Military Engineers conduct Exercise NIHILO SAPPER in Prince Edward Island

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News Release / November 2, 2018 / Project number: atl-nr-18-nihilo-sapper

November 1, 2018 – Summerside, P.E.I. – National Defence / 5th Canadian Division

The Canadian Army’s, 4 Engineer Support Regiment will conduct a large military engineering exercise in various locations across Prince Edward Island from November 1-20.Exercise NIHILO SAPPER 2018 provides technical training opportunities to regular and reserve force military engineers serving in Atlantic Canada to ensure they are prepared to deploy on Canadian Armed Forces operations in Canada and around the world. During Exercise NIHILO SAPPER 2018, Canadian Army personnel will complete community driven infrastructure upgrade projects, trail construction projects, remediation projects, bridge construction projects, explosive ordinance training, and conduct joint dive training with the Royal Canadian Navy.


“NIHILO SAPPER 2018 is a unique training initiative that presents military engineers with challenging projects to complete in real-time which sets the perfect conditions for valuable training. These soldiers possess the skills required to build facilities used during Canadian Armed Forces operations and NIHILO SAPPER allows them to practice these skills in a realistic training environment. We have a team of professional soldiers, sailors, and air force men and women who will be working in communities across Prince Edward Island on projects that will be completed with the highest standard of craftsmanship. These completed projects will leave a lasting impression on the island and will serve as a token of our gratitude to all islanders for their hospitality during the exercise.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Jason Gale, Commanding Officer, 4 Engineering Support Regiment

“NIHILO SAPPER is a complex training exercise that confirms our ability to deploy a theatre-opening capability that the Canadian Armed Forces has employed in Canada and around the world. Throughout November soldiers will use their knowledge and skills for the benefit of Prince Edward Islanders by working on multiple construction and renovation projects ensuring that they remain Strong, Secure, Engaged in communities across the island. Your 5th Canadian Division Mighty Maroon Machine soldiers serve locally and impact globally.”

Brigadier-General Derek Macaulay, Commander, 5th Canadian Division

Quick Facts

  • Exercise NIHILO SAPPER 2018 is an annual training event led by 4 Engineer Support Regiment based out of 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown that helps military engineers maintain a high-level of readiness for potential requirements to support Government of Canada operations.
  • Soldiers will conduct hands-on technical training to maintain the skills necessary to construct and maintain operational bases and facilities used for Canadian Armed Forces’ deployments in Canada and around the world.
  • Starting on Saturday, November 3rd, soldiers, vehicles, and equipment will begin moving into the following locations to set up camps and start training:
    • Boys & Girls Club of Summerside where they will be initiating an extensive building renovation that will completed in partnership with a local contractor.
    • Lennox Island First Nation where they will be building an elevated walkway and a small bridge.
    • Brookvale Provincial Ski Park in North Wiltshire where they will constructing two bridges.
    • Abegweit First Nation in Mount Stewart where they will be building a trail and completing a renovation on a church.
    • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 8 in Montague where they will be building a wheel chair access ramp and a new patio.
    • Panmure Island Lighthouse in Montague where they will be building a permanent pergola.
    • Slemon Park in Summerside where they will be building a 600 person main operating base and constructing roads.

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For more information or to schedule a media visit to Exercise NIHILO SAPPER contact:

Captain Jamie Tobin
Public Affairs Officer, Exercise NIHILO SAPPER 2018
Phone : 902-441-3209
Email :

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