Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 26, 2016 14:51 ET

Valcartier Base Opens its Doors to the Public

VALCARTIER, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 26, 2016) -

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This Saturday, August 27, the Valcartier Base will greet citizens during an open house event aimed at better informing visitors on the military environment while enjoying unique and entertaining activities. Between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., younger and older people from Quebec and elsewhere will have the chance to enjoy a host of activities absolutely free.

Among the military activities, some are simply exceptional:

  • Integration of visitors within an assault course alongside the troops (throughout the day)
  • Demonstrations of an attack led by an infantry section (9:40 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 12:40 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.)

Quick Facts

For the young ones

  • Zumba with Dora the Explorer (10:00 a.m.)
  • Nez à Nez Circus (10:45 a.m.)
  • Inflatable games, face painting, small train, mechanical bull and euro bungee (throughout the day)

For young and old

  • Shows: Daniel Grenier, stand-up comedian (1:00 p.m.); Stéphane Bélanger, imitator (1:00 p.m.); Royal 22e Régiment Band with the participation of the young singer from Quebec Naomie Turcotte (3:00 p.m.); and the famous Red Guard (3:15 p.m.)
  • Helicopter descent repelling (9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.) and skydiving (10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
  • Visitor rides in armoured vehicles (throughout the day)
  • Participation of visitors in an obstacle course; a course for children and another course for all ages (throughout the day)
  • Exhibition of vehicles, weapons and military equipment (throughout the day)


"Many residents of the Quebec City region believe that the Valcartier military Base is somewhat closed, inaccessible. The open house to be held this Saturday is precisely aimed at allowing people to get to know Valcartier soldiers, ask them questions and, of course, take pleasure in discovering the environment in which the troops evolve."

Colonel Michel-Henri St-Louis, Commander 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group

"Although I'm an artillery soldier working on the Base, I'll take the day Saturday to exchange with my colleagues from other units. We are all very busy and don't often have the opportunity to take time to discuss with each other. I'll be in my father's company, a former artilleryman, who will take a look at the latest artillery pieces like the M777 howitzer, acquired by his old regiment. It's not every day that civilians have the chance to set foot in Valcartier and personally meet the soldiers from all over the province and the country."

Lieutenant Ève-Sophie Lefebvre, spokesperson for the open house event and member of 5e Régiment d'artillerie légère du Canada

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