Engineers perform a multitude of tasks, including mine clearance, providing clean, usable water, road construction and maintenance, and minor building construction.

Formed as 1st Field Company Royal Canadian Engineers in 1931, 2CER is the senior regular force engineering unit in Canada. It served with distinction in Sicily, and North-west Europe during the Second World War. After the war it was renamed 23rd Field Company Royal Canadian Engineers to honour the wartime 23rd Canadian Field Company, which was responsible for the evacuation of over 2000 soldiers of the 1st British Airborne Division during Operation Market Garden. This evacuation is highlighted in the gallery through an interactive diorama.


Since 1945 the Regiment has served in Korea, participated in a number of UN and NATO operations, deployed to the Gulf War in 1991, and assisted Canadians in domestic operations, including the Winnipeg floods, the Ice Storm of 1998, and even the reconstruction of the Petawawa Bridge in the 1970s’.

2 Combat Engineer Regiment continues to serve at home and abroad - most recently in Bosnia and Afghanistan – providing engineer support to combat arms, and aid and assistance to countless refugees of war and disaster

The majority of Engineer related material is held by the CER Museum in Gagetown, NB. The CFB Petawawa Military Museum holds very little Engineer related material. However, we are interested in obtaining objects and documents relating to Engineers in Petawawa. For more information on how to donate, please view our Making a Contribution or Fundraising pages.

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