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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

A35 Canadian Paratrooper 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 (1942-1945)
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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