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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Ottawa > CFB Rockcliffe
CFB Rockcliffe
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created by abacab on 10/9/2006 6:26 AM
last modified by thetrainguru on 2/12/2015 12:59 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Scores of vacant houses line the streets. Get your photos soon before they go.

UPDATE: Military Police may arrest and search you if they even suspect you are there to explore or enter any buildings. An explorer was arrested recently just for looking around. Bringing tools with you will certainly not help your case.

The upgrade in security appears to stem from some of the PMQ's being vandalized.

UPDATE AGAIN: No more MP's, just commissionaires. The site is not well fenced, but you will be asked to leave if you are seen.
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
Codd's Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Owner: Canada Lands Company
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  • Hobos
  •  Interesting Features
    About 200 abandoned houses of post-WW2 vintage. Several other abandoned buildings adorn the site.
    (update 2012 all but the school and the depot are left)
    (update 2013 all is gone)
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • part-time guard
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  • Commissionaire driving around
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1920
    Closed: 2009
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • binoculars
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    CFB Rockcliffe was the major RCAF base in the Ottawa area until the late 1980's when operations were consolidated at CFB Uplands in Ottawa's south end. The air base was closed in 1988 and is now the site of the Canada Aviation Museum. A good portion of the buildings and homes were subsequently demolished. The remainder of the property continued to house and service military personnel into the 1990's when it was transferred from DND to Canada Lands Company, a federal government arm charged with the disposal of surplus federal land. The City of Ottawa made a deal to rent the post WW2 military houses to low income families. An attempt to terminate this agreement was made a few years ago. Leases were extended to September 2006, and in October 2006 people left in droves. As of Oct. 6, 2006, less than 20% of the houses are occupied and they will be demolished.

    CLC will de developing the site in phases into a residential area. This is the most valuable piece of real estate in the Ottawa area due to it's proximity to downtown.
     Media Coverage

     Future Plans
    To become a huge residential development.

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     Photo Galleries
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    Abacab's pix, October 6, 2006.
    Mon, Oct 9th, 2006
    posted by abacab
    15 pictures
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    October 21, 2006.
    Sun, Oct 22nd, 2006
    posted by abacab
    6 pictures
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    Quiet July day
    Sun, Jul 8th, 2007
    posted by abacab
    5 pictures
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    September 2011
    Tue, Apr 17th, 2012
    posted by Moderate
    19 pictures
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    CFHA 2012
    Mon, Nov 12th, 2012
    posted by thetrainguru
    24 pictures
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    Thu, Feb 12th, 2015
    posted by thetrainguru
    6 pictures

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     Moderator Rating
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    Category Rating
    Photography 7 / 10
    Coolness 7 / 10
    Content Quality 6 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 2/13/2015 4:45 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Feb 13 15 at 4:45, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Feb 12 15 at 0:59, thetrainguru changed the following: Accessibility, Recommendation
  • on Feb 12 15 at 0:37, thetrainguru updated gallery Historical
  • on Feb 12 15 at 0:36, thetrainguru added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Feb 12 15 at 0:35, thetrainguru updated gallery Historical
  • on Feb 12 15 at 0:34, thetrainguru created a new gallery
  • on Jan 22 13 at 12:45, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jan 8 13 at 14:03, thetrainguru changed the following: Status, Hazards, Interesting Features, Security Measures, Recommended Equipment
  • on Jan 8 13 at 14:00, thetrainguru updated gallery CFHA 2012
  • on Nov 12 12 at 22:11, thetrainguru changed the following: Hazards, Interesting Features, Security Measures, Required Equipment
  •  Forum Threads about this Location
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Step back in timethetrainguru050210/1/2014 5:48 PM by thetrainguru
    You must log in for this feature to work.Another giant fallsthetrainguru483510/1/2014 5:49 PM by thetrainguru
    You must log in for this feature to work.DON'T GO!!! Military Police patrol it 24/7 nowOCInfiltrator19069/19/2007 12:16 PM by abacab
    You must log in for this feature to work.Redevlopment planAir1137411/27/2006 3:41 PM by hedd
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