November 03, 2012

Visit to the North Bay BOMARC Site

On our way back from our trip (October 22nd, 2012), with only two of four brakes working (which is another story) we stopped behind the BOMARC site at North Bay.  Whenever I've passed by previously the gate has been closed, as I've been travelling at odd hours or on the weekend.  I was surprised to see the gate open as we left, but we were out of time, and had already been taking pictures from the rear of the base.

To take pictures from the rear of the base, we parked on the ATV trails along the natural gas line which runs North/South to the West of the base.  Take BOMARC Road off HWY 11, past the trailer park, and take a left on the pipeline access road/ATV trail.  I would not recommend this in something other than a high 4WD vehicle, the road is not maintained to a quality suitable for car traffic.

Lesson Learned:
  • Plan time for stop at North Bay BOMARC during business hours

I was quite impressed that the self-storage facility which now owns the property is keeping the place together pretty well.  I'm glad to see most of the buildings still there.  I wish they could get a grant to paint the buildings to their original colours, but it is a private business, so I doubt that will happen.  Surely it's a site of historical significance that is worthy of getting some of my tax dollars.

USAF BOMARC Missile Maintenance Bays

BOMARC Launchers

BOMARC Launchers

BOMARC Missile standing at the ready

North Bay BOMARC Site

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