75th Anniversary of Royal Roads – April 2015

75th Anniversary of Royal Roads  – April 2015

75th Anniversary of Royal Roads will be celebrated in 2015. Royal Roads will celebrate its 55 years as a military institution and the 20th anniversary as Royal Roads University.

For the occasion, a sunset ceremony will be held in April (Exact dates TBA) on the former parade square.

It is anticipated that RMCC will provide up to 20 members of the RMCC Pipes and Drums to mark the occasion.

Ex-Cadet Biographies

A project dedicated to preserving the written history of ex-cadets

Royal Roads University staff are collecting stories, biographies and photographs of ex-cadets and former RRMC staff people to be placed in a special binder accessible to museum visitors. If you wish to participate, please submit the following information:

name of individual

cadet number

two photographs (cadet/staff and recent)

biography which could include the following: Ex-Cadet: What year(s) did you attend? What prompted you to attend? Any specific memorable experiences at Royal Roads? What did you go on to do in your career? How did your training at Royal Roads serve you throughout life? or Royal Roads staff person: What year(s) did you work at Royal Roads? In what capacity? Any specific details or anecdotes about your time here? Thoughts about your Royal Roads experience?

Stories can be sent in with paver stone order form or emailed to Karen Inkster, ex-cadet liason, at [email protected].


William A. Hughes Class of 1944-46

Arthur Griffin Class of 1950-52

Monty McGregor Class of 1958-60

Confessions of a Slacker

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The Roadants by Douglas ‘Copious’ Cope, 6611

I have just published a book about my time at Royal Roads. The book, titled ‘THE ROADANTS’, covers one academic year at Roads and combines stories from my first and second years. However, it is not just a series of vignettes, but a novel that follows the first and second year cadets from their arrival to graduation.

And, while all of the stories are fundamentally true, the book is a work of fiction. For the purposes of the story and to protect myself, I have changed the names of all of the cadets and the staff plus I have altered a few of the events. I also did not give the story a specific year since it melds events and stories from a period from 1960 to 1963 and could relate to any year in or around that period.

Be advised that this novel is the story of a group of average cadets and tells the tale of cadets ‘in the trenches’ so to speak. As such, both the events and the language are colourful.

Some may ask, “Why did you bother to write the book?” I did it because that period at Royal Roads had a profound and, some might say, traumatic effect on my life. Also, as most of you will know, in the early decades Royal Roads was unique. Cadets only attended for two years and went from being lowly recruits and juniors in year one to being the cadet officers and seniors in charge in year two. Royal Roads is no longer a military college and as time goes by the story and the legends fade. My purpose was to preserve this little bit of Canadian history for all and to help my old Roadant buddies and others to remember what we went through.

I have received several encouraging reviews from classmates on each coast and from others both civilian and military in the Ottawa area. I think you will enjoy the read.

 “The Roadants” is available at the RMC Club Gift Shop – Panet House. Doug Cope will be at RMCC during Reunion Weekend (in front of Panet House) where he will be available at various times to sign copies of “The Roadants”.

The Author

Doug Cope, 6611, was born in Hamilton and grew up in Toronto. He attended Danforth Technical School and after a couple of hiccups was eventually selected to attend CSC Royal Roads in 1961. He graduated in electrical engineering from RMC in 1965 and then spent three years as a land-based sailor in Ottawa. Doug left the Royal Canadian Navy and attended Carleton University where he graduated with a Masters of Engineering degree in 1970.

His next five years included a period as an experimental brain surgeon at the University of Western Ontario, a hitch-hiking tour of Western Europe, and a year in Australia that featured an archeological dig in the north west of the country plus stints as a grape picker, ditch digger and building labourer in the south. He returned to Canada following a largely overland trip from Darwin back to Europe.

In 1975, while working as an environmental engineer with Environment Canada in Ottawa, he was lucky enough to meet the love of his life, his wife Carol.

In 1978, Doug and Carol decided they had worked long enough and embarked on a two year round-the-world odyssey that included long-period stays in England, Spain and Australia.

In 1980, Doug began another stint as an environmental engineer with Environment Canada and then left government service in 1991 to run a one-man environmental consulting firm. Doug and Carol are now more or less retired and live in the country south of Ottawa with their two cats.


  • Bill Cooke (7348)

    July 21, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Hi Doug,
    I attended Royal Roads from 1963-1965 and am interested in your book. I live in Sidney BC and wondered where I might find a copy of your book.



  • Doug Cope

    July 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Hello Bill Cooke
    I am pleased that you would like to get a copy of my book.
    Since you are near Victoria, BC you can buy a copy of my book at the RRU gift shop or
    if you send me your email address I will link you up with my classmate Reg Bird in Victoria who also holds copies.
    Doug Cope [email protected]

  • Jason Furlong

    July 22, 2014 at 2:11 am

    I just read this after buying the last copy of your book from the Harley Park giftshop yesterday. I’m looking forward to reading it and comparing life in the early sixties to my experience from 1992-1994. It was surreal visiting the grounds and showing it to my three children and trying to convey my experiences to them.

    Jason Furlong