About the Cadet Training Centre

Our History

Our History

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Acadia, Canada’s largest Sea Cadet oriented Cadet Training Center, was first commissioned in 1956 at a former naval base at Point Edward, near Sydney, N.S., and trained hundreds of sea cadets from Eastern and Central Canada during the summer months.

Cadets of the 1950s received training in Music, Boatwork, Leadership, Fitness and Seamanship and many senior Canadian military officers and public officials, were introduced to cadet life, during their youth, at the Point Edward facility.

n 1965, the Point Edward facility was closed and sea cadet training was then conducted from HMCS Cornwallis (former naval recruit school). Courses ranged from two to seven weeks long. During the 1970s, cadets were also instructed at HMCS Micmac, a training facility at Windsor Park, CFB Halifax and the Shearwater Sailing School, 12 Wing Shearwater. 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.

Our Badge

Our Badge

HMCS Acadia is a commissioned ship of the Royal Canadian Navy that has served for more then fifty years through peace and war. Evangeline is the fictional heroine of Longfellow's immortal epic poem depicting the Acadian expulsion of 1755. The two may seem to have little in common. But, they are joined together in their representation of indomitable spirit.

Today, the spirit of HMCS Acadia and Evangeline lives on at HMCS Acadia, a Cadet Training Centre located in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. The fictional Evangeline and the name Acadia grace the crest representing the spirit and determination of the cadets who attend the training centre each summer.