On thinning ice
One scientist’s view on the changing ecology of Arctic sea ice
Policing the passage
Coast Guard icebreakers are arguably the most practical means of asserting Canadas presence in the Northwest Passage, an increasingly travelled and commercialized waterway. Last summer, writer James Raffan and photographer Benoit Aquin boarded the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent and, for two weeks, witnessed the icebreakers multi-faceted mission as it carved one warm line through the Arctic Archipelago.
Travels with Louis
Canadian Geographic writer James Raffan and photographer Benoit Aquin spent two weeks aboard the Louis last July for their feature in the Jan/Feb 2007 issue, "Policing the passage," the first in a year-long series of stories in Canadian Geographic devoted to understanding the poles, in recognition of International Polar Year 2007-08.
Here, through Raffan's daily on-board log, photo gallery and additional facts and links, you can trace their nautical journey and discover the sea-bound community that patrols our Arctic waters.