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 over 1850 Rangers in 60 patrols and more than 1650 Junior Canadian Rangers (JCR) in 41 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 are the eyes and ears of the Canadian Forces in the North, hence their motto VIGILANS – “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: Major Craig Volstad

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


Members of 1st Canadian Rangers Patrol Group Conduct Annual Training

August 5, 2016 — Whitehorse, Yukon — National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
August 5, 2016

Operation NUNAKPUT 2016 launches today in Yellowknife

July 5, 2016 – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
July 6, 2016

Canadian Rangers have a new national training program

Forty Canadian Rangers and ten Ranger instructors from the five Canadian Ranger Patrol Groups (CRPGs) will participate in a pilot Canadian Ranger Patrol Leader (CRPL) course, which will be held at Farnham Garrison, Quebec, from May 21 to 28, 2016.
May 19, 2016

Canadian Ranger Dollie Simon in bow and arrow training at the range.

The work of Canadian Ranger Dollie Simon is never done

Master Corporal Therese “Dollie” Simon may not include juggling in her impressive list of skills and responsibilities as a member of the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, but she must do a lot of it.
March 21, 2016

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