Public Service Announcements

Whirl Bay Underwater Demolition Range
January 13, 2023 – Metchosin, B.C. – Department of National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy

Training will be carried out at the Whirl Bay Underwater Demolition Range from January 16 to February 3, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Whirl Bay lies on the south shore of Rocky Point in the Metchosin District.  Rocky Point is bounded by Pedder Bay to the northeast, Race Passage to the south, and Beecher bay to the west. The coordinates are 48˚ 18’ 47” North, 123˚ 34’ 02” West.

Except for those on the water, near Rocky Point, most local residents will likely be unaware of the activities except on days when environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and wind direction affect how far the sound will travel.  A bubble curtain is utilized as part of DND/CAF’s standard equipment to mitigate the impact of underwater detonation in Whirl Bay by diminishing/weakening water overpressure/shock waves.

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

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Contact
Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Public Affairs
Phone: 250-363-4006
Emailcfbesquimalt@outlook.com
After Hours: 250-888-6775

Safety Reminder for Mary Hill Training Area 

 October 11, 2022 – Esquimalt, B.C. – Department of National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy 

CFB Esquimalt is reminding the public that unauthorized entrance into the Mary Hill Training Area is prohibited out of concerns for safety. 

The Mary Hill Training Area is located in Metchosin near Pedder Bay and adjacent to the William Head Institution. The property has been used for military training since the 1940s and old military explosives that remain onsite present a serious safety hazard. The area is currently used for a variety of purposes including small arms training and night firing familiarization. These activities may occur day and night, on all days of the year, including weekends and holidays.  

Members of the public should be aware there is no safe time to access the area and that trespassing in the area is against the law and dangerous. 

The public is also reminded that, in the event stray ammunition or explosive objects are encountered, they should not be touched or disturbed in any way. If such material is encountered, local police should be notified immediately so they can work with CFB Esquimalt to make arrangements for disposal. 
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Contact 
Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Public Affairs  
Phone: 250-363-4006 
Email: cfbesquimalt@outlook.com 
After Hours: 250-888-6775 

Monthly Test of CFB Esquimalt’s Mass Notification System 

January 25, 2023 – Esquimalt, B.C. – Department of National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy

The monthly test of CFB Esquimalt’s Mass Notification System will take place on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 11 a.m. for approximately one minute.

Residents may hear sirens and verbal messages from speakers mounted on tall poles in Dockyard, Naden and Work Point in Esquimalt. Due to a variety of environmental factors including temperature, humidity and wind direction it may be possible that the sirens will be heard in neighbouring municipalities.

Because CFB Esquimalt covers a large area, this system will be an invaluable tool during an emergency for communicating important information to base employees, contractors and those visiting our facilities.

During the monthly tests, two tones plus a message will be used - the ‘test tone’ (alternating tone), a message in English and French and the ‘all clear’ tone (similar to Westminster chime). Audio files are available on the Maritime Forces Pacific website.

Routine one-minute tests will take place on a monthly basis at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

Associated Links

https://www.canada.ca/en/navy/corporate/our-organization/structure/marpac/lodger-units.html click on MNS tab

www.facebook.com/EsquimaltBase

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 Contacts
Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Public Affairs
Phone: 250-363-4006
Email: cfbesquimalt@outlook.com
After Hours: 250-888-6775