Patrols of the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

The 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group is responsible for Canada’s four Western provinces. Its patrols are located throughout the sparsely populated northern and isolated areas of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The 100 Mile House Patrol

100 Mile House acquired its current name during the Cariboo Gold Rush where a roadhouse was constructed in 1862 at the 100 Mile mark, which equates to 160 KM, up the Old Cariboo Road from Lillooet. 100 Mile House is now a centre for outdoor activities. The surrounding area features many lakes for boating and fishing. The Cariboo ski marathon attracts a large and international field of cross-country (Nordic) skiers.The 100 Mile House Canadian Ranger patrol opened in March of 1993.

  • Population: 1981
  • Location: 51° 38' 31" N 121° 17' 50" W
The Peace River Patrol

Peace River is located on the banks of the Peace River at its confluence with the Smoky River, the Heat River and Pat’s Creek, Alberta. The town of Peace River is situated nearly 1000 feet below the relatively flat terrain surrounding. The Peace River Canadian Ranger patrol opened in January of 2002.

  • Population: 6315
  • Location: 56° 14' 09" N 117° 17' 23" W 
The Bella Coola Patrol

Bella Coola is at western extremity of the Bella Coola Valley. Bella Coola usually refers to the entire valley, encompassing the settlements of Bella Coola proper, Lower Bella Coola, Hagensborg, Saloompt, Nusatsum, Firvale and Stuie. Located 100 km inland up the Burke Channel and the North Bentinck Arm of the Pacific Ocean, getting to Bella Coola is an adventure travelling Highway 20 from Williams. The Bella Coola Canadian Ranger patrol opened in January of 1999 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 778
  • Location: 52° 22' N 126° 45' W
The Port Clements Patrol

Port Clements is located on Graham Island, the largest island of the ecologically unique Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii. A cozy little town by the sea offering breathtaking sunsets, magical rainbows and a spectacular sky line. With easy access to Masset Inlet and the forest settings beyond, Port Clements is a centre for fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreational activities. The Port Clements Canadian Ranger patrol opened in June of 1992.

  • Population: 440
  • Location: 53° 41' 16" N 132° 10' 08" W
The Churchill Patrol

Churchill is located on the shore of the Hudson Bay in Manitoba, and has a rich history. Archaeology in the area shows evidence of human presence dating back 4000 years. The Prince of Wales Fort, built in the mid 1700's by the Hudson Bay Company, sits just across the river, a reminder of the fur trade which first put modern day Churchill on the map. The Churchill Canadian Ranger patrol opened in March of 1971 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 921
  • Location: 58° 46' 09" N 094° 10' 09" W
The Port Hardy Patrol

Port Hardy located at the end of Highway 19 on the north end of Vancouver Island. Port Hardy is the gateway for The North Coast Trail in Cape Scott Provincial Park, is the BC Ferries starting point to Prince Rupert via the scenic Inside Passage and has some of the best scuba diving on the planet according to the internationally acclaimed Jacque Cousteau. The Port Hardy Canadian Ranger patrol opened in February of 1991 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 3864
  • Location: 50° 25' 56" N 127° 17' 35" W
The Dease Lake Patrol

Dease Lake sits astride a pass separating the basins of the Dease River to the North and that of Tanzilla to the South, a tributary of the Stikine river. The pass is part of the Continental Divide and is a division point between drainage to the Pacific Ocean, via the Stikine, and the Arctic Ocean, via the Liard and Mackenzie Rivers. The Dease Lake Canadian Ranger patrol opened in April of 1993 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 450
  • Location: 58° 26' 00" N 130° 01' 27" W
The Port McNeill Patrol

Port McNeill BC was originally established as a base camp for logging operations. The town itself provides 8% of the total harvest of timber in BC. Additionally, Port McNeill is home to the largest sand and gravel quarry in the northern hemisphere. The Port McNeill Canadian Ranger patrol opened in February of 1991 and supports Junior Canadian Ranger patrols at both Port McNeill and Alert Bay.

  • Population: 2623
  • Location: 50º 35' N 127º 06' W
The Fond du Lac Patrol

Fond du Lac is located on the shore of Lake Athabasca, northern Saskatchewan. Fond du Lac is a remote community, accessible by air. The main business today in Fond-du-Lac is mineral mining. Fishing, hunting, trapping and guiding services to the many fishing camps in the area are also provided. The Fond du Lac Canadian Ranger patrol opened in March 1999 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 801
  • Location: 59° 19' N 107° 11' W 
The Port Simpson Patrol

Port Simpson also known as Lax K'walaams, is a primarily First Nations community near Prince Rupert, BC. The town of Port Simpson was originally an HBC outpost, Its name comes from the Tsimshian language and means "place of wild roses". The Port Simpson Canadian Ranger patrol opened in March of 1991 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 679
  • Location: 54º 35' N 130º 25' W
The Fort Chipewyan Patrol

Fort Chipewyan is located on the western tip of Lake Athabasca, north eastern Alberta. Fort Chipewyan commonly known as “Fort Chip” shares the distinction with Fort Vermilion of being the oldest European settlement in Alberta. There are no all season roads to service the community at Fort Chipewyan. The Fort Chipewyan Canadian Ranger patrol opened in April 1993 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 915
  • Location: 58° 46' N 111° 07' W
The Pouce Coupe Patrol

Pouce Coupe French for "cut-thumb" was settled by European immigrant Hector Tremblay in 1898. Mr. Tremblay, being a French speaking individual, translated the original name of 'Pouskapie's Prairie' into the nearest French words of similar sound. Pouce Coupe is close to the Alberta border along Highway 2 whose main industries are agriculture, petroleum and tourism. The Pouce Coupe Canadian Ranger patrol opened in September of 1993 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 739
  • Location: 55º 42' 57" N 120º 08' 02" W
The Fort Nelson Patrol

Fort Nelson named in honour of Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, RN was established as a trading post in 1805 by the North West Company. Throughout its history Fort Nelson has had to move five times due to flooding on the Fort Nelson River. Fort Nelson now currently lies on the shores of one of the Fort Nelson River's tributaries, the Muskwa River. The Fort Nelson Canadian Ranger patrol opened in April of 2009.

  • Population: 4514
  • Location: 58° 48' 21" N 122° 41' 47" W
The Powell River Patrol

Powell River while not on an island, is accessible to vehicles only by ferry. The surrounding inlets banked by mountainous terrain have made roads to other areas of the BC mainland thus far unfeasible. Powell River is the largest community on the Sunshine Coast of BC, known today, for its dynamic cultural life, fascinating heritage, Aboriginal tours and great outdoor recreation - including, hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, and superb scuba diving. The Powell River Canadian Ranger patrol opened in October of 1998.

  • Population: 19,599
  • Location: 49° 50' 07" N 124° 31' 29" W
The Fort Vermilion Patrol

Fort Vermilion is located on the banks of the Peace River in north western Alberta. Fort Vermilion shares the distinction of being the oldest European settlement in Alberta with Fort Chipewyan. The Fort Vermilion Canadian Ranger patrol opened in January of 2002 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 1326
  • Location: 58° 23'24" N 116° 01' 00" W
The Sandspit Patrol

Sandspit is the largest community on Moresby Island of the Haida Gwaii. A former fishing community, the economic focus is now on transportation and logging. The Sandspit Canadian Ranger patrol opened in October of 1998 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 402
  • Location: 53º 14' 35" N 131º 49' 15" W
The Gillam Patrol

Gillam is located in Manitoba and lies between Thompson and Churchill on the Hudson Bay Railway line. Gillam is a significant community because of the nearby Nelson River Bipole converter station. The Gillam Canadian Ranger patrol opened January 2002.

  • Location: 56° 20' 52" N 094° 42' 32" W
The Shamattawa Patrol

Shamattawa located in Manitoba, is a remote primarily First Nations community. Situated on the shores of God's River, Shamattawa is accessible only by air and by winter ice road. The Shamattawa Canadian Ranger patrol opened August 2002, and the Junior Canadian Ranger patrol opened September 2009.

  • Population: 920
  • Location: 55° 51' 11" N 92° 05' 11" W
The Gold River Patrol

Gold River's community originally centered around logging and the pulp and paper industries. This has since shifted to ecotourism and fishing. Gold River is the gateway to Nootka sound. Gold River also serves as an historic land mark, being the closest village to the famous Yuquot, or "Friendly Cove", where British explorer Captain James Cook first set ashore. The Gold River Canadian Ranger patrol opened in March of 1992 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 1342
  • Location: 49° 46' 37" N 126° 03' 05" W
The Smithers/Telkwa Patrol

Smithers/Telkwa is located in the heart of the Bulkley Valley. The town is surrounded by mountains which provide the backdrop for the downtown's Alpine setting. Smithers provides access to mountain lakes, rivers and waterfalls. The Smithers/Telkwa Canadian Ranger patrol opened in February of 1993 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol at Telkwa approximately 18km to the south.

  • Population: 5217
  • Location: 54° 46' 55" N 127° 10' 05" W
The Grand Rapids Patrol

Grand Rapids is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Winnipeg where the Saskatchewan River enters the lake. As the name implies, the river had a significant drop at this point (more than 75 feet in less than 3 miles). In modern days, a large hydro electric generating plant has been built which was the first hydroelectric generating station built by Manitoba Hydro in northern Manitoba. Grand Rapids is Manitoba Hydro’s only generating station on the Saskatchewan River. As well as producing electricity, it is also the controlling station for the entire provincial power system.

  • Population: 355
  • Location: 53° 12' 30" N 99° 18' W
The Snow Lake Patrol

Snow Lake is located in Manitoba. The main industry is mining with one operating Zinc mine. Late in 2009 it was discovered that the Snow Lake area could have one of the largest gold rich Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide (VMS) deposits in Canada. The Snow Lake Canadian Ranger patrol opened November 2008, and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Location: 55° 51' 11" N 092° 05' 11" W
The Grande Cache Patrol

Grande Cache is located in west central Alberta at the northern border of Alberta’s Rockies. Grande Cache boasts a growing tourism industry and recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Grande Cache Canadian Ranger patrol opened in June of 2002 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 3783
  • Location: 53° 52' 29" N 119° 07' 21" W
The St. Theresa Point Patrol

St. Theresa Point is located on the southern shore of Island Lake, Manitoba. Island Lake is the sixth largest lake in the province of Manitoba. St Theresa Point is only accessible by air or winter ice roads. The St Theresa Point Canadian Ranger patrol opened November 2008 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Location: 55° 49' 54" N 094° 50' 55" W
The High Level Patrol

Level is a young and vibrant community set in the Boreal Forest of north western Alberta.The High Level Canadian Ranger patrol opened in November 2002.

  • Population: 3887
  • Location: 58° 31' 08" N 117° 07' 11" W
The Stewart Patrol

Stewart is situated across from Alaska's Misty Fiords National Park and at the end of the Portland Canal. Stewart is a unique border town attracting tourists from every corner of the world. The Stewart Canadian Ranger patrol opened in June of 1993.

  • Population: 700
  • Location: 55º 56' 09" N 129º 59' 27" W
The Hudson’s Hope Patrol

Hudson’s Hope in the Peace River Regional District is the third oldest community in the province of BC, although it was not incorporated until 1965. Hudson's Hope's main economies are the nearby W. A. C. Bennett and Peace Canyon Dams operated by BC Hydro, and timber logging. The Hudson’s Hope Canadian Ranger patrol opened in January of 1993 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 1157
  • Location: 56° 01' 54" N 121° 54' 21" W
The Terrace Patrol

Terrace is situated on the Skeena River in a region that is one of the longest continuously occupied regions in the world. The Kitselas people, a tribe of the Tsimshian Nation, have lived in the Terrace area for thousands of years. The community of Terrace is the regional retail and service hub for the northwestern portion of British Columbia.

  • Population: 11,486
  • Location: 54° 30' 59" N 128° 35' 59" W
The Île-à-la-Crosse Patrol

-à-la-Crosse is the second oldest community in Saskatchewan, after Cumberland House, having been established as a Roman Catholic mission in 1846 after being a fur trading post since 1779. Île-à-la-Crosse is located in northwest Saskatchewan on the Churchill River and its Cree name is Sakittawak, which means “where the rivers meet”.

  • Population: 1600
  • Location: 55° 27' N 107° 53' W
The Tumbler Ridge Patrol

Tumbler Ridge is situated on a plateau above the Murray and Wolverine Rivers. Tumbler Ridge is host to a resource based economy including coal mining, construction and the manufacturing sectors. Tumbler Ridge has had incredible dinosaur discoveries and hosts an amazing museum, its hiking and skiing trails are beyond words. The Tumbler Ridge Canadian Ranger patrol opened in January of 1993 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 2454
  • Location: 55º 07' 00" N 120º 58' 00" W
The Kitimat Patrol

Kitimat along with the adjacent community of Terrace in the Kitimat Valley, is the most populous urban district in Northwest British Columbia. Kitimat is a town planned and built by the Aluminum Company of Canada (Alcan) during the 1950s. The Kitimat Canadian Ranger patrol opened in March of 1993.

  • Population: 8987
  • Location: 54° 00' N 128° 42' W
The Ucluelet Patrol

Ucluelet means "people of the safe harbour" in the indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) language. The gateway to the Pacific Rim National Park, Ucluelet is home to the Pacific Rim Visitor's Center. Settled in 1870 by fur traders, Ucluelet boasts many outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities. The Ucluelet Canadian Ranger patrol opened in April of 1991 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 1457
  • Location: 48° 56' 06" N 125° 32' 31" W
The Kitkatla Patrol

Kitkatla also known as Laxlan, is a remote community located on Dolphin Island in the northern coastal area of BC. It is a Tsimshian village approximately 45 km SW of Prince Rupert. The community is only accessible by float plane or boat. The Kitkatla Canadian Ranger patrol opened in June of 1991 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 493
  • Location: 53°48’N 130°26’W
The Valemount Patrol

Valemount: Valley in the Mountains, situated between the Rocky, Monashee, and Cariboo Mountains is a gateway to nearby Jasper National Park. Outdoor recreation is popular in both summer and winter with hiking, horseback riding, skiing, and snowmobiling being common activities. The Valemount Canadian Ranger patrol opened in May of 1993 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 1150
  • Location: 52° 50' 00" N 119° 15' 00" W
The La Ronge Patrol

La Ronge is located on the western shore of Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan. La Ronge is the largest community in northern Saskatchewan with a population of 2700 with an additional 2000 people in the Lac La Ronge First Nation which borders the town. The La Ronge Canadian Ranger patrol opened in November 2010.

  • Population: 2700
  • Location: 55° 06' N 105° 18' W
The Valleyview Patrol

Valleyview is located in Alberta, situated between the two highways (43 and 49) into the Peace Region. This has led to the town’s motto of Portal To The Peace. The Valleyview Canadian Ranger patrol opened in February of 2003.

  • Population: 1725
  • Location: 55° 04' 07" N 117° 16' 05" W
The Lac Brochet Patrol

Lac Brochet located in Manitoba and is a remote, predominately First Nations community. The community with a population of 629 is only accessible via airplane from the nearby Lac Brochet airfield or by the busy winter road 2-3 months of the year. The Lac Brochet Canadian Ranger patrol opened in January of 2002 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 629
  • Location: 58° 37' 12" N 101° 29' 02" W
The Vanderhoof Patrol

Vanderhoof is supported by the lumber, agriculture, and related industries although tourism is now also a growing industry. Vanderhoof is known for its bird sanctuary along the Nechako River and bear, moose, deer, cougar, and elk attract many hunters. The Vanderhoof Canadian Ranger patrol opened in February of 1993.

  • Population: 4064
  • Location: 54° 00' 51" N 124° 00' 32" W
The Lynn Lake Patrol

Lynn Lake is located in Manitoba and the community boasts world class angling and hunting. The Lynn Lake Canadian Ranger patrol opened in May of 2002 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol.

  • Population: 714
  • Location: 56°51’06”N 101°02’48”W
The Wollaston Lake Patrol

Wollaston Lake is located in northern Saskatchewan. The Wollaston Lake Canadian Ranger Patrol opened April 2010.

  • Population: 800
  • Location: 58° 06' 18" N 103° 10' 08" W
The Mackenzie Patrol

Mackenzie lies at the southern end of Williston Lake, the largest man-made reservoir in North America. The lake was formed as a result of a dam being built on the Peace River, it stretches over 200 kilometres north from Mackenzie. The town's location in the Rocky Mountain Trench makes it a perfect place for hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing and other outdoor adventures. The Mackenzie Canadian Ranger patrol opened in January of 1993.

  • Population: 5452
  • Location: 55° 20' 17" N 123° 5' 40" W
The Zeballos/Tahsis Patrol

Zeballos/Tahsis located on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island, BC is a deep sea port surrounded by rugged mountains and forests, known for its ecotourism and sport fishing. The Zeballos Canadian Ranger patrol opened in December of 1991 and supports a Junior Canadian Ranger patrol in the nearby community of Tahsis.

  • Population: 189
  • Location: 49º 59' 00" N 126º 50' 43" W
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