A Canadian World War I training camp established in April 1915 on land leased from the Sarcee Indian Indian Reserve. The camp officially opened late May 1915. The camp trained recruits in some 30 units for service overseas and by the summer of 1916 twelve battalion camp areas were established, housing almost 15,000 men. The battalion areas were all tent camps with few frame buildings.
The different battalion camp areas were delineated with lines of whitewashed rocks as were the roads and walkways. These rocks were gathered from a nearby river bed as part of a training exercise. Four battalions carried the exercise further, creating large numerals representing their battalion numbers in the hillside behind the camp with the white washed rocks. Those numerals are contained and interpreted in the present day Battalion Park in Calgary.
Battalion Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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