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85 Tornado Squadron - Grand Valley

What is the "Air Cadets"?

The Royal Canadian Air Cadets is a national organization for Canadian youth between the ages of 12 and 19. This is a result of a partnership between the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces and the Air Cadet League of Canada.

To become members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, interested youth must join a local Squadron. There are over 440 Air Cadet Squadrons across Canada.

The local Squadron meets for regular training weekly through the school year. Optional training, including sports, marksmanship and other activities are available as well.

In July and August many Summer Training Courses are available to cadets. These provide valuable training at no cost. Cadets actually get PAID for attending!


What is 85 Squadron?

In 1985, a tornado swept through Grand Valley, across the top of Orangeville, over into Hockley Valley and then up to Barrie where it finally lost strength. This was not just a minor twister, but one that caused major devastation, including great property damage and loss of life. Out of the ruins of that freak of nature sprang our Squadron logo. The number "85" comes from the year of the event, and the name "Tornado" comes from the event itself.

In addition to the metrological reference, the Squadron decided that it was only appropriate to include an aeronautical reference as well.

Some time ago, the British, German and Italian aerospace industry formed a consortium to develop an all purpose, variable swept wing fighter bomber.

The result was the Panavia Tornado. This aircraft has seen service around the world including Dessert Storm.

The final touch to our emblem is the motto. It had to refer to the Squadron, and the origin of the emblem in some way. Everyone struggled to get just the right wording. Finally, one of our former Commanding Officers, Captain Terry Filce, came up with what became the motto of the squadron "RIDING THE EDGE OF THE STORM". The Aircraft design on our crest was the work of formed staff member David Cox.

85 Tornado Squadron parades from 6:45pm - 9:00pm on Tuesday evenings from September until June at the Grand Valley and District Public School at 120 Main Street North.

Want more info?

Browse our website for more information on 85 Squadron. Join us and reach for the sky!


1. Due to COVID-19 we will be parading virtually. Instructions on how to set up and log in will be sent to registered Cadets via Remind 101

2. Important upcoming events with the following:

08-Sep Tuesday All Cadets Registration
15-Sep Tuesday All Cadets First Parade night
16-Sep Wednesday All interested Range
17-Sep Thursday All interested Band
19-Sep Saturday Level 4+5 NCM Sr Trg Day
22-Sep Tuesday All Cadets 2nd Parade night
03-Oct Saturday All Cadets Sports Day
10-Oct Saturday All Cadets Gliding
23-Oct - 25-Oct Fall FTX
27-Oct Tuesday All Cadets Halloween Party
31-Oct Saturday All Cadets RDA Regional Orienteering
27-Oct - 10-Nov Poppy Sales 7-9pm
07-Nov Saturday Band Bonfire Night
07-Nov Saturday Ground School Weekend

3. New Cadets: Please go to Join the Cadet Program website then follow the instructions. An application package will be emailed to you.

Returning Cadets: Application packages will automatically be sent to you by email.

Our motto is:

To Learn - To Serve - To Advance

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