1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

Who We Are

The 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1 CRPG) is responsible for Nunavut Territory, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, and Atlin, British Columbia, which account for about 40 percent of Canada's land mass. 1 CRPG has an establishment of 1,800 Rangers in 60 patrols and more than 1,400 Junior Canadian Rangers (JCRs) in 44 communities across the north. 1 CRPG’s headquarters is located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and reports to 3rd Canadian Division.

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: participating in Northern operations, conducting North Warning Site patrols, reporting suspicious and unusual activities, assisting in Search and Rescue when tasked, and collecting local data of military significance.

Canadian Rangers are easily identified by their distinctive red t-shirt, red sweatshirt, combat pants and a 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 Indigenous languages.

The Canadian Rangers have a tremendous impact on the lives of people in their communities. 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 Tim Halfkenny
    Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer Derek Millard


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: 867-873-0700, Ext. 6832
Toll Free: 1-833-673-5068
Fax: 867-873-6805


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