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Remembering the 1998 Ice Storm

Operation Recuperation - 25th anniverary of the 1998 ice storm

When natural disaster strikes, Canada’s military can come to the rescue. Twenty-five years ago, they did just that.

A storm of a lifetime

In early January 1998, a prolonged period of ice pellets and freezing rain struck parts of Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick. The storm, and the cold temperatures that followed, caused massive damage, leaving millions of Canadians without power in the middle of winter.

In response, more than 15,000 Canadian Armed Forces members deployed across the affected areas. Their effort and determination were invaluable to help provide shelter and medical care, restore power grids and contribute to other recovery efforts.

Learn more about Operation RECUPERATION and the Canadian Veterans who participated.



Partner - Winterlude

Canada Remembers the 1998 Ice Storm

Come visit us during Ottawa's Winterlude festivities to discover the stories of Canadian Veterans during the Ice Storm of 1998. From, February 3-20 our display can be found near the National War Memorial.

Canada Science and Technology Museum

Partner -Canada Science and Technology Museum

Operation RECUPERATION – One Day Event

On 18 February 2023, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, will host a one-day event focused on the Canadian Armed Forces' response to the 1998 Ice Storm. Come learn about Operation RECUPERATION and those who served!

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