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Icebreaking and Web Cameras

Please note that the Quebec Ice Center will remain in operation for the 2013-2014 season. For the Great Lakes sector, the icebreaking operations will be manage by the new Montréal Ice Center starting in December.

Positions and Activities of Icebreaking Units



Ice Observation Charts

Daily Ice Charts

Ice Bulletins and Recommended Routes


Ice Bulletins

Ice Recommended Routes



Ice Forecasts

Ocean Forecasts


Seasonal Operations

  • Ended for the Season

Particularities in Quebec


Icebreaking Services
and Escort

Ice-route assignment in order to facilitate the transit of marine traffic in ice-infested waters, and the escort of commercial vessels experiencing transit difficulties due to ice conditions in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Flood Control

By ensuring a free movement of the ice, and prevention of ice-jam formation, particularly at the St. Lawrence River's more pronounced curves, in the vicinity of bridges spanning it and at the mouth of tributary rivers.

Ice Operations Centers


St. Lawrence

December, 2013 to May, 2014
(subject to change depending on ice conditions)
7 days a week / 24 hours a day

Information on icebreaking operations
Telephone: 418-648-7290

Information on ice conditions
Telephone: 418-648-2214
Fax: 418-648-3614
E-mail :

Great Lakes and Arctic

Open 365 days a year
7 days a week / 24 hours a day

Information on icebreaking operations
Telephone: 1-855-209-1976

Information on ice conditions
Telephone: 1-855-201-0086
Fax: 514-283-1798
E-mail :


December 12, 2012 to the beginning of june 2013
7 days a week / 24 hours a day

Telephone: (709) 772-2078

Facsimile: (709) 772-5369
Telex: 016-4530

E-mail for 24 hour ice assistance:
24 hr/24:

E-mail for general inquiries:


Additional Information