Canadian Rangers travel to share in celebrating 400 years of history

Photo: Jay Ouellet

From left to right: Wendake chief Max Gros-Louis, Ville de Québec’s François Picard, Brigadier-General Christian Barabé and the Canadian Rangers enjoy welcome in front of City Hall.

With cheery faces, the Canadian Rangers motored their way from CFB Valcartier to Quebec City Hall for an official greeting.

Some 40 Rangers from 23 Northern communities, members of the 2nd Patrol Group, made a trek to Quebec City by snowmobile in support of its 400th anniversary.

They left from Kuujjuaq, Waskaganish and Natashquan. Master Corporal William Saunders travelled 2750 kilometres by snowmobile from Kuujjuaq in eight days, averaging 10 hours a day, to arrive on Tuesday morning.

There to greet them were Société du 400e de Québec director general Daniel Gélinas, Brigadier General Christian Barabé, executive committee vice-president Francois Picard and Wendake Chief Max Gros-Louis.

The Rangers met up in Bagotville and first stopped at Wendake. Then they proceeded from CFB Valcartier to City Hall.

The Canadian Rangers are part-time reservists who serve as a military presence in the country’s remote, isolated and coastal communities.