Getting to know the RV David Thompson
  • Will support Parks Canada’s marine science and underwater archaeological work
  • Has valuable work space for Parks Canada research
  • Accommodations for 11 researchers and 3 crew
  • 29 meters long, 228 tonnes steel-hulled ship
  • Launched in 1992
  • Originally a mid-shore fishery patrol vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard
Research summer 2017
Potential research work in:
Opportunity to engage with Inuit through:
RV David Thompson in the future
Did you know?
  • David Thompson was an explorer and cartographer
  • Walked or paddled 90,000 km or more in his life mapping over 3.9 million square km in western Canada, and parts of the east and northwestern United States
  • Called “the greatest land geographer who ever lived”
  • Was nick-named Koo-Koo-Sint or "the Stargazer" by some Indigenous Peoples
  • He spent so much time examining the sun and stars he lost sight in one eye