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Military life

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu garrison town, comes from a long military tradition dating back to the construction of the first Fort St. John, 1666-1667. At that time, the repeated assaults of the Iroquois in the Richelieu Valley endanger the existence of the French colony in America where the occurrence along the Richelieu, military posts at the origin of the designation " Valley of the Strong 'that is associated with the region of Haut-Richelieu. Fort St. John, erected by the soldiers of the Carignan-Salt plays an important role in the history of the country, mostly during the Revolutionary War during which the occupants hinder the advance of American troops in the direction Quebec.

Since then, local military activity has been some movement over time and the needs of governments. However, the creation of the 22nd Royal Regiment in the last century, thearrival of the Canadian Armed Forces in 1941 and construction of the Royal Military College Saint-Jean in 1952 confirmed the military vocation of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Today, the presence of Garrison St. Jean and Royal Military College Saint-Jean contributes to the awareness of the environment and economic development, industrial, technological and training. The strategic planning exercise conducted by the municipality and concluded in 2003-2004 has also revealed that the military industry is a leading niche development in the region of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It is estimated that the defense industry poses to the region some 1,500 direct jobs and revenues of over $ 200 million per year.

The Royal Military College Saint-Jean

ColleRoyal Military College of St. John is built on the magnificent site of Fort St. John, on the west bank of the Richelieu River.

Created in 1952 after the Second World War, the Royal Military College Saint-Jean figure then, with that of Kingston, of the two Canadian institutions of college and university reserved for cadets aspiring to move up the ladder of the Canadian Forces.

The closure of the military college in 1995 led to the creation of the Corporation of Fort St. John, who acts as manager for the site. Today, the Department of National Defence is still the largest tenant of the premises and the Corporation's mission is more about marketing the site and its facilities. The announcement of the reopening of the Military College in 2007 has been warmly welcomed by the middle Johannis. The Royal Military College Saint-Jean is located along the Richelieuthrow from the marina and the Old St. John.

Corporation of Fort St. John / Royal Military College Saint-Jean
15, rue Jacques-Cartier Nord
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, J3B 8R1
Tel. : 450 358-6500

The Musée du Fort Saint-Jean

The Musée du Fort Saint-Jean is part of the facilities of the Royal Military College Saint-Jean. It showcases the rich military heritage through the display of artifacts and by organizing visits.

A stop at the museum makes it possible to relive over 325 years (1666-1995) miliary history at the site of the former Royal Military College Saint-Jean (1952-1995). It is also an opportunity to discover original British buildings, dormitories of Cadets and the lives of occupants past and present.

Musée du Fort Saint-Jean
15, rue Jacques-Cartier Nord

Open from June to September
Tel. : 450 358-6500 ext 5769

Saint-Jean Garrison

Military tradition that characterizes Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu translated today by the Canadian Forces' presence and infrastructure near the regional airport.

At the beginning of the Second World War, Canadian Forces Base St. Jean is constructed to temporarily establish a training school for navigators and bombers. Sold after the war at McGill University, the site of the military base was bought in 1951 by the National Defense which makes a subsequent permanent settlement of the Canadian Forces.

Since 1979, Garrison St. John stands out mainly by the presence of the imposing edifice General Jean-Victor Allard, a megastructure nearly half a mile long. It is home to the 5 th Area Support Group, School of Leadership and Recruit School of Languages and the Canadian Forces. Annually, nearly 8,000 recruits from around the country staying in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu garrison town, to begin their military careers. The site of the St. Jean Garrison is not the purpose of sightseeing.

Canadian Forces Base St. Jean Garrison
ASU St-Jean
Stn. Head Office PO Box 100
Que Richelain J0J 1R0
Tel. : 450 358-7099

School Leadership and the Canadian Forces Recruit (CFLRS)