|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|
|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, approximately 25 km (16 mi) north-west of Quebec City. It is home to 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.
CFB Valcartier was originally erected as a military training camp in August 1914 as part of the mobilization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force at the onset of World War I. A 10-foot-6-inch (3.20 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.
In 1968, after the unification of the Canadian Forces, the title 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group was assigned to the brigade group established in CFB Valcartier.
Currently, Valcartier Garrison is home to 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.
The following units are stationed at Valcartier:
- Headquarters and Signals Squadron (Quartier général et escadron de transmissions)
- 5e Régiment d'artillerie légère du Canada
- 12e Régiment blindé du Canada (12 RBC)
- 5 Combat Engineer Regiment (5e Régiment du génie de combat)
- 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
- 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
- 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
- 5 Service Battalion (5e Bataillon des services du Canada) - (which also provides services from ASU Saint-Jean and CFB Montreal)
- 5 Military Police Platoon (5e Peloton de police militaire)
- 5 Field Ambulance (5e Ambulance de campagne)
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.
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.
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 19 July 2018 to 0901Z 13 September 2018.
- History of 5 CMBG Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- A History of Valcartier, Quebec Archived 20 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- Mobilization of the 1st Canadian Division Archived 6 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- 5 Canadian Service Battalion Archived 10 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- Coroner's inquest found 'a climate of negligence'
- The Canadian Army
- "Hired medical expert finds sky-high cancer risk in Shannon's 'red triangle' | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
- "Quebec area where cancer rates are 80 times higher to be studied". Retrieved 2018-08-06.
- "Why living in Shannon, Quebec, is bad for your health". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
Media related to CFB Valcartier at Wikimedia Commons