Practising UXO Safety at the Former Tracadie Range, New Brunswick

Training at past military sites often involved the use of live ammunition, some of which did not function as intended. These old military explosives are called unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO). UXO may still be present at former training locations, and can be dangerous if disturbed.

To ensure these areas remain safe for Canadians, the Department of National Defence (DND) regularly assesses former military sites for UXO. Through its UXO program, DND conducts ongoing research, interviews, and in-person site visits. If any possible risks are identified, active steps are taken to inform the public and perform the necessary UXO site surveys and clearance work.

From 1939 to 1994, the former Tracadie Range was used by the Department of National Defence (DND) for military training and weapons practice. This training often involved the use of live ammunition, some of which did not function as intended. These old military explosives are called unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO). UXO may still be present at the former range, and can be dangerous if disturbed.

As this property was transferred to the Province of New Brunswick in 1997, we continue to work closely with the Province to ensure that targeted areas remains safe for forestry, commercial blueberry, and firefighting activities. We have completed several UXO surveys and targeted clearance operations to reduce UXO risks at the former military site.

As part of our regular UXO program work, we are currently engaged in ongoing UXO survey and clearance operations. We will be holding community info sessions, and will be installing updated UXO caution signs in Summer 2019 which include the latest safety information for people entering the area.

We encourage you to continue to use good judgement and caution when at the former Tracadie Range. This includes staying on designated trails, and avoiding digging or starting campfires.

If you have any questions about our UXO activities at the former Tracadie Range, please contact us by e-mail at UXOCanada@forces.gc.ca.

If you see something that looks like it may be UXO, please follow these steps:

  • Don’t touch it.
  • Turn around and leave the area the same way you came in.
  • Call 911 or local police. 

If you have any questions about DND’s UXO activities at the former Tracadie Range, please contact us by e-mail at UXOCanada@forces.gc.ca.

Through its UXO program, DND is working to reduce UXO risks at former military sites across Canada and ensure these areas are safe for Canadians. To learn more about UXO safety and DND’s UXO program, visit: Canada.ca/UXO-Safety

Map of the Former Tracadie Range

Figure 1 – Map of the Former Tracadie Range

UXO Safety Sign

Figure 2 – UXO Safety Sign

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