Canada's Early Warning Radar Base During the Cold War Years

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RCAF Station Parent​


RCAF Station Parent was a Canadian early warning radar station and formed part of the Pinetree Line air defence network. Ground was broken in 1951, and by 1954 the station was operational. 14 Aircraft Control & Warning (AC&W) Squadron was the lodger unit operating the facility. In 1963 the station was moved to Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) operation; in 1964 it closed, as it was deemed redundant with more powerful radar stations coming online in the sector.

Present day​


Nothing remains of the operational installation other than the foundations, guard rails, and paved parking lot at the top of the mountain. A communications antenna has been erected at the site of the original operations building. Some of the buildings at the domestic site below, where station personnel lived, are still inhabited. Supporting buildings such as the hospital, sewage treatment facility, and mess hall have long been demolished and removed; only their foundations remain.


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RCAF Station Parent, and proposed RCAF Station Casey expansion (~1954); all available site plans and blueprints.

 
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