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post by nootz   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 160 on 11/10/2008 11:58 PM >

If I don't play paintball tomorrow, then I'll probably end up going out to Chebucto to look for this "supposed" tunnel.
I've got a feeling that if there is one, it'll be on the private property where the fort used to be (partially still is).


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post by nootz   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 161 on 11/14/2008 3:30 AM >

Here's the location of the tunnel for anybody who's wondering:


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And for the record, it's actually a bunker.


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post by tribeachpunk   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 162 on 11/16/2008 2:19 AM >

Thanks for all the info, nootz! We actually walked back the path to the bunker, by the looks of it, but quit too early and turned back. It didn't look like that particular path went anywhere..

We're going to check it out tomorrow..!


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post by nootz   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 163 on 11/16/2008 9:48 PM >

So, did you end up finding it?


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post by tribeachpunk   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 164 on 11/16/2008 10:34 PM >

Posted by nootz
So, did you end up finding it?


We did!

http://www.uer.ca/...=27472&galid=26093


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post by nootz   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 165 on 11/16/2008 10:43 PM >

Pretty sweet, I added my pics to my first gallery.


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post by moneywagon   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 166 on 11/18/2008 6:56 AM >

awesome find going to check this out sometime this week


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post by tribeachpunk   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 167 on 11/18/2008 10:30 PM >

Well, be aware that the gate be closed/locked at any time, apparently. They locked the gate on us at 4:20pm on Sunday. Seems like a pretty odd time to close up.. The dude who was locking the gate must have honked his truck's horn a dozen times before we emerged from the bog... At least he waited for us vs. locking us in..


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post by nootz   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 168 on 11/19/2008 1:58 AM >

That's odd, the gates aren't supposed to close until 4:30pm off the tourist season. 8pm on tourist season.


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post by denisjr   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 169 on 1/29/2009 6:10 PM >

A little bit of colour for the page. These are from two trips I did to York Redoubt in august.


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post by tribeachpunk   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 170 on 2/22/2009 6:30 PM >

From yesterday's Chronicle Herald:

Published: 2009-02-21

McNabs fort to get facelift

DND to restore first floor of former officers’ barracks

By CHRIS LAMBIE Staff Reporter

The military plans to preserve a portion of historic fortifications at McNabs Island that came under the gun last year.

Several politicians and a former soldier who once served at the site complained last February after The Chronicle Herald revealed Defence Construction Canada’s plan to demolish part of Fort Hugonin, on the northwest edge of the island in the mouth of Halifax Harbour.

A recent tender shows the federal government still intends to remove hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead or PCBs contaminating the property, but it also wants to preserve parts of the officers’ barracks, a building that dates back to 1899.

"Our understanding is that they are going to remove the dilapidated second storey of the building, which has been leaking since the early 1990s, so it’s in quite bad shape," said Cathy McCarthy, president of the Friends of McNabs Island Society.

"Then they’re going to restore the main floor."

The building’s second storey was added in the 1950s to house a navy listening post that monitored ship traffic. While losing that relatively new section doesn’t bother society members, they weren’t happy with last year’s plans to tear down the whole building.

"We heard through The Herald that the site was going to be completely demolished, and we were a little upset about that and we contacted the Department of National Defence," Ms. McCarthy said Friday.

The work is expected to cost about $230,000. CFB Halifax spokesman Mike Bonin confirmed Friday that historic portions of the barracks will be preserved.

"After the Friends of McNabs Island raised their concerns we did go back and have a second look at the project, and this is now a result of the historical study," Mr. Bonin said.

After conducting the historical review of the property and an engineering study that showed the ground floor is still sound, the military decided to save the bottom section of the building, Ms. McCarthy said.

"We’d like to see it eventually interpreted as a piece of Canada’s military history," she said. "We would hope to see interpretation panels put up with information about the building, as well as the other military sites on the island, once it gets developed as a provincial park."

As well as serving as the officers’ barracks, it was also the site of a school for young island dwellers between the two world wars, Ms. McCarthy said.

"Some of our members actually went to the school there, so it’s got quite a varied history," she said.

McNabs Island was named a provincial park in 2002, but some pockets remain in private hands and Ottawa owns others.

Fort Hugonin consists of four quick-firing gun emplacements, subterranean magazines, crew shelters and several associated buildings.

The military used one of the buildings until 1992 as a listening post to monitor ship traffic in the harbour.

It has since declared Hugonin surplus and there has been talk of handing the property over to the province.

Bruce Oland, a former soldier who was stationed at Fort Hugonin during the Second World War, was appalled last year when the federal government wanted to tear it down.

He was pleased to learn Fri-day those plans have changed.

"I think it’s great; they should preserve everything that they can because it might not mean so much today, but it will in time," said Mr. Oland, who was stationed at Fort Hugonin and Fort McNab in 1939 and 1940 as part of the 1st Halifax Coast Brigade of the Canadian army.

"I think it means a lot to Halifax."




DND will restore part of the officers’ barracks at Fort Hugonin on McNabs Island. The fort dates back to 1899 and the property was used as a navy listening post until 1992. The Friends of McNabs Island would like to see information panels set up at the fort. The photo at left (above) is undated and shows the building in use. At right (below) is a recent photo of the abandoned building.(Contributed)




http://thechronicl...Metro/1107601.html


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post by nootz   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 171 on 2/23/2009 10:10 AM >

The grounds around the fort in the second photo are much more grown in now. It'd be nice to see Parks Canada trim that up a bit.


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post by tribeachpunk   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 172 on 2/23/2009 6:01 PM >

Posted by nootz
The grounds around the fort in the second photo are much more grown in now. It'd be nice to see Parks Canada trim that up a bit.


I'm not sure how involved Parks Canada is with Mcnabs Island... It's mostly provincial land.. And what isn't owned by the province, DND looks after.

There are some good maps at the end of this PDF file.

http://www.gov.ns....cnabs/pdf/dmpa.pdf


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post by nootz   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 173 on 2/23/2009 10:02 PM >

The last map on that PDF file is a good one (Figure 4).

Posted by tribeachpunk


It's definitely not still there. I'm not totally sure what happened to it.

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http://www.vac-acc...9&CFTOKEN=59173689



I forgot all about this, the cemetary to the bottom-left in the picture is actually the Fort Massey Cemetery, I was up there the first time I went to a Halifax Meet. There's actually a fence containing the Memorial Cemetery on the hill, there's also a much larger cemetery also within a fence which was the location of the fort itself, even though Google Maps/Earth list the whole thing as Fort Massey.

Fort Massey Cemetery

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post by tribeachpunk   |  | 
Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 174 on 5/1/2009 2:55 AM >

So Halifax is on fire. Can anyone give the status on York Redoubt?

(because non-locals won't know: http://www.cbc.ca/...-fire-halifax.html )

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post by TurboZutek   |  | King Dick

Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 175 on 5/1/2009 12:10 PM >

Guys seriously!! Canada... In Winter/Spring.... ON FIRE!?

Whit!?

Chris...


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post by darbycrashin   |  | Noble Donor

Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 176 on 5/1/2009 12:33 PM >

It was almost 30 degrees the other day and it's been windy as hell. Plus there's still a lot of dead trees down that haven't been cleaned up from the Hurricane.
It's supposed to rain for the next three days, hopefully that helps with the fire and too many people won't lose their homes.






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post by TurboZutek   |  | King Dick

Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 177 on 5/1/2009 12:37 PM >

Posted by sonikgirl
It was almost 30 degrees the other day...


Which kind?

Chris...


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post by darbycrashin   |  | Noble Donor

Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 178 on 5/1/2009 1:19 PM >

"Canada degrees" ... Celsius


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post by TurboZutek   |  | King Dick

Re: Halifax Defence Complex
<Reply # 179 on 5/1/2009 2:17 PM >

Friggery fuck that's hot for this time of year!! It's gonna be a good summer if that's an indicator!

/Looks forward to sweating in a kilt.

Chris...


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