North Bay House

This was a really random find. I, and a new explorer, had gone to have a look at another abandoned house in North Bay, only to discover that it had completely collapsed, possibly burnt, and clearly had nothing to offer us anymore.

French River House 2

I'm not sure how many times I've driven past this place, but I'm reasonably sure that it's well into the hundreds. Despite that, I hadn't noticed it until last Wednesday while on the way home from a concert in Toronto. I made a mental note to come back here again soon to take a closer look.

Well, here we are. A Sunday afternoon with little else to do except wander and look for places such as these.

Wood House

While on our way to Toronto, my eagle-eyed partner in exploration caught a glimpse of something in the trees. Making note of where it was, we decided we would come back to it for closer investigation on our return trip.

The next day, we found it again, and I pulled off the side of the highway to have a closer look. As it turns out, it was an old house, no longer being used as either a house, or its more recent purpose, a hunt camp. It had, in fact. been replaced by a newer, much more solid structure near by.

Stubbert's Point Battery


Constructed in 1939, Stubbert's Point Battery was part of the rather formidable defense network for the protection of Sydney, Nova Scotia. The battery was originally equipped with two 6-pounder Hotchkiss guns, but was later equipped with a 6-poinder duplex quick-firing gun. In addition, three search lights were constructed here to help guard the anti-submarine net that stretched across the harbour.

Redcliff AFS


The location on which the radar station was constructed was originally a World War II coastal battery. Construction of the site began in 1952, and was completed the following year when it officially began operations. It was built, financed and operated by the United States Air Force during its complete life-span of 9 years.

NAS Argentia


Construction of Naval Air Station (NAS) Argentia began on January 25, 1941 and was completed that July. In order to build this base in anticipation of the US's involvement in World War II, over 400 families were displaced from the land by the Government of Newfoundland. While they had been paid for their property, they were uprooted from land on which generations before them had lived, and moved into other communities that were already struggling with the population they had.