Canadian Leaders at Sea program

The Canadian Leaders at Sea program provides a unique opportunity for Canadians to engage in all aspects of life in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Learn and understand more about the RCN through a hands-on and fully immersive experience, both at-sea and ashore. The programs are typically hosted at Canadian Forces Bases Halifax and Esquimalt.

The experience

Participants will have the opportunity to discover their blue water Navy and have access to ships, submarines and naval installations. They will be able to interact with sailors and public servants to observe their skills, competence and commitment in the performance of their duties to protect Canada and defend Canadian interests around the world. As a result, they will have a greater understanding of the RCN’s past, present and future service to Canada.

“It was an amazing experience and reaffirms to me both how capable our navy is and how critically important it is to Canadian national security!”
Dr. Robert Huebert Senior Research Fellow in Political Science at the University of Calgary

Who participates

Contact us


Western region – 250-507-7646
Central/Eastern region – 418-931-9612
Atlantic region – 902-440-6131

Email: Strategic Outreach

Canadians who have in interest in learning more about their Navy are eligible for the program. 

When it happens

Programs are scheduled throughout the year when RCN ships and submarines sail for exercises and operations.

Where we set off

Though programs usually start in Halifax, Nova Scotia or Esquimalt, British Columbia they can be held in other locations in Canada, even international locations, depending on sailing schedules.

Associated costs

All expenses including but not limited to travel, accommodations and meals ashore are the sole responsibility of participants. However, while onboard one of Canada’s warships or submarines, accommodations and food will be provided.

“It gave me deep insight into the skill, competence and commitment of our Navy in the work they do above and below the sea. It also gave me an even greater appreciation for those who have to leave their families and friends to spend months at a time on those vessels to serve and protect our country.” Marwan Tabbara MP Kitchener South-Hespeler, ON

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