Canadian soldiers train the Arctic

A platoon from Domestic Response Company comprised of soldiers from units across Southern Ontario,...

A platoon from Domestic Response Company comprised of soldiers from units across Southern Ontario, fire the C7 rifle during Exercise Trillium Response in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut on Tuesday February 18, 2014. (Photo by: MCpl Dan Pop, Canadian Army Public Affairs)

Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:21 AM ET

TORONTO — There are hundreds of Canadian soldiers who are no doubt longing for the much milder winter weather southern Ontario has to offer after a week of camping out on the frozen Hudson Bay and snowmobiling across Nunavut.

The 300 or so reserve and regular force troops, members of the 4th Canadian Division, landed in Rankin Inlet on Feb. 15 for a massive military manoeuvre dubbed Exercise Trillium Response 14.

They have been treated to icy winds, blinding snow squalls and temperatures that have dipped to below -50C as they take part in the 10-day exercise aimed at honing their winter field skills.

"Canadian soldiers can go anywhere, in any conditions and show up ready to carry out their mission," Lt.-Col. Shane McArthur,

Land Component Commander, said in a statement released by the Canadian Armed Forces this week.


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