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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Foymount > CFB Foymount
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CFB Foymount
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 Database Info
created by Mutt on 7/12/2004 10:51 PM
last modified by Ricky_from_TV on 8/17/2015 1:40 AM
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 Overview
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Basically a small town on the summit of a mountain. Formerly a RCAF radar station, now mosty abandoned. The PMQ's are, for the most part, still occupied. There are five apartment buildings, open to the elements since 1974, watch for crappy flooring inside, and don't even think of standing on the wooden balconies! The school is a bit tougher to enter as it is within the residential area. The mess halls are now used by a company that makes outdoor clothing, but they too look rundown.

A must see is what I call FoyHenge. The foundations on the top of the 'mountain' of the radar domes and adjoining buildings. While up there, take the time to watch the sun set its awesome.
 Basic Information
Type: Buildings
Status: Partially Active
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Address
The whole town
Foymount, Ontario
Canada
Owner: Various
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • Variable hazards depending upon building entered.
  •  Interesting Features
    Multiple apartment buildings, a school, and military base support buildings abandoned since 1974. Basicaly a whole miltary base.
    UPDATE: Only the Erie apartment block was easily accessible as of May 2007 with the others being sealed tight.
    Another update: The western-most apartment building has actually been renovated, and is now lived in. Went up a few weeks ago to do some night photography and the lower two levels of the building were lit up... with people inside.
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  • Small town, the locals notice foreigners. Act accordingly. Be particulary careful during deer hunting season. Yes, I'm being serious!
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1950
    Closed: 1974
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • Camera and a friend
  •  Recommended Equipment
    caution
     History
    The Pinetree Line was first conceived during the Cold War when fears of a Soviet air attack against North America were running high. In the late 1940s, U.S. and Canadian defence chiefs put their heads together and developed joint defence plans which included a series of 33 prime radar stations stretching from coast to coast across Canada.

    Construction on the radar stations began in the late 1940s. For the most part, they were developed to detect incoming Soviet aircraft and direct interceptor aircraft to other points within their area of coverage. Wherever possible, each station was located on the highest point of land within its jurisdiction, usually a hill or mountain top.

    RCAF Station Foymount was built in 1950. Located on the historic Opeongo Road, atop the Opeongo Mountains in Renfrew County, the operations building towered 1800 feet above sea level. In addition to the radomes, receiving and transmitting equipment, and the usual combined mess, quarters and maintenance buildings, the station included 65 houses, a school, medical and dental facilities, a recreation room with a gym, swimming pool, general store, post office and a host of other amenities. Water was supplied from a 100,000 gal. reservoir, which drew its source from a nearby lake. Sewage was treated in a plant located right on the premises. In effect, the station was a fully self-contained and self supporting community with all the facilities one would expect to find in any similarly sized civilian village. Initial personnel estimates were 38 officers and 343 mixed ranks and civilians.

    RCAF Station Foymount became fully operational in September 1952. In May 1953 the 32 Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron moved in to assume the Ground Control Intercept role. By 1963 computer technology had advanced to the point where interceptors were automated and controlled directly from Ottawa. Station Foymount was upgraded to intruder-detection only and the unit was renamed the 32 Radar Squadron.

    The unification of the Canadian Armed Forces in 1967 resulted in more reshuffling and re-designation of ranks, roles and titles. By 1968, the station was operating as a long range radar facility and field training school and no longer assumed any Norad functions. In 1970 a total of 208 military and civilian personnel were assigned to the station.

    Military downsizing in the early 1970s led to the eventual closure of CFS Foymount. After it was determined the radars at CFS Falconbridge and CFS Lac St. Denis were powerful enough to cover Foymount's existing territory, it was decided to close the Foymount station in October 1974. The radar towers and operations centre were dismantled and the remaining buildings sold. The buyer later defaulted on his property taxes and many of the buildings were repossessed by the township for outstanding tax arrears.

    Today, Foymount is slowly coming back to life. Although many of the buildings remain abandoned, several are now leased to such tenants as Sebastopol Township and the Black Water Factory, a manufacturer of high quality outerwear. A tea room has recently opened.

    The houses were put up for sale, some for as little as the cost of the unpaid taxes, and many are now owned by retired military personnel who were formerly stationed in Foymount.

    Although Foymount still contains a number of ruins, the new residents are not ready to see their community die. Many of occupied homes have been renovated and repaired and their owners appear eager to recapture the strong social and community ties they enjoyed during Foymount's military hey day.

    Copy from http://www.ghosttownpix.com/

    ADDENDUM: The 5 apartment buildings were sold by the township to a private individual for $10,000 within the last few years. There appears to be some attempt at occupying portions of the Cree block as there are extra "No Trespassing" signs here and pictures of Jesus in some windows.

    Purportedly the township was desperate to dispose of the buildings- a proposal to burn them down was made and then rejected due to the presence of asbestos. The new owners apparently must deal with the asbestos problem as well, making any real progress on renovating these buildings very costly.
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     Future Plans
    Apartment buildings will eventually return to nature. The radar dome areas are now used heavily by various communication companies antenna towers.
    UPDATE: One of the apartments has been fixed up, and is currently occupied. Yes. Really.
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     Photo Galleries
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    Foymount
    Mon, Jul 12th, 2004
    posted by Mutt
    27 pictures
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    Mutt's 2nd trip
    Sun, Jul 25th, 2004
    posted by Mutt
    51 pictures
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    2004 - THD
    Mon, Aug 30th, 2004
    posted by The Hitman's Daughter
    15 pictures
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    Bandi's Oct. 2004 Trip
    Sun, Jan 9th, 2005
    posted by bandi
    4 pictures
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    Bandi/fun_and_games/Rodentia RattBurg's June 16th midnight trip
    Fri, Jun 17th, 2005
    posted by bandi
    22 pictures
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    Bandi's Aug 21st trip
    Wed, Sep 7th, 2005
    posted by bandi
    12 pictures
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    CFB Foymount
    Wed, May 24th, 2006
    posted by 350D
    10 pictures
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    Jannx & Air33's Foggy trip
    Mon, Nov 13th, 2006
    posted by Air
    24 pictures
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    Air 33 and Jannx in Foymount fog
    Tue, Nov 14th, 2006
    posted by Jannx
    13 pictures
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    Victoria Day Weekend Visit
    Mon, May 21st, 2007
    posted by abacab
    18 pictures
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    Returning to do a geocache...
    Fri, Jul 13th, 2007
    posted by abacab
    10 pictures
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    foymount pump house
    Tue, Aug 7th, 2007
    posted by swiftee
    8 pictures


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     Web Links
    http://www.pinetreeline.org/
    The homepage for Canada's Pinetree Line Radar stations of the cold war. The site has information on the rest of the Pintree Line stations and many many images from the past to the present.

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     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 8/17/2015 11:35 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Aug 17 15 at 11:35, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Aug 17 15 at 1:40, Ricky_from_TV changed the following: Status, Recommended Equipment
  • on Jul 16 15 at 15:15, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Jul 16 15 at 3:52, bandi updated gallery Bandi/fun_and_games/Rodentia RattBurg's June 16th midnight trip
  • on Jul 16 15 at 3:52, bandi updated gallery Bandi/fun_and_games/Rodentia RattBurg's June 16th midnight trip
  • on Sep 23 09 at 3:17, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Sep 21 09 at 19:55, bandi changed the following: Accessibility, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Future Plans
  • on Aug 7 08 at 14:20, Mutt validated this location
  • on Aug 7 08 at 14:19, Mutt made this location public
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