Mapping Our Past and Present: The Department of National Defence launches an interactive online map to commemorate Canada 150

Two people using the interactive defense map captured by GTA weekly Toronto News

In honour of the Canada 150 celebrations, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces have launched a commemorative Canada 150 Defence Interactive Map.

Canada 150 Defence Interactive Map: Mapping our Past and Present is a new online map which illustrates the impact that the Canadian Armed Forces have had in communities around the country. Spanning 15 decades of Canada’s military history, this map details interesting events from the past as well as present-day accomplishments that pop up in the exact geographic location where they actually happened. Curious about the Snowbirds in Moose Jaw or the Cadets in Whitehorse? Filter your search by decade, organization, province, or territory to find out!

150 years of Canadian history is an important milestone for our nation. It is an opportunity to share the stories and show the impact of past and present members of the Canadian Armed Forces and Defence personnel in shaping our country.

We invite Canadians to check out the Canada 150 Defence Interactive Map on our website and participate in the conversation online. The map will also be featured on touch-screen kiosks during Canada 150 exhibits across the country throughout spring and summer 2017.

Learn more about Canada’s proud military history by searching #DefenceMap on Twitter.


“As we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, we remember and honour the bravery of our military women and men who fought to defend Canadian freedom at home and abroad. The Canada 150 Defence Interactive Map demonstrates that the same ethos that helped protect and preserve this great nation throughout our history continues in the proud CAF tradition of excellence today.”

Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

“The new Defence Interactive Map is a fascinating military history project. During this year of Canada 150 celebrations, discover the stories it tells about our communities and our place in the world, and be inspired!”

Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage 

Quick Facts

  • The concept of the Canada 150 Defence Interactive Map centres on the map of Canada with specific points highlighting key National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces milestones and achievements. Users can search by province, military organization, and decade to learn interesting historical and contemporary facts, from 1867 to the present.
  • The Canada 150 Defence Interactive Map contains facts about the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force, and includes cadets, reserves, rangers, and Defence employees across all regions of the country.
  • The Canada 150 Defence Interactive Map is a living, collaborative Canadian history project.  Go to the website to submit an interesting or significant military fact about your community.

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