Protector in Quebec City

After a wonderful few days in Montreal, HMS Protector set sail for Quebec City.

The ship arrived at the Port of Quebec on Monday, 13 June ready for another action packed few days!

Fun Fact: The Port of Quebec is the oldest port in Canada. It is considered one of the most important ports of the 19th century, playing a major role in the development of Canada!

We share some of our favourite moments from #ProtectorInQuebec below:


The students of St Foy Elementary School were treated to sunny weather for their tour of HMS Protector. Once again, the crew delivered a fun and engaging experience for the kids teaching them about the ship’s capabilities and the equipment aboard.


We invited local media aboard HMS Protector to learn more about this Royal Navy ice patrol ship and the reason for her visit to Canada. Our High Commissioner had the opportunity to speak about the significance of the visit and share some of the ship’s capabilities (in French, might we add!) Watch her interview with Noovo Info here and her interview with Le Soleil here.


HMS Protector acted as the venue for another special reception, this time hosting local government officials, members of the scientific community and key partners in Quebec City. Huge thank you to British Volt UK for sponsoring the reception and HMS Protector’s wonderful catering crew for the delicious food.  


On Wednesday 15 June, the UKinCanada team hosted an event to highlight and celebrate UK-Canada science and research collaboration in the Arctic at Le Café du Monde. The event included presentations and a panel exploring future work in the Arctic. Over 50 people attended the event including members from the scientific community and government officials. After a series of engaging discussions, the delegation headed to HMS Protector for ship tours and an aboard reception. Special thank you to UKRI, Fonds de recherche de Quebec, ITK Canada and the National Research Council of Canada for their contribution to the event. 

Did You Know: Over 70 UK-based universities and research centres contribute to Arctic research


Captain Milly Ingham met His Honourable J Michel Doyon, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec.  

Envoy for Climate Change, Northern and Arctic Affairs for the Government of Quebec, Jean Lemire was welcomed into the ship’s bridge to talk climate change and UK-Canada collaboration with High Commissioner Susannah Goshko, Captain Milly Ingham and the Consul-General in Montreal Chloe Adams.  

Au Revoir Quebec

On Saturday 18 June, she left Quebec City for her next stop: Sydney, Nova Scotia!  

Make sure you check out our next blog to learn more about HMS Protector’s journey in Canada.