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Canadian Army Training Centres of World War II

ALBERTA
No. 131 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Camrose
No. 132 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Grande Prairie
No. 133 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Wetaskiwin
No. 2 Canadian Women’s Army Corps – Vermilion
A20 Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Training Centre – Red Deer
A16 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Calgary

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Officers Training Centre – Gordon Head
No. 110 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Vernon
No. 112 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Camp Chilliwack
A6 Canadian Engineer Training Centre – Camp Chilliwack

MANITOBA
No. 100 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Portage La Prairie
No. 103 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Winnipeg
A3 Canadian Artillery Training Centre – Camp Shilo
A4 Canadian Artillery Training Centre – Brandon
A15 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Camp Shilo

NEW BRUNSWICK

A30 Canadian Infantry Training Centre (Camp Utopia) – Pennfield Ridge
A34 Special Officers Training Centre – Sussex
No. 70 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Fredericton
No. 71 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Edmunston
A30 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Sussex

NOVA SCOTIA
No. 60 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Yarmouth
No. 61 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – New Glasgow
A-23 Coast Defence and Anti-Aircraft Artillery Advanced Training Centre – Eastern Passage & Camp Debert
A14 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Camp Aldershot

ONTARIO
Royal Military College – Kingston
No. 30 Officers’ Training Centre – Brockville (1940-1945)
No. 6 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Stratford (1942-1943)
No. 10 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Kitchener (1940-1943) (re-designated No. 3 CWAC B TC)
No. 11 Non-Permanent Active Militia Training Centre – Woodstock (1940-1941) (re-designated S11 AD&MS)
No. 12 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Chatham (1940-1945)
No. 13 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Listowel (1942-1943) (re-designated No. 3 CAC B TC)
No. 20 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Brantford (1940-1945)
No. 21 Non-Permanent Active Militia Training Centre – Long Branch (1940-1941) (re-designated A25 CSA TC)
No. 23 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Newmarket (1940-1943)

No. 24 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Brampton (1940-1945)
No. 25 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Simcoe (1942-1943)
No. 26 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Orillia (1942-1943) (re-designated No. 26 CAC B TC, then 26 CI B TC, then 13 Infantry Training Battalion until 1946)
No. 31 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Cornwall (1940-1944)
No. 32 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Peterborough (1940-1943) (re-designated No. 32 CAMC B TC)
No. 33 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Ottawa (19)
No. 102 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Fort William (1940-1943)
A25 Canadian Army Small Arms Training Centre – Long Branch (1941-1945)
No. 3 Canadian Army Women’s Corps (Basic) Training Centre – Kitchener (1943-1945)
No. 22 Canadian Army Educational (Basic) Training Centre – North Bay (1940-1944)
A13 Canadian Armoured (Basic) Training Centre – Listowel (1943)

A23 Canadian Armoured (Basic) Training Centre – Newmarket (1943-1945)
A26 Canadian Armoured (Basic) Training Centre – Orillia (1943-1944)
A33 Canadian Armoured Corps Training Establishment Camp – Camp Borden
A19 Canadian Army Service Corps Training Centre – Camp Borden
A1 Canadian Artillery Training Centre – Camp Petawawa
A2 Canadian Artillery Training Centre – Camp Petawawa
A5 Canadian Engineer Training Centre – Camp Petawawa
A10 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Camp Borden
A11 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Camp Borden
A13 Canadian Infantry (Basic) Training Centre – Listowel (1943)
A25 Canadian Infantry (Basic) Training Centre – Simcoe (1943-1945)
A26 Canadian Infantry (Basic) Training Centre – Orillia (1944-1945)
A29 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Listowel (1942) Camp Ipperwash (1942-1945)
A32 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Peterborough (1945)
A22 Canadian Army Medical Corps Training Centre – Camp Borden
A32 Canadian Army Medical Corps Training Centre – Peterborough (1943-1945)
No. 1 Canadian Ordinance Corps Proving Ground Detachment – Ottawa (1941-1944) (after going through several name changes, eventually re-designated Land Engineering Testing Establishment)
A21 Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps Training Centre – Camp Barriefield
A32 Canadian Provost Corps Training Centre – Camp Borden
A7 Canadian Signal Corps Training Centre – Camp Barriefield
S11 Advanced Driving & Maintenance School – Woodstock (1941-1946)
Special Training School 103 (Camp X) – Oshawa (1941-1944) (re-designated No. 3 Oshawa Wireless Station 1944-1969)
Canadian Army Trades School – Hamilton (1941-1946)
Standard Barracks – Hamilton (1940-1942)
S48 Canadian School of Army Administration – Kemptville (1941-1943) (re-designated S7 Canadian Army Administration School 1942-1944)

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

No. 62 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Charlottetown

QUEBEC
Officer Training Centre – Trois-Rivières
No. 41 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Huntingdon

No. 42 Canadian Army Educational (Basic) Training Centre – Joliette
No. 43 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Sherbrooke

No. 44 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre/Canadian Officer Cadet and Basic Training Centre – St Jerome
No. 45 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Sorel
No. 47 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Valleyfield
No. 48 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – St. Johns
No. 51 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Chicoutiimi
No. 53 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Lauzon
No. 54 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Montmagny
No. 55 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Rimouski
No. 1 Canadian Woman’s Army Corps Advanced Training Centre – St. Annes
A12 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Camp Farnham
A13 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Camp Valcartier
A17 Canadian Machine Gun Training Centre – Trois-Rivières

SASKATCHEWAN
No. 120 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Regina
No. 121 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Maple Creek
No. 122 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Prince Albert
A27 Canadian Reconnaissance Training Centre – Camp Dundurn

Source Material: “Sixty Years of War – The Official History of the Canadian Army in World War II Volume 1” by Colonel C.P. Stacey & The Canadian Army WWII Training Establishments web site – www.canadiansoldiers.com/wwiitrain.htm.

 


 

In July 1942, network of radio stations was established on the both the west and east coasts for surveillance. The the East Coast line was in November 1943.  Both were active until mid 1945. There is no military presence at the former East Coast Radio stations today. The Radio units were:

The Pacific Coast Air Defence Radar System – World War II

In July 1942, network of radio stations was established on the both the west and east coasts for surveillance. The East Coast line was in November 1943.  Both were active until mid 1945. There is no military presence at the former East Coast Radio stations today. The Radio units were:

No 1 Coast Watch Unit RCAF was established in 1942 in the uninhabited west coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands to provide visual surveillance. In 1943 when radar coverage permitted the coast watchers were withdrawn. 1 CWU had eight detachments (each with a “woodsman”, two radio operators and a man with “some cooking and camping ability”) at:

  • Frederick Island
  • Hippa Island
  • Kindakun Island
  • Marble Island
  • Hibben Island
  • Tasoo Harbour
  • Barry Harbour
  • Big Bay

In 1942 construction of a chain of radar stations for surveillance of the Pacific Coast began. By November 1943 it was in place. Initially the stations were called “Radio Detachments” and in 1943 the title “Radio Unit” was adopted. The term “RADAR” was not adopted by Canadians until late 1943. The chain ceased operations with war’s end in mid 1945. The units were:

  • 7 Radio Unit (GCI) Patricia Bay (southern Vancouver Island)
  • 8 Radio Unit (GCI) Sea Island (near Vancouver)
  • 9 Radio Unit (CHL) Spider Island (near Bella Bella)
  • 10 Radio Unit (CHL) Cape Scott (northern tip Vancouver Island)
  • 11 Radio Unit (CHL) Ferrer Point (northern Vancouver Island)
  • 13 Radio Unit (CHL) Amphitrite Point (central Vancouver Island)
  • 26 Radio Unit (CHL) Langara Island (northern tip Queen Charlotte Islands)
  • 27 Radio Unit (CHL) Marble Island (central Queen Charlotte Islands)
  • 28 Radio Unit (CHL) Cape St James (southern tip Queen Charlotte Islands)
  • 33 Radio Unit (MEW) Tofino (southern Vancouver Island)
  • X-1 Detachment (CHL) Jordan River (southern Vancouver Island)

 


 

 

RCAF Atlantic Regional Air Defence – World War II 

  • 1 Radio (TRU) Unit, Preston, Nova Scotia
  • 2 Radio (CHL) Unit, Bell Lake, Nova Scotia
  • 3 Radio (CHL) Unit, Tusket, Nova Scotia
  • 4 Radio (CHL) Unit, Brooklyn, Nova Scotia
  • 5 Radio (CHL) Unit, Queensport, Nova Scotia
  • 6 Radio (CHL) Unit, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
  • 12 Radio (GCI) Unit, Bagotville, Quebec
  • 14 Radio (CHL) Unit, St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • 16 Radio (GCI) Unit, Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia
  • 17 Radio (GCI) Unit, Torbay, Newfoundland
  • 19 Radio (GCI) Unit, Gander, Newfoundland
  • 20 Radio (GCI) Unit, Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • 21 Radio (GCI) Unit, Plymouth, Nova Scotia
  • 22 Radio (CHL) Unit, Port Dufferin, Nova Scotia
  • 23 Radio (GCI) Unit, Saint John, New Brunswick
  • 24 Radio (CHL) Unit, Tignish, Nova Scotia
  • 25 Radio (CHL) Unit, St. George, Quebec
  • 29 Radio (GCI) Unit, Goose Bay, Labrador
  • 30 Radio (CHL) Unit, Cape Bauld, Newfoundland
  • 32 Radio (CHL) Unit, Port aux Basques, Newfoundland
  • 36 Radio (CHL) Unit, Spotted Island, Labrador – Did not go operational
  • 37 Radio (CHL) Unit, Brig Harbour Island, Labrador
  • 40 Radio (US ew) Unit, Allan Island, Newfoundland – US station transferred to RCAF 1944
  • 41 Radio (US ew) Unit, St. Brides, Newfoundland – US station transferred to RCAF 1944
  • 42 Radio (US ew) Unit, Cape Spear, Newfoundland- US station transferred to RCAF 1944
  • 43 Radio (US ew) Unit, Elliston, Newfoundland – US station transferred to RCAF 1944
  • 44 Radio (US ew) Unit, Fogo Island, Newfoundland – US station transferred to RCAF 1944
  • 75 Radio (MEW A/S) Unit, Fox River, Quebec
  • 76 Radio (MEW A/S) Unit, St. Paul’s Is., Nova Scotia
  • 77 Radio (MEW A/S) Unit, Cape Ray, Newfoundland

Source Material:  DND Communications & Electronics Branch web site – www.commelec.forces.gc.ca/org/his/bh-hb/appendix-annexe-c-eng.asp

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  1. Everett Koeller

    My uncle John Murray McCann took basic training with no.121 at Maple Creek, Sk. October 1, 1944 until January 1, 1945 when he transferred to Shilo with the Paratroopers. Can you provide me with any information on his training.
    Everett Koeller
    Everett@chmic.ca

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Everett,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. Unfortunately, I don’t have that information. If you know his former regiment, you can try to contact them or your best bet might be the National Archives.

      Bruce

  2. Robert Groves

    I’m wondering if there was ever an Army training site (likely a commando training area used occassionally) on Lake Perry east of Matheson Ontario off the 10 Highway about 65 Km west of the Quebec border just south of Abitibi Lake.

    Any information would be appreciate.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Robert,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. I haven’t heard of an army training site near Matheson. I checked my copy of “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume I: Ontario” by Paul Ozorak and there is no mention of it in the book. I know Paul did quite extensive research into former military bases in Ontario, so it would seem unlikely that the camp existed. If it was a commando training area, it’s possible that it was kept secret. That said, there was no greater a secret camp during WWII than Camp X in Oshawa (and we know about it now), so information would likely have come to light now if such a camp existed. What do you have to suggest such a camp existed?

      Bruce

  3. Diane

    Hi am am doing a bit of history and was wondering if the Canadian Infantry training camp in Farnham was a postal one?

    Kindest regards

    Diane

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Diane,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. Unfortunately, I don’t have any information of Farnham, but it is on my list of sites to research further. I regrettably have not been researching Quebec bases as much as I should.

      I even checked my copy of “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada, Volune 2: Quebec” by Pau Ozorak and it doesn’t contain anything about A12 Canadian Infantry Training Centre – Camp Farnham.

      Thanks for encouraging me to look further. I’ll let you know what I find out.

      Bruce

      1. Mike M

        Hello Bruce,
        I just came across this thread while looking up Huntingdon Qc. Regarding Camp Farnham it is still in operation as an infantry training camp situated just outside Montreal. I spent many unpleasant wet insect infested mud covered days there back in the early 1980,s. We used the firing range at Farnham for live fire exercises using the old Fn C1 rifle and Sterling 9mm sub machine gun etc. It is still used by militia units in and around the Montreal area.
        Regards, Mike

        1. Bruce Forsyth

          Hi Mike,

          Thanks for stopping by my web site. You can find Farnham in the Current Military Bases section. If you have any photos that you wish to share, please send them to bruce@militarybruce.com.

          Bruce

  4. Terry Sawler

    I Was Wondering If There is an information on the army barracks that were in eastern passage during the second world war.I remember them as a child. Thank You

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Terry,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. I don’t know anything about the army barracks but I will see if ther is anything in my copy of Paul Ozorak’s book and get back to you.

      Bruce

  5. Terry Sawler

    Hi Bruce,
    Thanks for the reply.I recently learned that the army barracks were called Elkins Barracks(A23). Thank You. Terry

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Terry,

      That’s right. I checked Paul Ozorak’s book today and that’s it. Apparently it was the home of No. 16 Radio Detachment. I’ll add an entry on it soon.

      Bruce

      1. Bruce Forsyth

        Oops, I misread my book. It looks like Elkins Barracks and No. 16 were separate camps. I guess I’ll have to make 2 entries.

    2. Bruce Forsyth

      Oops, I misread my book. It looks like Elkins Barracks and No. 16 were separate camps. I guess I’ll have to make 2 entries.

  6. Betty FOx

    : I received a request from Holland in Europe.A man found a silver bracelet near the Meuse river,in a WW2 war foxhole.There are engravings on it. Reginald Hendrickson, RNA 25 B2 ( do not know what that means. Oshawa,Ontario Canada. Also has name Peg on it.May be his Wife or girfreind. I have looked a lot,but have found nothing.Maybe you could also give this too your associates.This person would be grateful for this. wayne R. Morgan 5487 This bracelet should go back to his relatives if we can find them.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Betty,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. Unfortunately, I won’ be able to help you much. I will take a guess that with a name like “Hendrickson” and the letters “RNA”, it might be that this man was with the Royal Norwegian Air Force. Your best bet would likely be to contact the National Archives in Ottawa.

      Good luck in your search.

      Bruce

  7. Betty Fox

    Thank you very much. We were all wondering what the RNA stood for.
    Betty

  8. David Pryde CD

    One possibility for RNA is Registered Nursing Assistant which has become RPN – Registered Practical Nurse.
    David

  9. Gina Shear

    My Dad, Melville Harry Shear, spent the war at the radio station on Cape St. James, fixing radios and copying Japanese morse code. Prior to that, he was in Comox fixing radios on Catalinas. Do you know if the barracks in Comox are still standing, and if so, where they are? I remember him taking me there when I was a child…
    Thank you…

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Gina,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. I don’t really know about the barracks, but Comox is still an active base, so you could try contacting the base and see if they can answer your question.

      Bruce

      1. Gina Shear

        Thanks, Bruce, will do…

  10. Blake Coulson

    Hi,
    I am currently doing some research on my great great Uncle who served during ww2 and completed his training at Camp Borden and I was just wondering if you had any idea where I could look to possibly find some photos of him while he was there (if there are any of him whilst he was there).
    Many thanks,
    Blake Coulson

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Blake,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. You might have luck contacting the National Archives in Ottawa.

      Bruce

  11. PIERRE P. LEBLANC

    Hi Bruce, I’m doing some research on some WW2 veterans in my family tree and was wondering if the soldiers at the Edmundston NB Training Centre would have accomodated soldiers from elsewhere in Canada, such as Ontario? Is there a way of knowing which troops or regiments passed through there?

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. My copy of Paul Ozorak’s book Abandoned Military Installations in Canada Vol 3, lists only the North Shore (New Brunswick) and the Carlton and York Regiments. For others, I’d try contacting the National Archives.

      Bruce

  12. James Richardson

    Hi I’m looking on info of my father who was a instructor at Camp Borden. Tags # B119683 rank Corp.
    Thanks
    James Richardson.
    jamesrichardson@rogers.com

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi James,

      You should contact the National Archives in Ottawa for that information.

      Bruce

  13. Ben

    When did Canada first start training troops specifically for WW II? Was it before they declared war on Germany? Or was it after?

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Ben,

      I believe it was just after the declaration of war, but I’m not sure.

      Bruce

      1. Ben Morin

        Ok thank you

  14. Lt(NL) P.Lefebvre

    Good afternoon.This is very interesting.I am working upon opening a new army cadet corps in Huntingdon Québec in 2017. I see there was a training center during WW2 (No 41 Cdn Army (Basic) Training Centre Huntingdon). Would be interesting to have more info from anyone if possible.
    Thank you.Merci!
    Lieutenant(N)Pierre Lefebvre.CD** ( jlp-lefebvre@live.ca)

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Pierre,

      Thanks for stopping by my web site. The former No. 41 CA(B)TC is one of the camps that I have not yet put on my web site. The best write-up on it is one of my primary resources: Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Vol 2: Quebec. I’ll see if I can scan the entry from my copy and send it to your e-mail. Thanks for pointing out one that I need to add.

      Bruce

      1. Pierre Lefebvre

        Good morning Bruce
        Thank you for the reply and the informations.It is well appreciated.The information surely helps in the creation of the new corps and for the présentations I need to do for the project..be sure that I will mentionned your help.
        Regards!
        Pierre

        1. Bruce Forsyth

          I sent you the scans from the book. They should give you all the information that you need.

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