Lac St. Denis, QC

2000 - Assorted Photgraphs As Indicated


We are fotunate to have obtained two different sets of photogrpahs for Lac St. Denis. Bob Agar visited the location in August and Ron Guy made his trip in September.

Ron reported that the HF Site in St. Adolf was totally gone and is now part of a big field. You will notice that a number of his photos could use some additional identification detail. If you happen to recognize anything and you can provide a more detailed description - please send us an email message and we will update the detail accordingly.

Bob Agar made the following report: We visited both the domestic and the Ops site at Lac St. Denis. We were surprised to find a lot of construction activity taking place at the Ops site. Workers were removing all the inner walls and floors of the main Operations building. The inside of the Ops building is all gutted and empty now. They had two small bulldozers and a truck inside removing everything but the main cement pillars and the steel beams. One fellow came out but he only spoke French. All I managed to get from him was that I could not take any pictures and that I had to leave. By then, some other workers had come over, but they only spoke French. I had to remind myself that I was in Quebec. Finally, I found a fellow in a car that spoke broken English. He was wearing a white dress shirt with officers "pips" on his shoulders. I told him who I was, that I had been there in the mid 1950s, that I was from the west coast, and that I would like to take a few pictures. He approved my request and indicated that if anyone tried to stop me, I was to tell them that "Sunshine" (his nickname) said it was OK. Apparently everyone knew who he was. I was able to gather that they were gutting out the main Ops building, but I couldn't understand what he said they planned for it. Construction workers will be taking down the Theatre next. They are already cleaning it out. It appears as if they are trying to make the base more useable and with this in mind, they are trying to clean up as much of the junk as possible. I believe that parts of the base was bought by a Montreal Mission a while ago - with the intention of sending some of the street kids up here from Montreal. I saw other people on the domestic site wearing the same type of mission uniform.



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  1. Headquartes building - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  2. Remains of Contractors Constrution barracks where Airmen lived in the early to mid 1950s - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  3. Remains of broken concrete where Contractors Construction barracks were located - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  4. All PMQs are presently privately owned and looking great - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  5. MIR building - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  6. Left side of the MIR building - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  7. Right side of the MIR building - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  8. Airmen's lower barracks - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  9. Lower barracks (from VIP Suite) - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  10. Entrance to main wing of Airmen's barracks in 1956 - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  11. Interior photo of a room in the Airmen's lower barracks - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  12. Concrete foundation remains of the Combined Mess - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  13. Concrete foundation remains of the Airmen's portion of the Combined Mess - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  14. Cement steps leading to entrance of what was once the Airmen's portion of the Combined Mess - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  15. Concrete foundation remains of the Sgts and Officers portion of the Combined Mess - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  16. Location of Sgts entrance in the Combined Mess - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  17. Looking from the Rec Centre (Snack Bar etc) towards PMQs - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  18. Recreation Centre - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  19. Left portion of the Rec Centre - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  20. Right portion of the Rec Centre - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  21. Interior view of the Station Theatre - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  22. Interior view of the Station Theatre - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  23. Interior view of the Rec Centre - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  24. Chapel across from the Officers Mess. This building has had a face lift and is now part of a Music School - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  25. Site of the Headquarters building and the ME Section in the 1950s - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  26. Supply Section - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  27. Renovated (new barracks built in 1957) - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  28. Left side of the renovated (new barracks built in 1957) - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  29. Right side of the renovated (new barracks built in 1957) - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  30. Airwomen's Upper barracks. Now a Music School - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  31. Current Music School - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  32. Interior photo of a games area in the Music School - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  33. One of the rooms in the Music School. Note the Air Force beds and bedding. The school makes use of the old RCAF red wool blankets - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  34. The beach where we had so many parties - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  35. This is the location of the Ski Hill - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  36. Pump House - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  37. Operations building. Note the new white tower on the left which is part of the "Castle Renovations" - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  38. Front of original Operations building (presently being renovated) - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  39. Main entrance to the original Operations building - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  40. This looks like the cement foundation/floor of the T2 building - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  41. Cement foundation/floor of the original CPS-6B search radar antenna - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  42. Renovating the front of the Operations building to look like a castle - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  43. Power Plant, looking up to the Mezanine area from the Ops floor - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  44. Third floor looking over to CPS-6B radar section area - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  45. View of the second floor as seen from a stairway - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  46. Second floor Ops Canteen on left in recest area. This was operated by "Pop" Kennedy - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  47. Power Plant Air Conditioner floor - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  48. Power Plant looking down from Mezanine to Operating floor - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  49. Operations on ground floor left of stairway - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  50. Operations on ground floor right of stairway - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  51. Third floor looking down - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  52. Second floor looking down - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  53. Stairwell in original Operations building - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  54. The "Pins" hotel in St. Adolphe. It was a dump in 55 and still is today. This was a popular "watering hole" in the mid 50s - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  55. The "Commons" hotel in Morin Heights. This was a popular gathering place after ball games - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  56. Sign at the "Commons" in Morin Heights - September 2000.
    Courtesy of Ron Guy

  57. RCAF Station Lac St. Denis - now "Camp Musical" looking south from the main entrance - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  58. Main entrance to the station looking east. Remains of the guard house on the right and the road to the Operations complex across the road - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  59. Lower barrack block - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  60. MSE Section - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  61. PMQ area - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  62. Rear of the Recreation Center that housed the station theater and the swimming pool - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  63. Recreation Center - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  64. Recreation Center - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  65. Front of the Recreation Center - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  66. Recreation Center - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  67. Interior view of the station theater - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  68. Interior view of the station theater - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  69. Fire Hall - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  70. Hospital - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  71. Headquarters building - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  72. Headquarters building - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  73. Station theater on left with Operations building in the background - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  74. Main entrance of road to the Operations site - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  75. Front of the main Operations building - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  76. East side of the Operations building - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  77. East end of the Operations building - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  78. Remains of a radar tower at the front (SE) side of the Operations site - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  79. North side of the Operations site. Bottom of CPS-6B search radar tower - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  80. Rear side of the Operations site. Tower base for CPS-6B search radar - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  81. Interior view of a height finder tower behind NE side of the main Ops building - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  82. North west corner of the Operations building - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  83. South east side of the Operations building - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  84. Interior remains of the Operations building - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar

  85. Interior remains of the Operations building - August 2000.
    Courtesy of Bob Agar



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Updated: January 28, 2000