You can just see the building in the distance. Parts of the fence have been cut, and others have entered the property.
1. Abandoned NATO BunkerAs I gazed over the fenced property, I spotted a building. I was quite curious. Turns out it was a bunker, and an abandoned NATO Antenna base. It was the perfect site, with the open, flat lands.
Turns out, there were radio towers, as well, connected to the bunker. Burnt Lands park near the top, at the bottom a quarry.
The purpose of this equipment was to provide information to The Diefenbunker
|Construction began in 1959 |
and took 20 months to complete,
an engineering/construction marvel.
|Victor Echo Three Cold War Museum (VE3CWM)|
2. Back to the Radio Bunker On An Abandoned NATO COMM BaseVideo Published on 4 May 2016
This blast resistant, sealed off, top secret room was used at an antenna farm that was part of an underground bunker complex called the Diefenbunker. It was built around 1960 and abandoned around 1998. There were about 20 antennas here, plugged into the Diefenbunker, about 10 km away. It has a solid 2" thick steel door. There is evidence of a generator, air conditioner, and/or ventilator.
The bunker measures 25.8m square, and is in the middle of the closed facility. The videographer couldn't enter the sealed building (video #1), but found a sister bunker (video #2) which remains unsealed, and therefore, exploited by graffiti, with litter within the building.
The towers are gone, but the concrete bases remain.
Exploring A Radio Bunker On An Abandoned NATO COMM Base IIPublished on 3 Aug 2016
This appears to have been closed around 1985, and is located near Ottawa, Canada. The Diefenbunker complex had two antenna farms that were almost identical, one to the east and one to the west. This video is near Dunrobin, and as you can see, the doors are open......
Then there were the barracks: Federal Readiness UnitsThis was all supported by the barracks in Carleton Place. It burned down, May 9th, 2016, and debris removed. Now, it is gone. Olde Barracks, near Carleton Place , it has been empty for years. It is a legacy from the Cold War Years (1960s), used in the 70s, and all the windows were boarded up. The two near-identical buildings — the other was built in Kemptville — resembled military barracks.
The locations were chosen because they were west of Ottawa — upwind of the presumed target — and believed to be far enough to escape a nuclear blast while being close enough that basic operations could be up and running within three hours. By the 1970s, the building was used as a government training centre, with later occupants including the RCMP and the Canadian Security and Intelligence Services. (Photo - 2004)
They were known as Federal Readiness Units, with 12,000 square feet above ground and 6,000 below. They were to be used to stockpile supplies and house about 80 emergency personnel who would sleep in shifts so two could use a bed.
|The building was there when we drove by a week prior to the May 9th, 2016 fire.|
3. Perth, Richardson DetachmentThis guy has mapped them all out, from some old maps. From his blog post:
A two-story communications bunker was also constructed near Perth (Richardson Detachment), which was staffed exclusively by members of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (RCCS), later 701 Communications Squadron post-Unification.
Drummond Concession 1, east of Perth. I guess we'll have to go for another drive!
Although the bunker was never used for its intended purpose, it did serve a valuable function as a government communications station staffed by RCCS personnelNo. 1 Army Signals Troop.
Source Material: Cobourg: "Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume I: Ontairo" by Paul Ozorak, information supplied by the Diefenbunker Museum (2004) & information supplied by the Carp branch of the Ottawa Public Library (2011). - http://www.militarybruce.com/