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Article / February 13, 2015 / Project number: c-ar-moose-survival

Roughly 100 members of The Algonquin Regiment, Canadian Rangers, and Cadets from Northern Ontario Cadet Corps took part in Exercise MOOSE SURVIVAL in Cobalt, Ontario from February 6-8, 2015. The exercise involved practicing survival skills on Saturday and a Freedom of the Municipality Parade for Cobalt, Ontario on Sunday.

During the first day members of The Algonquin Regiment and Cadets had the unique opportunity to learn survival skills from subject matter experts, Canadian Rangers from 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. Participants, for example, learned how to build a fire, construct an emergency shelter, snare animals, ice fish, and how to escape from frigid water. “As soldiers and citizen of the North,” explained Lieutenant Colonel Pat Bryden, Commanding Officer of The Algonquin Regiment, “winter survival skills are not only vital for our ability to operate and fight in the winter, but are helpful in our civilian lives as well.”

On the second day of the exercise, troops tore down their winter camp and conducted a Freedom of the Municipality parade in the nearby town of Cobalt, Ontario. This type of parade is part of a long military tradition where, historically, if a military unit was deemed trustworthy, the unit was granted The Freedom of the City which entitled the unit to march through the street with drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed. For the Algonquin Regiment in Cobalt this was a particular honour since 100 years ago the Regiment recruited men from the Cobalt and area to act as soldiers in the First World War. Mayor of Cobalt, Tina Sartoretto, described the parade as “not just symbolic, but moving and emotional as well. Despite the cold many of the town came out to watch the parade and show their support for The Algonquin Regiment.” Valery Williams, whose grandfather who lived in Cobalt and served in the First and Second World War, said it was excellent to see that the town still had a strong connection to the military.

The Algonquin Regiment is a member of 33 Canadian Brigade Group, a military formation that is made up of 16 Army Reserve units located throughout Eastern and Northern Ontario. For more information on the 33 Canadian Brigade Group and Algonquin Regiment check out the our facebook page at

by Captain Scott Atchison

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