CFB Garrison History

The history of CFB Edmonton Garrison begins at an old airfield called Blatchford Field. The airfield began operating after the First World War and became important to the opening up and development of the Canadian north. During the Second World War, Blatchford Field became a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) training station under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. The RCAF also ran No. 4 Initial Training School which was a ground school located at the University of Alberta. Many Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons and units were once located here.

During the war, the airfield became a staging point for the U.S. defense of Alaska and was heavily used by the U.S. military. In 1968, when Canada's armed forces were amalgamated, RCAF Station Namao has redesignated Canadian Forces Base Edmonton. Although both runways are still visible they are no longer in use except for a section now used by helicopters. In 2010–2011, the Government of Canada announced the construction of new facilities for visiting Canadian Armed Forces members training at CFB Garrison. 

CFB Garrison Today

The principal function of the CFB Edmonton today is to field a general-purpose combat-effective mechanized brigade group, or any portion thereof, ready for deployment to a minimal-intensity battlefield in accordance with assigned tasks. CFB Garrison is the headquarters of the 3rd Canadian Division, the highest army authority in western Canada, and 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG), the only Regular Force brigade group in the region. This Canadian Forces base is located in Sturgeon County a few minutes north of our city. It is also known as Edmonton Garrison or "Steele Barracks".

CFB Garrison Facilities

The Edmonton Garrison military facilities include:

  • Twin Rinks Arena with an NHL standard rink and an outdoor community rink.

  • Hobby Shop with a woodshop and a fully functional Auto Shop with a wash bay, paint booth, and hoists.

  • Community Centre that offers several facilities including the Military Family Resource Centre.

  • A community garden is divided into small plots for individual horticultural efforts

  • The Garrison Memorial Equestrian Centre includes a large indoor riding arena

  • Memorial Golf & Curling Club catered to the military

  • Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC), established in 1989

  • Officers' Mess, Warrant Officer's & Sergeant's Mess & Jr Ranks Mess

  • CFB Garrison Fitness Centre with a wide range of facilities and services

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