Canadian Army’s largest annual exercise begins

News release

May 11, 2018 – Wainwright, Alta. – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2018 takes place from 13 -24 May in Wainwright, Alberta. This exercise is the most comprehensive Canadian Army training event of the year, involving approximately 6,000 troops, primarily from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group based in Valcartier, Quebec.

Designed and executed by the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre (CMTC), Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 18 sets the stage for Canadian Army soldiers to sharpen their skills within a realistic, complex, and challenging operating environment that mirrors the realities of deployed operations.

Participation in this exercise ensures that the Canadian Army is prepared to undertake any mission for the protection of Canada and the maintenance of international peace and stability as outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s Defence Policy. It also confirms Canada’s commitment to sustaining strong relationships with allies, partners, and other militaries.

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Members of Task Force Tomahawk from 2 Combat Engineer Regiment, and the 1st and 3rd Battalions of The Royal Canadian Regiment conduct intensive military training during Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE in Wainwright, Alberta, on 19 May, 2017.Photo: Corporal Andrew Wesley


“Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE is the largest collective training event that the Canadian Armed Forces conducts on an annual basis. This year’s exercise is the training culmination point for Canadian Army soldiers as they get set to embark on a year of high readiness, and prepare to deploy on operations domestically and around the globe. I am confident that this exercise will challenge all participants and deliver a Brigade Group and Air Task Force fully prepared for subsequent tasks.”

– Colonel Peter Scott, Commander, Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre

Quick facts

  • Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 18 is the largest annual Canadian Army exercise that immerses soldiers in a dynamic, multi-element, combined arms, force-on-force scenario against a challenging enemy in an environment where the realities of a deployment are replicated as closely as possible.

  • The goal of Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 18 is to ensure competent, confident and integrated military forces, able to provide scalable, mission-tailored, and responsive forces for full-spectrum operations.  

  • The CMTC is a National Training Centre, which designs and delivers joint and collective training. Short of an actual deployment, CMTC provides the most realistic and dynamic experience to prepare Canadian troops for an operational deployment.

  • Approximately 6,000 military personnel total, including 1,500 Allies and 130 Canadian Armed Forces Reservists, are involved in Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 18, from Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and France.  

  • Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2018 is the final component of the Canadian Army’s Road to High Readiness (RTHR) training program. RTHR is the Canadian Army’s flagship training regime that prepares soldiers for domestic or expeditionary deployments, as mandated by the Government of Canada. 

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Captain Bonnie Wilken
Exercise Maple Resolve 2018 Public Affairs Officer
Phone: 587-337-0739

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353

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