Valcartier (W/C J.H.L. (Joe) Lecomte) Heliport
2nd Canadian Division Support Base, Valcartier
Base des Forces canadiennes Valcartier
2 CDSB Valcartier
|Owner||Government of Canada|
|Commander||Colonel Sébastien Bouchard|
|Occupants||2nd Canadian Division|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−05:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−04:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||550 ft / 168 m|
Canadian Forces Base Valcartier (CFB Valcartier), now re-designated 2 Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier (2 CDSB Valcartier), is a Canadian Forces base located in the municipality of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi) north northwest of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The 2nd Canadian Division is stationed at the base, comprising the 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group and the 2nd Canadian Division Support Group.
Inaugurated by Jean Chrétien, then Prime Minister of Canada, in 1995, a 10 ft 6 in (3.2 m) high bronze figure of a World War I soldier (1995) by André Gauthier at the entrance to CFB Valcartier commemorates the training of Canadian Army volunteers for the European battlefields in World War I.
The site was also used as an internment camp for "enemy aliens", mainly eastern Europeans. The name Valcartier comes from the town of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, of which a large section was expropriated in order to create the military training camp. Due to its proximity to the Port of Quebec, Valcartier became the largest military camp on Canadian soil, including some 32,000 men and 8,000 horses.
- Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (5e Régiment d'artillerie légère du Canada)
- 12e Régiment blindé du Canada (12 RBC)
- 5 Combat Engineer Regiment (5e Régiment du génie de combat)
- Headquarters and Signals Squadron (Quartier général et escadron de transmissions)
- 1st Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment
- 2nd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment
- 3rd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment
- 5 Service Battalion (5e Bataillon des services du Canada) - (which also provides services from ASU Saint-Jean and CFB Montreal)
- Affiliated units
The base also houses 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, CI SQFT (Land Force Quebec Area Training Centre), in addition to providing training facilities for most Quebec-based reserve units. The Myriam Bédard Biathlon Training Centre is also located on the base.
Postcard of tents hastily erected to accommodate thousands of troops during the First World War
ASU Valcartier is also the home of the Army Cadet Summer Training Centre Valcartier, which trains Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Royal Canadian Army Cadets and Royal Canadian Air Cadets of the Eastern Region / Province of Quebec. In July 1974, an explosives safety training accident involving "D" Company killed six cadets and injured over 50. A coroner's inquiry found the instructor criminally responsible.
The various summer training courses offered at Valcartier Cadet Training Centre are the following:
- Two Week General Training Course offered to Army Cadets only, within JACQUES-CARTIER Company;
- Basic Fitness and Sports course offered to Sea, Army and Air cadets, within OLYMPUS Company;
- Fitness and Sports Instructor course offered to Sea, Army and Air cadets, within OLYMPUS Company;
- Basic Expedition course offered only to Army cadets, within EVEREST Company;
- Expedition Instructor course offered only to Army cadets, within EVEREST Company;
- Basic Marksmanship Course offered only to Army cadets, within ENFIELD Company;
- Air Rifle Masksmanship Instructor Course offered to Sea, Army and Air cadets within ENFIELD Company;
- Basic Drill and Ceremonial Course offered to Sea, Army and Air cadets within TRIUMPH Company;
- Drill and Ceremonial Instructor Course offered to Sea, Army and Air cadets within TRIUMPH Company;
- And all three military musician courses, offered to Sea, Army and Air Cadets within CALIXA-LAVALLÉE Company.
Colonel Stéphane Boucher is commander, and chief warrant officer Dominic Gaudreau is sergeant major.
In 2014, CFB Valcartier celebrated its 100th anniversary. David Johnston, then Governor General of Canada, offered a message about the role the base and its soldiers who have played in the history of Canada. Prime minister Stephen Harper also thanked the soldiers.
CFB Valcartier newspaper
Adsum is a bi-monthly newspaper (22 copy / year) for CFB Valcartier and the military community in the Quebec eastern area. The newspaper was created in 1972. It publishes 4,200 copies. The readers of the newspaper are mostly the military (active and retired) and civilians working at CFB Valcartier. The newspaper team also publishes the Military Community Guidebook - Quebec Region annually.
Saint Jeanne d’Arc Chapel
The Military Ordinariate of Canada integrated a chapel which is situated at CFB Valcartier. The chapel is named Saint Jeanne d’Arc Chapel. This service is for all military persons of CFB Valcartier. The Chapel Life Coordinator is Captain Titus Ndala.
CFB Valcartier Military Cemetery, opened to serve the camp in 1914, contains the graves of nine Canadian Army personnel, six from World War I and three from World War II, registered and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
- CFB Valcartier's budget is $687.4 million annually. The base employs 7,700 people (6,200 military and 1,500 civilians). There are also 9,000 military reserve forces who are related to the base. Annually, the salary costs are $558 million. This sum represents half of the $1.2 billion spent on salaries by the Department of National Defence in Quebec each year. Also, the base spends $131 million locally each year.
In 1997, a cancer-causing chemical, trichloroethylene, was found in the water supply of CFB Valcartier and the nearby town of Shannon, Quebec. Trichloroethylene, which has been linked to liver cancer, was used for degreasing metal parts at the base for decades. The Shannon Citizens Committee (Regroupement des Citoyens de Shannon) has launched a class-action lawsuit against the Department of National Defence in 2003.
- Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 16 July 2020 to 0901Z 10 September 2020.
- Base militaire Valcartier
- "Capitale-Nationale" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 October 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
- Centre Castor - Base militaire de Valcartier
- 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier
- "5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group". Archived from the original on 13 March 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
- 2nd Canadian Division Support Group
- The Valcartier tour de force
- 8 septembre 1914: le Camp Valcartier plein à craquer
- History of 5 CMBG Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- The Birchall Leadership Award
- Base militaire de Valcartier, Québec
- Camps d’internement au Canada: un fonds pour se souvenir
- A Bit of History
- Bears as Mascots? by Win, Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Integration and Unification of the Canadian Armed Forces:7 July 1964 – 1 Feb 1968
- Guide de la communauté militair e militaire Military Community Guidebook
- 1 Dental Unit Detachment
- 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron
- 2 Cdn Div TC - Staff
- Myriam Bédard Biathlon Centre
- Defence Research and Development Canada research centres
- About the Cadet Summer Training Centre
- Coroner's inquest found 'a climate of negligence'
- Mort de six cadets à Valcartier en 1974: des cicatrices encore vives
- Message from the Governor General of Canada on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of CFB Valcartier
- Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the 100th anniversary of CFB Valcartier
- About us
- Base Valcartier expresses its solidarity with the Muslim community of Quebec City a second time
- Military Ordinariate of Canada
- Saint Jeanne d’Arc Chapel (Valcartier)
- Military Ordinariate of Canada About Us
- "CFB Valcartier Military Cemetery, with list of casualties". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
- Base militaire de Valcartier : Des retombées méconnues
- Valcartier, une force économique
- ICI.Radio-Canada.ca, Zone Société -. "Eau contaminée : les résidents de Shannon ne perdent pas espoir". Radio-Canada.ca (in French). Retrieved 12 August 2018.
- Recours collectif à Shannon: «on s'en va probablement vers une 18e année»
- DND denies blame for cancer in Shannon, Que.
- Residents say Canadian Forces to blame for 'cancer crisis'
Media related to CFB Valcartier at Wikimedia Commons