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CFB Cold Lake

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Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake is located west of Cold Lake, Alberta, and is the base of operations for the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range.

Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake’s fighter/inceptor aircraft defends the western half of Canadian air space and together with aircraft from Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, cover Canada’s Arctic territory.


In 1952, at the height of the Cold War, construction began on what is now RCAF Station Cold Lake. The site is located in Alberta’s “Lakeland District” and was chosen by the Royal Canadian Air Force because of low population density, accessibility, weather, suitable terrain, and available land for air weapons training.

In addition to being an air weapons training ground for Canada, Cold Lake also hosts NATO flight training (called Maple Flag) operating from 15 Wing Moose Jaw and 5 Wing Goose Bay. Maple Flag is a major international air weapons training competition that provides realistic training for pilots from the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as select allied air forces from around the world.

CFB Cold Lake Pilot

Walter Janvier, former Chief CLFN

“Our Leadership strives to achieve the vision of our Nation, empowerment; improved quality of life; and self-sufficiency.
It is the mandate of our Council to work for our Nation to ensure that our Treaty Rights are honoured and our members have every opportunity to derive a prosperous livelihood from the resources of our traditional lands.

Our Nation is one which is rich in assets, our people; our language; our culture; our lands, I believe when we work together we can maintain a positive momentum for our future.” – former Chief Walter Janvier

Our Nation is strategically poised to benefit from the numerous opportunities in our region.

Economic development is supported through the contribution of our CLFN Business Members, which include Nation owned and private enterprises, joint ventures and business partnerships, there are currently 53 member companies. Major Nation business developments include turnkey remote camp, janitorial and medical services; forestry services including value added lumber and log home productions; wireless internet services provision; and gaming and entertainment facilities. Major services are provided by Nation owned corporations including Primco Dene Group of Company’s, Dechen Corporation, Casino Dene, Kinusoo Communications Ltd.

March 2011 – Cold Lake First Nations had 7 Band Owned Businesses, 16 Joint-Venture Businesses and 36 Member Private Businesses.

Cold Lake First Nations Economic Development