In the mid 1980’s, a new phase of the Naval Reserve revitalization plan came to fruition with the inauguration of four new francophone units. HMCS CHAMPLAIN was the first one and was activated in 1985 just as maritime activities were ending in the City of Chicoutimi, now Ville de Saguenay, Quebec. With its first promotion of sailors in 1986, HMCS CHAMPLAIN was commissioned on August 15, 1986 and continued the maritime tradition within the city. The permanent buildings that house the unit at the present time were opened in April 1993. Throughout the years, HMCS CHAMPLAIN has, by its active involvement within the Saguenay community, taken up the challenge of perpetuating with dignity the Saguenay maritime tradition.