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CFSU(O)’s Con­naught Ranges and Pri­mary Train­ing Cen­tre (CRPTC), lo­cated at Shirley’s Bay on the Ot­tawa River (ap­prox­i­mately 20 min­utes West of Par­lia­ment Hill), is able to of­fer ex­ten­sive train­ing to Cana­dian and other mil­i­tary, cadet and po­lice forces on 2,600 acres (1,058 hectares) of in­te­grated small arms ranges and ma­noeu­vre train­ing ar­eas. Named af­ter HRH The Duke of Con­naught and Strat­hearn, Gov­er­nor Gen­eral of Canada from 1912 to 1916, the site was pur­chased in 1912 to re­place the orig­i­nal Ot­tawa Ranges that had been orig­i­nally lo­cated on Range Road off of Lau­rier Av­enue in down­town Ot­tawa and later moved to Rock­cliffe. Con­struc­tion be­gan in 1920, and the cer­e­mo­nial first shot was fired by Ma­jor-Gen­eral Sir Alexan­der Ber­tram, Chair­man of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the Do­min­ion of Canada Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion (DCRA) and the first Camp Com­man­der, at the An­nual Prize Meet­ing in the sum­mer of 1921. To­day CRPTC is rec­og­nized for its world-class marks­man­ship fa­cil­i­ties as the home to the an­nual Cana­dian Forces Small Arms Con­cen­tra­tion and the DCRA Shoot­ing Cham­pi­onships, as well as for its en­vi­ron­men­tal ste­ward­ship of species-at-risk and wet­land habi­tat.

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