Operation Killer Whale

25 Cadets of RCSCC Fraser travelled to Victoria, BC last weekend for an adventure in our provincial capital city. An early start in Tsawwassen gave us most of the day to explore the Coast Guard's Marine Communications and Traffic Service (MCTS), see Tornado Alley at the IMAX and have an educational tour of the Legislative Assembly buildings downtown Victoria. 

The MCTS facility at Pat Bay is one of several stations responsible for marine safety in and around the Victoria and Vancouver area. Responding to distress calls, routine marine traffic control and the broadcast of weather and safety information are amongst their responsibilities. Cadets were also able to board and tour the CCGS John B. Tully, a science research vessel that was alongside for refit.

Saturday included a tour of Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Ottawa, a Halifax Class Canadian Patrol Frigate. The CPF is the workhorse of the Royal Canadian Navy and we were thrilled to be received so warmly by the ship's Officers and Crew. Our scheduled one hour tour turned into two and a half hours as the cadets continued to explore the ship and ask informed questions about HMCS Ottawa and life in the Navy.  We rounded out the day by spending the afternoon exploring Hatley Park National Historic Site. Many cadets had their first geocaching experience, leading to both excitement and some frustration as they searched for hidden caches around the beautiful park. For those interested in more information, please see this youtube video that describes the sport. 

We finished our weekend with a morning and afternoon of canoeing at Thetis Lake Provincial Park just outside of Victoria. Captains Bryanne Materi and Pietro Solda were our guest instructors as we paddled our way out onto the lake. It was a great day to be out on the water.

Photos from the trip are all on our Facebook Page and I encourage you to check them out!