Visit to Canada's Arctic - September 1, 2018

September 01, 2018

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, was in Canada’s Arctic from August 30 to September 1, 2018, where she visited the Hamlet of Pangnirtung, in Nunavut, before boarding the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen, in Qikiqtarjuaq, for a 36-hour scientific program to explore the Arctic Ocean. 

  • The Governor General Julie Payette, Dr. Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, and the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, took in the view from the deck of the CCGS Amundsen.
  • Dr. Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, visited the science labs on board the CCGS Amundsen.
  • Her Excellency helped the team of scientists clean the nets which were used to collect samples.
  • The team on board the CCGS Amundsen stopped at an ice island.
  • On the ice island, Her Excellency helped dismantle equipment that had been used for an experiment.
  • Her Excellency stopped to take in the remarkable views from the ice island.
  • Later, Her Excellency and Dr. Mona Nemer toured the mechanical room of the CCGS Amundsen where they receive explanations on how water is made potable on board the ship.
  • A student showed Her Excellency fish larvae that had been collected earlier that day.