Canadian Rangers marking 75th anniversary with canoe exercise


Members of third Canadian Ranger Patrol Group will journey via the realm on journey from Parry Sound to Ottawa




Canadian Rangers of Ontario will embark on a monumental 13-day freighter canoe train throughout Train Ranger Tracker 22 in recognition of the Canadian Rangers’ seventy fifth anniversary.

The 50-member third Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (3CRPG) expedition leaves Parry Sound on 9 giant, motorized freighter canoes for a journey to Ottawa. The train begins on the 4th and ends on the seventeenth of September.

3CRPG members reinforce their coaching yearly throughout Train Ranger Tracker, and based on Maj. Charles Ohlke, this yr Rangers might be instructed on secure watercraft operation and first assist through the voyage.

“A variety of the place we function in northern Ontario is barely accessible by water, so it makes a variety of sense,” mentioned Maj. Ohlke.

Whereas on the water, Rangers will obtain coaching in conducting a water rescue, navigation, climate, emergency preparedness, and extra.

The Canadian Rangers in Ontario are predominantly First Nation, and stay and serve of their northern communities. Up to now this yr, members have participated in 10 floor search and rescue missions, rescuing 13 individuals, together with two stranded truckers on an ice street, an injured Attawapiskat First Nation snowmobiler and two younger hunters whose all-terrain automobiles broke down, leaving them stranded about 100 kilometres away from their communities.

3CRPG Commanding Officer Lt.-Col. Shane McArthur mentioned the concept for a canoe train was proposed a number of years in the past in recognition of the seventy fifth anniversary and it rapidly took off.

“I liked the concept. This train is for the Rangers and the headquarters workers. The train ends in Ottawa as a part of the seventy fifth celebrations and I couldn’t be happier as commanding officer,” mentioned Lt.-Col. McArthur. “This train not solely serves as an occasion to acknowledge our 75 years of service to Canada; it’s additionally a chance for Canadians to work together with Canadian Rangers and find out about what we 3CRPG do inside Ontario and the Canadian Armed Forces.”

The fleet of canoes will move via quite a few communities, together with Parry Sound, Massive Chute, Orillia, Talbot, Buckhorn, Peterborough, Rice Lake, Trenton, Kingston, Smiths Falls, Burritts Rapids and Ottawa.

3CRPG and the Junior Canadian Ranger program are primarily based at CFB Borden close to Barrie and is staffed by navy personnel and armed forces instructors who journey recurrently to northern Ontario to coach Canadian Rangers.

The Canadian Rangers are a sub-component of the Major Military Reserve who stay and serve in distant, remoted coastal areas of Canada.

— Written by Grasp Cpl. Chris Vernon