An early version of this article first appeared in SOFREP in February 2014 as an expert analysis written by Jonathan Wade, a Canadian Forces veteran and a previously contributing editor for SOFREP. This part 1 of 3 Winter Warfare Training series has been augmented with additional information and updated for publication today.

Winter warfare is a specialized field within military operations, and few countries understand its intricacies, as well as Canada.

With a significant portion of its territory covered in snow and ice for most of the year, Canada’s military has developed unparalleled expertise in fighting in harsh winter conditions.

In this article, we will delve into the importance of winter warfare training, drawing from the experiences of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and how they contribute to the readiness and security of North America.

Canada’s Commitment to Winter Warfare

As an Arctic nation, Canada bears the responsibility of protecting its citizens and vast landmass against both external and internal threats, even in the most extreme weather conditions.

Normal winter conditions persist for about 3-4 months in the southern part of the country and are almost permanent in the Great North.

The Canadian Forces have honed their skills to operate effectively in these conditions, making them one of the world’s most advanced militaries in winter warfare.