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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.


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