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Winter survival training for Canadian Army soldiers in Canada's North

March 4, 2016 – Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

On March 5, 2016, soldiers from 5th Canadian Division’s Arctic Response Company Group (ARCG) will deploy to Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, to hone their skills in winter survival and enhance their combat skills in an extreme cold weather environment on Exercise STALWART GOOSE.   The annual winter exercise will run until March 12.

Personnel from 37 Canadian Brigade Group (37 CBG) and 5th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (5 CRPG), along with members of 5 Wing Goose Bay and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, will join the ARCG for the week-long exercise.

Exercise participants will conduct long range snowmobile patrols, build improvised shelters and defence structures, and establish ice roads and aircraft landing strips to enable mobility. They will also exercise winter warfare and survival skills training in winter conditions.

The Canadian Rangers, known as the “eyes and ears” of the North, will be supporting this exercise, passing on their expert survival and navigation skills.


“Exercise STALWART GOOSE is one of the many ways the Canadian Army contributes to the security of Canada’s North. The Canadian Armed Forces need to be ready to operate in any environment and Canada’s North offers some of the most challenging terrain in our vast country.”

Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

“Exercise STALWART GOOSE is going to be an exciting and demanding opportunity that will develop our soldiers’ individual and collective skills in northern operations and make them more confident in their abilities to operate in this often unforgiving environment.”

Brigadier-General Carl Turenne, Commander, 5th Canadian Division

Quick Facts

  • Four Arctic Response Company Groups (ARCGs) provide forces for sovereignty operations across the Canadian North. They are primarily composed of Army reservists and supported by the Regular Force. Two ARCGs are maintained at high-readiness for summer deployments and two for winter deployments.
  • Approximately 240 members of the Canadian Armed Forces will participate in Exercise STALWART GOOSE 2016.

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Master Corporal Jeff Wicks, a member of 1st Battalion

Master Corporal Jeff Wicks, a member of 1st Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, and a member of 37 Canadian Brigade Group, signals to snowmobilers behind him that he is slowing down on a trail through the woods outside 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, on March 2, 2015.

Exercise STALWART GOOSE was created in response to the growing strategic importance of Canada’s Arctic region. It occurs this year in the first week of March in order to train the Arctic Response Company Group (ARCG).

Photo by Warrant Officer Jerry Kean/5 CDN DIV Public Affairs

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