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Canadian Forces Base Goose Bay
Canadian Forces Base Goose Bay

A Canadian Forces base or CFB (French: base des Forces canadiennes, BFC) is a military installation of the Canadian Armed Forces. For a facility to qualify as a Canadian Forces base, it must station one or more major units (e.g., army regiments, navy ships, air force wings).

Minor installations are named Canadian Forces station or CFS (French: station des Forces canadiennes, SFC). A Canadian Forces station could host a single minor unit (e.g., an early-warning radar station). Many of these facilities are now decommissioned for administrative purposes and function as detachments of a larger Canadian Forces base nearby.

Current

Canadian Army

Note: Primary lodger units at Canadian Forces Bases used by the Canadian Army are regiments of the Canadian Army.

Edmonton
Edmonton
Suffield
Suffield
Wainwright
Wainwright
Shilo
Shilo
Gagetown
Gagetown
Kingston
Kingston
Borden
Borden
Petawawa
Petawawa
Montreal
Montreal
Valcartier
Valcartier
Canadian Forces Bases (Army) locations.

Alberta:

Manitoba:

New Brunswick:

Ontario:

Quebec:

Royal Canadian Navy

Note: Primary lodger units at Canadian Forces Bases used by the Royal Canadian Navy are individual commissioned ships of the RCN.

Esquimalt
Esquimalt
Halifax
Halifax
Canadian Forces Base (RCN) locations.

British Columbia:

Nova Scotia:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Note: Primary lodger units at Canadian Forces Bases used by the Royal Canadian Air Force are wings of the RCAF.

Cold Lake
Cold Lake
Comox
Comox
Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Gander
Gander
Goose Bay
Goose Bay
Greenwood
Greenwood
Kingston
Kingston
Borden
Borden
North Bay
North Bay
Trenton
Trenton
Bagotville
Bagotville
Moose Jaw
Moose Jaw
Canadian Forces Base (RCAF) locations.

Alberta:

British Columbia:

Manitoba:

Newfoundland and Labrador:

Nova Scotia:

Ontario:

Quebec:

Saskatchewan:

The RCAF supplies aircraft to Canadian Joint Operations Command, which frequently operate from a chain of forward operating locations (FOLs) at various civilian airfields across northern Canada, capable of supporting RCAF operations. CF-18 Hornets, CP-140 Auroras and various transport and search and rescue aircraft periodically deploy to these FOLs for short training exercises, Arctic sovereignty patrols, aid to the civil power, or search and rescue operations.

All services

NDHQ
NDHQ
CFS St. John's
CFS St. John's
CFNA HQ Yellowknife
CFNA HQ Yellowknife
CFS Alert
CFS Alert
CFS Leitrim
CFS Leitrim
CFLRS
CFLRS
CFNA HQ Whitehorse
CFNA HQ Whitehorse
Remaining Canadian Armed Forces locations.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nunavut

Ontario

Quebec

Yukon

Closed

Defunct bases

Alberta:

British Columbia:

Manitoba:

New Brunswick:

Nova Scotia:

Ontario:

Prince Edward Island

Quebec:

Other:

Defunct stations

Alberta:

British Columbia:

Manitoba:

New Brunswick:

Nova Scotia:

Newfoundland and Labrador:

Northwest Territories:

Nunavut:

Ontario:

Quebec:

Saskatchewan:

Yukon:

Other:

The Canadian Forces were reduced during the 1990s from a high of 90,000 personnel in the late 1980s to the present force levels. Coinciding with personnel and equipment reductions was the politically controversial decision to close a number of bases and stations which were obsolete or created duplication.

A small number of these "closed" facilities have actually continued operating as before; but, because of cost and administrative efficiency—or, in the case of radio and radar facilities, automation—, they have been absorbed into other nearby bases and therefore do not qualify for separate designations. For example, the CF Leadership and Recruit School at St. Jean, Quebec, is now a lodger unit of CFB Montreal, and the former CFS Masset is a detachment of CFS Leitrim. Other facilities are now used as training grounds for reserve/militia units.

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