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Closed Bases That Still Have A Military Presence

For this category I have been somewhat selective.

As you have read in the “Abandoned Bases” section, some still have cadet units that train at the former bases. For my purposes, I consider a former base to still have a military presence if there is a permanent full-time contingent still on site, such as the former CFB Toronto or Wolseley Barracks.

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Canadian Forces Base Calgary (Currie Barracks): Currie Barracks, named in honour of General Sir Arthur Currie, was established in 1934 on land near the Sarcee Indian Reserve. This was the home of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Headquarters and B Squadron (later replaced by the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) 2nd Canadian Armoured Regiment), …

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Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack: Established on 15 February 1941 at Vedder Crossing as Camp Chilliwack for the purpose of defending the West Coast against attacks by the Japanese forces. Camp Chilliwack was also designated as a recruit-training centre, No. 112 Canadian Army Basic Training Centre, and as the new home for A6 Canadian Engineering Training …

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Canadian Forces Base Portage La Prairie: Established as No. 14 Elementary Flying Training School on 28 October 1940 – 3 July 1942, a part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. On 28 April 1941 No. 7 Air Observers School also opened at the aerodrome. In July 1942, No. 14 EFTS disbanded and No. 7 …

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Moncton Garrison: Originally established in 1940 as the home of No. 5 Equipment Depot, a supply centre for all the east-coast RCAF stations. As a result of the Unification, the Station was re-named CFB Moncton and control of the base was transferred to Maritime Command in 1966. The role of the base was to provide …

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Yarmouth Armoury / No. 60 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre : Originally opened as a basic training centre in March 1941 at the Yarmouth Exhibition grounds. The camp was converted into an infantry training centre in November 1943. By the time the camp closed on 31 October 1945, over 20,000 men had been trained in …

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Canadian Forces Base Toronto: Established as Royal Canadian Air Force Station Toronto in 1947 on land surrounding the de Havilland Aircraft of Canada aircraft factory and airfield in Downsview, a factory that built Canadian aircraft such as the Tiger Moth, the Mosquito, the Buffalo and the Twin Otter. With de Havilland continuing to operate on …

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Canadian Forces Base Summerside: Opened 23 April 1941 as RCAF Station Summerside, the home of No. 9 Service Flying Training School, a flight school founded under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Two relief landing sites were also established at the same time as No. 9 SFTS, and one in Wellington, PEI and the other …

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No. 52 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre / S-6 Canadian Junior Leaders School: Opened on 9 October 1940 in Lac Megantic as No. 52 Non-permanent Active Militia Training Centre.  The camp was re-named a month later No. 52 CA (R) TC  a month later. The camp became a recruit training camp for reserve and active …

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  1. Harriet Shugar

    Hello Bruce

    My late Uncle David Shugar was accused and acquitted of being a spy in the 1940’s following the defection of Igor Gouzenko. He was held and interrogated at Rockcliffe in Ottawa with other accused spies. Many of which who were eventually incarcerated. I was wondering if you had any photographs from that time?

    Harriet Shugar

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Harriet,

      That’s quite a story. What a shame your uncle was wrongly accused of being a spy. If you have any other details that you wish to share, I’d love to hear them. Otherwise, you would be best to contact the National Archives in Ottawa.


  2. Bryan Green

    I had an Uncle who trained in Canadian Air force in approx 1939. He was Harold Lewis GREEN D.O.B. 7th January 1919. He was killed in a bomber crash in France on 2nd August 1942. I currently have a photograph of a member of the nursing staff from the hospital he was in during his stay in Toronto. It has the name “Estele” Would it be possible to make contact with her or her family. I would attach a copy of the photo but cannot find any where to do that. I also have very carefully filed a copy of papers issued by the Air force but currently am unable to locate them. Is it possible to send me an e-mail address so that I can pursue this matter ? Many thanks.
    Regards, Bryan Green.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Bryan,

      Unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to personally help, but you could try contacting the National Archives in Ottawa or your local Legion Branch. They would be your best bets.

      Good luck in your search,


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