A Short History of Abandoned and Downsized Canadian Military Bases - Introduction
Written by Bruce Forsyth
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THE NORTHWEST STAGING ROUTE:
Established in 1942, the Northwest Staging Route was a chain of aerodromes at 100 mile intervals from Edmonton to Fairbanks for the purpose of transporting aircraft and supplies from the continental US to Alaska and radio ranging stations at 200 mile intervals. Edmonton became the headquarters for the Alaskan Wing of Air Transport Command**
Unless indicated, there is no military presence at the former NWSR stations today.
Some of the main stations in the NWSR:
RCAF Stations Lethbridge, Claresholm, Edmonton, Namao
Relief Landing Fields:
RCAF Detachment Grande Prairie:
Originally opened by the US Army Air Force in 1942. The aerodrome was taken over by the RCAF in 1945, but remained a joint U.S – Canadian station until 1949. The aerodrome was taken over by the Department of Transport in 1951. Nothing remains from the RCAF days.
Source material: Information supplied by Alvin Maieer, Manager of marketing and Business Development (2011).
RCAF Detachment Fort St. John:
RCAF Detachment Fort Nelson:
RCAF Detachment Watson Lake:
RCAF Detachment Whitehorse:
Beaver Creek, YT
Burwash Landing, YT
Silver City, YT
Pine Lake, YT
Squanga Lake, YT
Teslin Lake, YT
more to follow.......
Last Updated ( Monday, 06 May 2013 )