Public Service Announcements

Notification of Low-Level Flights over Capital Regional District May 1 - June 15, 2023

Talon Helicopters with LaSen Inc. is planning to perform low-level flyovers for FortisBC between May 1 and June 15, 2023, during daylight hours, as authorized by Transport Canada. 

This work is part of FortisBC’s annual inspection of its high-pressure transmission natural gas lines and is an important part of FortisBC's integrity management program. The low-flying helicopter uses LaSen’s aerial LiDAR detection technology to inspect the pipelines. This technology is used to detect any issues to ensure FortisBC’s system continues to operate safely, reliably and to plan maintenance activities accordingly.

The Capital Regional District is one of 23 regional districts in BC that we will pass through during this time – the flight time over a single area will be minimal.  There will be no activity on the ground related to flights. The flight schedule may vary depending on weather conditions and wildfires.

The areas to be inspected include the District of Metchosin.

For more information on this inspection work, call 1-888-224-2710 or visit or Talon Helicopters at 604-214-3585

Monthly Test of CFB Esquimalt’s Mass Notification System

June 2, 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, June 7, 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 click on MNS tab

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