| Borden, Ontario
| Borden, Ontario
Located just one hour north of Toronto, Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden is the largest training base in the Canadian Armed Forces. CFB Borden and the Military Personnel Generation Training Group are composed of both lodger and integral establishments that train approximately 18,000 Canadian Armed Forces personnel per year in a variety of occupations. Included in these lodger units are formations and groups such as 16 Wing, the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group, and Regional Cadet Support Unit (Central).
The Buell Fitness and Aquatic Centre is a modern facility located on base with indoor and outdoor pools, field house, running track, rock climbing wall, gymnasium, weight room, cardio room, and bowling alley. The Andy Anderson Arena is adjacent to the fitness centre and the base is also home to an 18-hole golf course. The base offers hunters and anglers the opportunity to join the Rod & Gun Club, and there is a Motor Hobby Club for mechanic enthusiasts. There are two elementary schools on base and several in the surrounding area. Secondary students can attend the local Nottawasaga Pines High School, or other schools in the area.
There are many businesses located at the CANEX Mall, including the CANEX Retail Store, Subway, Tim Hortons, barber shop, hair salon, tailor shop and a real estate office. Adjacent to the mall is a public medical centre with a laboratory and dental office.
CFB Borden celebrated its centennial year in 2016, when the Memorial Wall and walking trails to the restored World War One Trenches were unveiled. The Base Borden Museum is home to one of the most extensive collections of military paraphernalia in Canada, housing over 700,000 pieces of history.
CFB Borden is situated in the centre of one of the major tourist areas of Ontario. The region is steeped in history and cultural sites. For the sports enthusiast, summer and winter sports facilities abound. There are several beaches and lakes including nearby Wasaga Beach which boasts the longest fresh water beach in the world. In winter, ski slopes, cross-country trails and snowmobile facilities are close at hand.
For those who prefer the cosmopolitan experience the Greater Toronto Area is less than one hour from the Base. Travel to Toronto via the Go Train system is accessible in nearby Barrie. Professional baseball, basketball, football, hockey, as well as theatre, art galleries, shopping and major culinary experiences are just a short train ride away.
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