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 5 to 28, 2016

    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 UNIFIED RESOLVE

    January 22 to February 11, 2017

    Kingston, Ontario, Canada

    Led by the Canadian Army, Exercise Unified Resolve will bring together 1300 members of 4th Canadian Division and other units as they engage in planning and preparation for Exercise Maple Resolve 17.

  • Exercise RAFALE BLANCHE

    February 6 to 20, 2017

    Valcartier, Quebec, Canada

    Exercise Rafale Blanche involves more than 3000 members of 2nd Canadian Division as they engage in challenging winter warfare training. The exercise will include large-scale, live-fire ranges.

  • Exercise REACTION ROYALE

    February 13 to 17, 2017

    Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Exercise Reaction Royale 17 is a recurring divisional exercise aiming to train a headquarters in the context of a national operation to respond to a request to assist civil authorities during emergencies. This year, the exercise will involve 500 members of 2nd Canadian Division.

  • Exercise ARCTIC BISON

    February 17 to 26, 2017

    Gimli, Manitoba, Canada

    Approximately 150 members of the , Arctic Response Company Group will take part in Winter Warfare training near Gimli Manitoba. Participating members are primarily from 38 Canadian Brigade Group.

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