Canadian Army Reserves to train on area highways

Military convoys, like the one seen here, will be out traversing major roads and highways throughout eastern Ontario from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28, 2023, as part of Canadian Army Reserve personnel training. This training convoy will travel through Kingston and the area, according to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Photo via the CAF.

Those in the Kingston area – and throughout a large swath of Ontario – are likely to see military vehicles on the roads over the coming days as Canadian Army Reserve personnel carry out training.

According to a public service announcement (PSA) from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Canadian Army Reserve personnel from 31 Service Battalion will be conducting convoy operations from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28, 2023. The training will occur in and between the Hamilton, London, Kingston, and Ottawa areas. Activities will include driver training and road moves using planned routes on Ontario highways.

“This is regularly scheduled training that keeps Combat Service Support personnel and units ready to respond to missions in Canada — like floods and wildfires – and helps maintain their capability to support international stability operations with partners and allies,” the CAF stated in a press release on Thursday, May 25, 2023.

“Participating personnel will conduct planned short halts and longer halts throughout the duration of the exercise, stopping for rest, fuel, and scheduled maintenance.”

Members of the public may see military vehicles on the following major roads and highways:

  • Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) highway
  • Highway 407
  • Highway 401
  • Highway 417
  • Highway 418
  • Highway 7
  • Highway 41

“This important training is being conducted in order to keep local Canadian Army Reserve members’ skills current on convoy drills, navigation, unit and driver discipline, and on the safe and effective operation of specific vehicle platforms,” the Armed Forces conveyed.

“All measures are being taken to ensure minimum inconvenience in these areas during the exercise dates. Members of the public are asked to take extra caution when approaching military vehicles, and are thanked in advance for their understanding and co-operation.”

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