It was a time of intense patriotism: Canada's women were urged to join the Navy and release a man for service afloat. 6,783 women came to Galt, Ontario, to do just that. They received basic training at the Women's Royal Canadaian Naval Service training centre--H.M.C.S. Conestoga. From the arrival of the first recruits in October of 1942 until the lowering of the ensign in March 1945, this "ship" on the hill was the place where it all began for Canada's wartime naval women, the Wrens.
Proudly She Marched Volume 2: Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service
Training Canada's World War II Women in Waterloo County
by Anne Kallin