Just before midnight on July 10, 2016, Master Cpl. Daniel Boyd of the Canadian military police spotted something suspicious. He was on duty at Canadian Forces Base North Bay, about 350 kilometers north of Toronto.
In the darkness, two men in a van driving near the edge of the base made a U-turn and headed deeper into the military facility.
Boyd followed. The van stopped. Inside, the men were looking at their smartphones. Boyd walked to the driver’s window.
It turned out they were playing Pokemon Go, and their pursuit of Pikachu led them onto the air force base.
Documents obtained by CBC News show the curiosity and confusion shared by Canadian military officials after the 2016 launch of Pokemon Go, which was sending civilians onto Department of Defence property searching for “mythical digital creatures.”