About the Canadian Ice Service

The Canadian Ice Service, a division of the Meteorological Service of Canada, is the leading authority for ice and iceberg information in Canada's navigable waters.

Ice in its many forms (sea, lake, river ice and iceberg) has a direct impact on many aspects of the lives of Canadians.

The Canadian Ice Service's mission is to provide the most accurate and timely information on ice and icebergs in Canada's navigable waters.

Our main objectives are:

  • To ensure the safety of Canadians, their property and their environment, by warning them about dangerous ice conditions; and
  • Provide essential ice knowledge to support sound environmental policies.

We offer products (maps, newsletters, etc.) on ice conditions and icebergs and information on the interpretation of the codes used in these products. We keep these products in our archives.

North American ice service

The North American Ice Service is a partnership between 3 services: the Canadian Ice Service, the United States National / Naval Ice Center, and the United States Coast Guard’s International Ice Patrol.

The goal of this partnership is to create a harmonized suite of ice information products and services for North American and international waters to serve users' needs for safety of navigation and informed decision-making purposes.

Ice and icebergs charts and bulletins are provided in joint areas of interest:

  • The Great Lakes (for ice)
  • Bering Strait (for ice)
  • The coast of Newfoundland and Labrador (for icebergs)

This partnership benefits and strengthens each member, by freely sharing ideas, procedures and knowledge.

Contact Us

Canadian Ice Service
719 Heron Road, Annex E
Ottawa On K1A 0H3
Email: ec.cisclients-scgclients.ec@canada.ca

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