Public Service Announcement.

Bentinck Island Range 

17 Nov 2021 – Esquimalt, B.C. – Department of National Defence/ Royal Canadian Navy 

The land based demolition range at Bentinck Island will be in use 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Friday 12 Nov to Thursday 18 Nov and Tuesday 24 Nov to Friday Nov 26, 2021 (Weekends excluded)

Bentinck Island is located near Rocky Point off the southern tip of Vancouver Island in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  The site is used as an above-water terrestrial demolition range by the Canadian Armed Forces.  Training events are critical to ensure military members gain core skills and maintain operational readiness.  Local residents will likely be unaware of the activities except on days when atmospheric conditions affect how far sound may travel.

Training events at Bentinck Island are guided by strict mitigation measures and procedures to limit acoustic impacts to marine mammals.  Operations at Bentinck Island utilize an expert third party Marine Mammal Observer to advise military staff when the range is clear of whales prior to demolitions.  Events are delayed if whales are observed in or transiting towards the range, and activities do not re-commence until the Marine Mammal Observer provides the all-clear. 

The public is reminded that no unauthorized person may enter this area and trespassing is prohibited.

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Media Contacts  
Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Public Affairs  
Phone: 250-363-4006 
After Hours: 250-888-6775 

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 9:30am