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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 Station Lethbridge,

RCAF Station Claresholm

RCAF Station Namao


Relief Landing Fields:

RCAF Detachment Grande Prairie:

RCAF Detachment Fort St. John:
RCAF Detachment Fort Nelson:
RCAF Detachment Watson Lake:
RCAF Detachment Whitehorse:

Beaver Creek, YT
Snag, YT
Burwash Landing, YT
Silver City, YT
Aishihik, YT
Pine Lake, YT
Champagne, YT
Cousins, YT
Squanga Lake, YT
Teslin Lake, YT


See “ABANDONED BASES – YUKON” for descriptions of the bases.

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  1. Spurgeon G. roscoe

    What were the frequencies and the identification transmitted by each radio range of the Northwest Staging Route during the war? I believe the towers at these airfields did not have radio communication and simply communicated with each aircraft via a coloured light during the war. Is this correct?

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Spurgeon,

      I’m afraid I don’t have the answer to that question, but maybe another reader has that information.


  2. Sari Spencer

    I have reason to believe that my birth father, a Donald Fuller, was stationed in Grande Prarie as a US serviceman in 1957. He is described as being a technician. I am wondering what database I might access to find more information. Alternatively, there may be someone out there who knew him. Thank you in advance for your time.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Sari

      To obtain service records of your relatives, you can apply on-line for records at, or write to Libraries and Archives Canada via snail-mail at:
      Library and Archives Canada
      Access to Information, Privacy and Personnel Records Office
      395 Wellington Street
      Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N4
      Good luck with your search.


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