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3rd Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton

History of Canadian Armed Forces Base, CFB Edmonton Garrison

Edmonton Garrison


The third Canadian Division Support Base, CFB Edmonton is a Canadian Forces base located in Sturgeon County north Edmonton and east of St. Alberta municipality. CFB Edmonton Garrison is also known as the Steele Barracks.

The history of this Canadian Armed force Edmonton Base begins the old Blatchford Field airfield, named after Kenny Blatchford who was a former mayor of Edmonton.


During the First World War, this airfield began operating and became vital to the development of the Canadian north, a staging point for the U.S. defence of Alaska and was heavily used by the U.S. military.


During the Second World War, the Blatchford Field was a training station under the British Commonwealth which formed a Royal Canadian Air Force Flying Training School and used the aerodrome.


Since the Blatchford Field airfield could not be expanded due to the proximity of Edmonton, the United States Government built a new air facility at Namao, a hamlet within Sturgeon County located approximately seven kilometres north of our city limits. It was the namesake of RCAF Station Namao, now CFB Edmonton, which is directly south of the hamlet.


The RCAF Station Namao was used by the United States Strategic Air Command, during the Cold War. It constructed a "Nose Dock" capable of servicing the nose and wings of heavy jet bombers and tankers on the south side of the airfield and also hosted the Edmonton Rescue Coordination Center, and served as home base for United Nations Food Aid flights, delivering much-needed aid third world countries, and was a designated an emergency Space Shuttle landing site by NASA.


When Canada's armed forces were amalgamated in 1968, the RCAF Station Namao was re-designated CFB Edmonton and was under command of the new Air Transport Command. Today, both runways are still visible, but they are no longer in use with the exception of helicopters.


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CFB Edmonton Garrison

CFB Garrison is located in Sturgeon County, bounded by northeast border of Edmonton and covers 2550 hectares of land. The main site is named Steele Barracks after Sir Samuel Steele, an original founding member of the Northwest Mounted Police. 


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The 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton, called CFB Garrison is one of Canada's best Canadian Armed forces Bases and a great place to be posted and offers several facilities and services for its members including...


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  • Arena, Exercise Facility Combat Training to Yoga
  • An arena which features an outdoor and two indoor NHL standard rinks.
  • A hobby shop, home of the Edmonton Garrison Auto Club and Wood Hobby Club.
  • A community center that offers several facilities including a licensed day care, library, and youth center.
  • A memorial equestrian centre that includes a large indoor and outdoor riding arenas, and a 42 stall barn.
  • A large fitness center with multi-functional recreation centers and offers a wide range of programs and services. This facility includes a Cardio/Weight Room, Climbing Wall, Tactical Athlete Room, 4 full size gym courts, 3 pools, squash courts, and an indoor running track.
  • A memorial golf course stretched with championship tees totaling near 7000 yards.
  • The famous Edmonton Garrison curling club facilities where you can bring your friends to enjoy some great food and drinks on our patio during the summer or inside during the winter.
  • Three distinct messes which members and the public can book conferences, private functions, weddings, parties, events, and other activities.

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CAF POLICY CHANGES & INFORMATION

As a military relocation Realtor in Edmonton and the surrounding area, it is important to stay current with information relating to military relocation moves and the Brookfield policies.

One of the biggest changes is the home equity assistance benefit, especially in our soft Edmonton real estate market. This has been a blessing for many of our DND members. It has helped both Canadian Armed Forces home sellers who would have otherwise, not been able to sell their current Alberta residence. It has also helped our military DND members who have been posted to CFB Garrison.


Below is a PDF with some great information on the directives that were updated in April 2018.


CAF POLICY CHANGES & INFORMATION PDF


If you get a posting message to or from Edmonton, there is plenty of information you need to know. Below is a link with helpful information provided by Brookfield Relocation Services.


http://www.forces.gc.ca/assets/FORCES_Internet/docs/en/about-policies-standards-benefits-relocation/relocation-directive-2009-2015.pdf


As an Edmonton Realtor, I specialize in military moves, approved with BGRS for buying and selling in Edmonton and the surrounding area including Morinville, Bon Accord, Gibbons, Fort Saskatchewan and St. Albert. My other real estate affiliates including inspectors and, lawyers are also on the BGRS approved vendor list.


If you have received your posting message, contact us for a relocation package to Edmonton or a complimentary pre-listing package for our DND members to maximize the equity in your home sale. 

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