Public Service Announcements

 

Additional Signs Coming to Mary Hill Training Area  

February 7, 2024 – Esquimalt, B.C. – Department of National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy  

CFB Esquimalt is once again reminding the public that unauthorized access to the Mary Hill Training Area is prohibited.  Additional signs will be installed in the coming days to further deter trespassing in the area and warn of safety concerns due to the presence of unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO). UXOs are military explosives that did not explode or function as intended. 

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

  The Mary Hill Training Area is located in Metchosin near Pedder Bay, adjacent to the William Head Institution. The Royal Canadian Navy has used the property for military training since the 1930s and UXOs that remain onsite present a serious safety risk. The property is currently used by the Canadian Armed Forces and other agencies for a variety of dry training that does not include the use of any type of ammunition. These activities may occur day and night, on all days of the year, including weekends and holidays. 

    Only trained professionals can determine if a munition item is dangerous or not; any unknown object could be UXO and should not be touched or investigated. If you see something that looks like it may be UXO:  

  • Don’t touch it; 
  • Turn around and leave the area; 
  • Call 911 or local police. 

    Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Public Affairs

Military personnel will be conducting training in the vicinity of Albert Head, BC from January 29 to February 13 2024  

 January 26, 2024 – Albert Head, BC– Department of National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

 The Canadian Armed Forces will be conducting underwater diver training in the vicinity of Albert Head, BC from January 29 to February 13, 2024. Exercise ROGUISH BUOY 2024 will have no impact on regular public access to shorelines and surrounding bodies of water. However, it is requested that the public remain attentive while enjoying activities in these areas to help ensure the safest possible environment for military personal that may be above or below the waterline.

 Exercise ROGUISH BUOY 2024 is the Army Dive Centre’s annual combat diving training event.  This exercise enables the Army’s Combat Divers to practice their skills, tactics and procedures, while also maintaining their high standards of diver certification necessary to support Canadian Armed Forces operations. This exercise will be conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, in compliance with Canadian Armed Forces’ safety regulations and applicable environmental protection regulations.

 This training poses no risk to public safety and is essential to develop well-trained professional soldiers within the Canadian Army. There will be an increased military presence in the vicinity of Albert Head during the exercise. Standard diver training pyrotechnics will also be employed to enhance realistic training scenarios.

We would like to thank the public for their continued support of our military community.

National Defence-Combat Training Centre Headquarters

 

Monthly Test of CFB Esquimalt’s Mass Notification System  

  January 31, 2024 – Esquimalt, B.C. – Department of National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy

 The monthly test of CFB Esquimalt’s Mass Notification System will take place on February 7, 2024 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    

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

Bentinck Island Range 

February 6, 2024 – 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 Wednesday, February 7, 2024 to Friday, February 9, 2024. 

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. 

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. 

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