|Road to Senneterre GATR Site|
- Do not drink to excess the night before exploring a Canadian Forces Station. *groan*
- Bring offline satellite imagery on an iPad, Playbook, whatever to get a bird's eye view.
- Bring Air Photos from the period when the station was active to get a better idea of where things are.
- Do not expect cell coverage; while there may be, it may not be Rogers (my cell provider)
(Telebec serves the Senneterre area, FYI)
- Bring tall rubber boots
Here are some pictures, with some of their original captions, and some of my own comments.
Below is the Senneterre GATR site, we did not make it up there, but I'm fairly certain there is little left of the original radio towers and am not sure if there is even a building up there anymore Local reports say there isn't anything, I'm hoping to find something hidden in the bushes!
|GATR Site - 12 miles away from station, 1963 |
Courtesy CFS Senneterre 25th Anniversary Album.
I wish I'd seen this map beforehand as it would have proved most useful. Thankfully I'll have it for the next trip.
|Composition of Roadways (drawing of roads and buildings), June 1st 1953|
Courtesy National Archives of Canada
You'll notice a new building has been added with a walkway between the buildings. The rightmost radar is likely the same FPS-6 that is now on display in Senneterre as a monument to those who served.
This was 1959.
|Combined Mess with Operations site on the hill |
Note that the new FPS-6 Height finder does not yet have a radome, June 1959
Courtesy Sherman Esliger
You'll see that the height finder radar on the right has been covered by a radome, and the other radomes and their radars have been removed.
This was 1960
|Operations site, April 1960 |
Courtesy Jeannine Lizotte
This was 1965
|Barracks in Domestic site, March 1965 |
Courtesy Phil Frankland.
There seems to have been an annex added between the operations building and the next one over. I'm unsure of it's purpose.
This was 1979
This was 1979
|The Combined Mess (foreground) with the Operations site perched on the hill, December 9th 1979 |
Courtesy Jim Compton
This was what the inside of the operations room in the central building looked like
Unfortunately, the operations building burned ~1990, and only the foundation remains
|Remains of Operations building, 1991 Courtesy Paul Ozorak|
|RCAF Station Senneterre / CFS Senneterre|
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