PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - Monthly Test of CFB Esquimalt's Mass Notification System

Bentinck Island Range


            March 06, 2017 – Esquimalt, B.C. – Department of National Defence/ Royal Canadian Navy


           The land-based demolition range at Bentinck Island will be in use as follows:


March 10 8:30 am to 4 pm
March 13-17 8:30 am to 4 pm
March 20-24 8:30 am to 4 pm
March 27 8:30 am to 4 pm
March 28 8:30 am to 4 pm
March 29 8:30 am to 4 pm


Bentinck Island is located near Race Rocks in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Used as a terrestrial demolition range by the Canadian Armed Forces, local residents will likely be unaware of the activities except on days when environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and wind direction affect how far the sound will travel.

Numerous studies have been conducted on the potential environmental effects of Bentinck Island demolitions.  Specifically, blast noise in the marine environment during land-based demolitions is almost undetectable by acoustic equipment above that of other underwater background sounds such as waves and marine life.

The public is reminded that no unauthorized person may enter this area and trespassing is prohibited.


Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Public Affairs
Phone: 250-363-4006

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 9:30am