Public Service Announcements

Bentinck Island Range 

1 September 2022 – 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 Tuesday 27 September 2022 to Monday 3 October 2022. 

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. 


Media Contacts 

Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Public Affairs  
Phone: 250-363-7060  
After Hours: 250-888-6775