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


    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


    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


    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 SPECTRAL RAM

    27 March to 13 April, 2017

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington, United-States

    More than 150 members of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, from Edmonton, Alberta, participate in Exercise SPECTRAL RAM. This is the Canadian Army’s contribution to the U.S. Army’s Exercise WARFIGHTER, a computer-assisted training event conducted at the Corps and Division level. The aim is to test readiness, responsiveness, and leadership skills in a variety of scenarios that simulate full-spectrum operations.

  • Exercise RUGGED BEAR

    April 3 to May 4, 2017

    Wainwright, Alberta, Canada

    3000 Canadian Army soldiers from 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group will conduct live fire training up to and including Level 5 Battle Task Standards. As part of the Road to High Readiness training, these soldiers are currently training for missions in Latvia, Iraq, Ukraine, or any other mission as directed by the Government of Canada.


    April 7-9, 2017

    Windsor, ON, Canada

    HMCS Hunter will host and lead a small boats training to achieve maximum operational readiness and the ability to support and respond to Royal Canadian Navy mission priorities and to gain a comprehensive understanding of a Naval Reserve support role to domestic operations. They will train with other government departments such as Windsor Port Authority, Windsor Police, OPP, RCMP, Canadian and American Coast guard, Lasalle Fire, and Homeland Security.


    June 26 to July 17, 2017

    Keflavik, Iceland

    Members of 415 Squadron will fly a CP-140 Aurora in support of a large scale antisubmarine warfare exercise from Keflavik, Iceland

  • Exercise MAPLE FLAG 50

    May 25 to June 23, 2017

    Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada

    Up to 1000 military personnel from Belgium, Canada, France, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States will conduct a wide range of air-to-air and air-to-ground training in Cold Lake, Alberta during Exercise Maple Flag 50.


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