Canadian Army Reserves to train on area roads

Military convoys, like the one seen here, will be out traversing major roads and highways throughout eastern Ontario from Friday, Feb. 3 to Sunday, Feb. 5, 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 eastern 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, 23 Support Company, will be conducting driver and convoy operations training from Friday, Feb. 3 to Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. The training will occur between Hamilton, Ottawa, and Petawawa, and will include convoy training on a planned highway route through Hamilton, Trenton, Kingston, Ottawa, Petawawa, and Peterborough.

“This is regular, scheduled training that keeps our Combat Service Support personnel and units ready to respond to missions in Canada – like floods and wildfires – and in support of international stability operations,” the CAF stated in a press release on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023.

“Participating personnel will remain within their vehicles as dismounted drills are not planned, except for maintenance purposes.”

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 7
  • Highway 417
  • Highway 115
  • Highway 17

“This important training is being conducted to keep local Canadian Army Reserve members’ skills current on convoy drills, unit 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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