Military exercises

Exercises provide members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with the opportunity to practice and develop new skills in a controlled, learning environment. In Canada and locations around the world, CAF members are exposed to a variety of conditions that challenge and test their skills to ensure readiness for a wide spectrum of operations. Readiness encompasses resources and funding needed to maintain equipment, conduct training and prepare individuals and units for operations.

  • Members of the 5th, 34th, and 35th Combat Engineer Regiment, as well as the Voltigeurs de Québec, participate in rappelling training from a CH-146 Griffon helicopter during Exercise Sapeur Invincible in the training areas of CFB Valcartier in Courcelette, Quebec, November 16, 2016. Photo: Sgt Marc-André Gaudreault, Valcartier Imaging Section

    Imagery from recent exercises

  • Canadian Army soldiers disembark a CH-147 Chinook helicopter during Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2016 at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, New Brunswick, November 24, 2016.
  • Members from 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment jump from a CC-130 Hercules aircraft as part of parachute training during Exercise CASTOR SAUTEUR in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Quebec, November 23, 2016.


  • National Joint and Combined Exercises

    These exercises take place each year or every two years and typically involve the deployment of Canadian Armed Forces personnel and equipment domestically or internationally to conduct training, often alongside Canada’s allies.

  • Exercise TRADEWINDS

    June 4 to 27, 2017

    Caribbean region

    Countering transnational organized crime and practicing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) in order to promote regional security cooperation.

    Full Details of exercise TRADEWINDS

  • Exercise RIM OF THE PACIFIC

    June 30 to August 4, 2016

    Hawaiian Islands & Pearl Harbor, usa, america, United States

    The world’s largest international maritime exercise comprised of nations with an interest in the Pacific Rim region. A training opportunity to improve readiness for a wide range of potential operations.

    Full Details of RIMPAC

  • Exercise DETERMINED DRAGON

    October 17 to 21, 2016

    Various locations across Canada

    Annual training event that exercises the Canadian Joint Operation Command’s (CJOC) ability to execute various scenarios in defence of North America and global defence operations

    Full Details of exercise DETERMINED DRAGON

  • JOINTEX

    February 14 to November 24, 2017

    Kingston, Ontario

    Advance CAF mission preparedness by practicing the conduct of joint, combined and integrated expeditionary operations, developing concepts and procedures, and providing a focus for force development.

    Full Details of exercise BRAVE BEDUIN

  • Upcoming exercises

  • Exercise UlCHI FREEDOM GUARDIAN

    August 16 to September 2, 2017

    Korean Peninsula

    Exercise UlCHI FREEDOM GUARDIAN 2017 is a computerized command and control exercise that tests the operational control of the combined forces on the Korean Peninsula. Approximately 15 Canadian Armed Forces personnel, primarily from Canadian Joint Operations Command, will train alongside counterparts from the United States and the Republic of Korea to strengthen defensive capabilities in the region.

  • Exercise SERPENTEX

    September 5 to October 1, 2017

    Corsica, France

    45 maintainers, support personnel and pilots from 433 Tactical Fighter Squadron, at 3 Wing Bagotville, with 3 CF-18s, will participate in SERPENTEX 17. This international exercise will allow RCAF to gain experience by training with multinational Joint Terminal Air Controller teams in a broad spectrum of Close Air Support (CAS) scenarios, gain experience in new capabilities such as Ground Assisted Air Interdiction and Digitally Aided CAS.

  • Exercise BULLSEYE

    September 15 to 25, 2017

    New Zealand

    International air transport exercise that involves tactical transport skills, including air drops. RCAF CC-130 crews will take part in this year’s exercise following the inaugural exercise in 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario in 2016.

  • Exercise SAREX 2017

    September 23 to 28, 2017

    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

    SAREX 2017 will exercise a major air disaster response at CFD Mountainview. Search and Rescue and Combat Support squadrons from across the RCAF will be joined by civilian and government SAR partners for the exercise, which will focus on improved cooperation and demonstration of skills and best practices.

  • Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER

    October 15 to November 3, 2017

    Borden and Meaford, Ontario, Canada

    Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER is an Explosive Ordnance Disposal exercise, from October 15 to November 3, 2017. It is designed to improve participants’ ability to counter explosive threats.

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