HMCS Acadia, in Cornwallis, N.S., is one of four Cadet Training Centres in Atlantic Canada. Cadets from across Canada and abroad are at the training centre this summer, taking part in music, sailing, seamanship, and fitness and sports programs. Through participation in the Cadet Program, young people develop valuable life skills in teamwork, citizenship, leadership and physical fitness while having fun and meeting new friends.
On July 29, 1978, HMCS Acadia was officially recommissioned at CFB Cornwallis (former CF Recruit School) during a ceremony at Building 20, a former naval communication school, collapsing HMCS Cornwallis, HMCS Micmac and the Shearwater Sailing School.
During the years 1978-2002, HMCS Acadia has received an estimated 24,000 cadets -about 1,000 per year- for summer training. Approximately 1,200 cadets, organized into 18 different courses, are expected during this year’s training period.
The cadets will be looked after by a staff of 320, which includes approximately 170 adults (officers, NCM’s and civilians) and 150 staff cadets drawn from cadet Corps throughout Atlantic Canada.
HMCS Acadia routinely trains sea cadets from the United States and Bermuda and hosts cadets from other exchange countries. HMCS Acadia is also home to approximately 50 air cadets and additional Air Cadet staff within Acadia’s School of Music.