1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

Who We Are

The 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1 CRPG) encompasses Nunavut, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Atlin, B.C. which account for about 40 percent of Canada's land mass. 1 CRPG has an establishment of 1800 Rangers in 60 patrols and more than 1400 Junior Canadian Rangers (JCR) in 42 communities across the north. 1 CRPG headquarters is located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and reports to the Canadian Army and Canada Joint Operations Command/Joint Task Force (North)

The mission of the Canadian Rangers is to provide lightly equipped, self sufficient, mobile forces in support of Canadian Forces sovereignty and domestic operation tasks in Canada.

In the north, these main tasks include; participation in Northern Operations, conduct North Warning Site patrols, report suspicious and unusual activities, assist in Search and Rescue when tasked and collect local data of military significance.

Canadian Rangers are easily identified by their distinctive red t-shirt, red sweatshirt, combat pants and ball cap emblazoned with the Ranger crest.

They work in remote and northern regions of Canada to support the Canadian Forces. Their motto is “Vigilans,” meaning The Watchers. Many Canadian Rangers in 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group are Inuit and speak Inuktitut as their first language. Others speak Dene or other native languages.

The Canadian Rangers have a tremendous impact on the lives of people in their hamlets. A significance number of Rangers hold leadership positions as mayors, chiefs or Ranger sergeants.

From helping to recover lost persons to representing the Canadian Forces to setting a positive example for the youth, Canadian Rangers in the north are always ready to participate. Rangers are active community members who have a positive influence on their peers and are often seen as role models for young people.

Join Our Team

Contact the Canadian Ranger Sergeant in your community. Information is located under Contact Us

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Command Team

Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-colonel Luis Carvallo
Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer Andre Lavallée


For information about the vehicles and weapons used by the Canadian Army visit our Equipment page.

Contact Us

1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
PO Box 6666 Station Main
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2R3 
Phone: 1-867-873-0700, Ext. 6832
Fax: 867-873-6805


Augering hole in the ice

Canadian Rangers Ocean Watch program assisting Arctic research

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories — Canadian Rangers are assisting the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in gathering data that a DFO report says will offer “unprecedented” views of Arctic waters.
February 16, 2018

Group inspect their equipment in Resolute Bay

Putting boots in the snow during Exercise NOREX 2017

Resolute Bay, Nunavut — While the Air Force may fly over it and the Navy may sail past it, the Canadian Army and the Canadian Rangers must operate overland in the harsh conditions of the Arctic, and, every year, elements of the 4th Canadian Division head north to do just that during Exercise NOREX.
April 11, 2017

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