Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sage Hill Writing named for a cold war radar station

Photo from C and E museum

During the Cold War era, Canada and the US established the DEW (distant early warning) Line. This row of radar station resembled a bead necklace strung across the throat of the Far North. It was backed up by two further lines, the Mid-Canada and the Pinetree Line. The idea was to have advance warning if the Soviets fired missiles at North American cities.

Part of the Pinetree Line, Canadian Forces Station Dana was also known as Sage Hill. Established by NORAD in 1962, it was decommissioned in the mid eighties. It stood idle until being turned to service as a conference centre that hosted earlier incarnations of the Sage Hill writing experience. One veteran of that conference remembers the bat guano in the abandoned tower.

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