaids tender. She is 62 meters long and carries a crew of 24.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Nadon

The Nadon was named after the former Royal Canadian Mounted Police commissioner Maurice Nadon.

The RCMP Nadon is an aluminum catamaran, 20 meters long, and carries a crew of 4.