Welcome to 16 Wing Borden

Borden is a small town located in Simcoe County, approximately an 25 minute drive from Barrie.  Simcoe County, with an overall population of 446,063 residents, includes the city of Barrie, and the towns of Wasaga Beach, Collingwood and Angus to name a few. Barrie, a city consisting of approximately 136,063 residents (as of 2011) has a variety of amenities, cultural and recreational attractions and services available to the community.

Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden is located in Simcoe County, with the Town of Angus located outside the North gate. The town of Angus is the main town of Essa Township and is in the northwestern part of the township. Angus offers several services including: public library, catholic and public schools, a small shopping centre, many stores, a chamber of commerce and a recreation facility; and is a growing community with several subdivisons and new homes being built. Base Borden is a training base located in Simcoe County, north of the Greater Toronto area.

The Base is located in the Township of Essa, a semi-rural area with growing community and increasing subdivisions, along with farming close to Base.Base Borden is located approximately 20 kilometres west of Barrie, Ontario, and 10 kilometres north of Alliston, Ontario; with the City of Toronto located approximately 78 kilometres from the Base.


Climate

Base Borden’s proximity to the Georgian Bay affects the area’s climate and weather conditions, due to the presence of this huge body of water. Spring is often mild, leading into fabulous long, hot summer weather from the heat of the bay. Warm summers are frequently interspersed with uncomfortable periods of humid air. Autumn is beautiful with the fall colours of changing leaves beautifully painting the rural landscape. Winters can seem long with wind chill effects and heavy snowstorms due to the lake effect, but the outdoor area brings lots of activities for outdoor enjoyment for all seasons.

Precipitation in the area can be fairly high (average 1016 mm per year), with more falling in winter as snow than in summer. Borden has the highest snowfall average in southern Ontario with an average of 305 cm of snow per year.


Culture

The primary language spoken in the Borden area is English. However, Base Borden is an official bilingual base, and there is a francophone contingent in the area with Francophone organizations located in Barrie.

Base Borden is very diverse, with various religious services and multicultural group opportunities.


Transportation

Transportation around Borden is available through personal transportation. However, the base partnered with Barrie Transit and now offers transportation on the base, through to Angus, and going into Barrie. In addition, Base Borden offers an After Hours Facility Access Shuttle to transport personnel from single quarters to and from some approved Base locations (Base Accommodations, Gym, BFRC, CANEX, Chapels).

Click here for information on obtaining a driver's license in Ontario. 

Families who are posted out of Alberta locations will have to obtain their driver's abstract in person while still in the province of Alberta before they leave to go elsewhere. Otherwise it will be difficult to obtain insurance in other provinces. 

Families who are posted out of Alberta locations will have to obtain their driver's abstract in person while still in the province of Alberta before they leave to go elsewhere. Otherwise it will be difficult to obtain insurance in other provinces. 


Quick Fact

  • Ontario has combined Federal Sales Tax (G.S.T) and Provincial Sales Tax (P.S.T) to form a single federally administered tax called, the Harmonized Sales Tax (H.S.T)
  • The current H.S.T. rate is 13%

Borden (Military) Family Resource Centre (BFRC)

Phone: (705) 424-1200 ext. 3994
Web: http://www.familyforce.ca/sites/Borden/EN/Pages/default.aspx

The Borden Family Resource Centre provides community based family services which support and enhance the quality of life of the CFB Borden community.

The BFRC has a welcome package available for newcomers which provides you with a variety of information on drivers license and vehicle registration offices, the process of applying for OHIP / provincial health card and much more.  The Centre also has information available on local schools, child care, employment, doctor lists / walk-in clinics, francophone services,

A resource guide on their website which includes a list of all resources in the Borden area by topic. For more information or to request a welcome package, contact the BFRC at (705) 424-1200 ext. 3994

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This page was updated April 21, 2016