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CAFD Borden

Canadian Armed Forces Day and Air Show featuring aerial performances by the world’s best military and civilian aerobatic teams, including our very own Canadian Forces Snowbirds! Feel the BOOM at the family-friendly Borden Canadian Armed Forces Day & Air Show!


Canadian Forces Base Borden (CFB Borden) is located approximately 100 kilometers north of Toronto, in the heart of Simcoe County, one of the major tourist areas in Ontario. The base is the largest training establishment in the CAF and is home to a variety of other military and Defence Team organizations. On average, CFB Borden trains 20,000 military personnel annually. It also employs approximately 3,250 military members and 1,500 civilians. The base is comprised of 21,000 acres of land, including a 6,000 acre training area. The Commander of CFB Borden is also Commander of the Military Personnel Generation Training Group (MPGTG), the headquarters of which are also located at CFB Borden.  CFB Borden was created to train more troops for Canada’s contribution to the First World War.


Known at the time as “Sandy Plains”, the ground was designated as a new training grounds for Canadian Expeditionary Force battalions destined for over-seas duty. The Grey and Simcoe Foresters cleared the land, and in the summer of 1916 Camp Borden was officially opened by Sir Sam Hughes, the Minister of Militia and Defense. Thousands of soldiers trained in Borden, and development continued, including 18 km of trenches built to simulate the trench warfare of WWI. CFB Borden celebrated its centennial year in 2016 and is proud to continue our mission of training for a second century.

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