Prior to travelling to Parent, QC I researched the commanding officer's logs from the inception of the base in 1950 to it's closure in the 1960s, found all the recent satellite photos that were available, some air photos, and searched for any pictures of the base that I could find; present and past. In so doing, I found an incredible number of photos taken by the men and women stationed at the station. Unfortunately, most of the pictures give no credit to the photographer nor those in the pictures, so I will be re-posting them (unfortunately) as such.
As a bit of background, there were several sites of significance which I wanted to see. Several of the names of these sites change between sources which I have found them mentioned in, therefore I am not sure if some are actually the same.
- The Dam (unknown location)
- The septic processing facility (at "Disposal Lake")
- The "Domestic Site" (residences of the stationed personnel of RCAF Station Parent)
- The "Operational Site" (the radar station at the top of the mountain)
- The back-up site (separate from the main site?)
- The VHF transmitter site / COMM Site (not the same as the back-up site?)
- The airfield (just outside of town)
The trip to Parent took far less time than originally expected. 2hrs from Ottawa to Mont Saint Michel, and 3hrs from Mont Saint Michel to Parent, QC. Along the way we stopped 3 times for bio-breaks, and snacks. Janet had provided wonderful home made sandwiches (made with love, xoxo)
(NB, I am writing this first draft to the tune of a pack of wolves howling and getting some local dogs very riled up.)
Between Mont Saint Michel and Parent, QC (on the dirt road) we hit a torrential downpour, the dirt road turned to slop since the water had nowhere to go, and I became religious ("oh god! oh god!)... as we almost spun out. I regained control and pointed the car in the correct direction making good time to get to Parent, despite the weather.
|The tetanus shot hole|
|concrete lid, to nowhere?|
|no shortage of scrap metal|
There is a massive microwave antenna at the top of the hill, as well as some repeater antenna for presumably SQ or other emergency vehicles. It may also act as a repeater station for telephone service (land line, not cell). As an aside, there is no cell service, from anyone, at all, for 200km in any direction. This is the land where CB and SSW reign supreme. Every truck has one if not two antennas for UHF/VHF/CB radios; and also, all the locals have trucks or big SUVs. Cars are in the minority, by a long shot. The giant antenna is set into the centre of the foundation of the Operational Site, and a perimeter fence is set up around it.
|Nice view at ~1800ft|
|The COMM site - JACKPOT!|
|not sure what this room was...|
|NB: collapsed bldg through the arch|
|I've never seen concrete block "go"|
|The Beach, when it was huge|
If you were wondering why it's called Rainbow Lake (Lac Rainbow), I am too. I presume it is because of the lake trout which they sewed in ~1954, after poisoning and wiping out all indigenous fish the previous year. It was a different time. Did I mention the DDT fogging and oiling of the local swamps within a 3 mile radius to control the insect population? Again, it was a different time, and that's what you did to control insect pests.
|1961 Air Photo|
|Operational Site, from the Domestic Site side|
|Operational Site viewed from COMM Site|
|Operational Site, from the air|
|The view from the Domestic Site|
|The view from the Domestic Site|
|Operational Site before Radome install|
|Undated Topographic Map|
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