Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence
These virtual exhibits are archived but will remain online for consultation and research. They will no longer be updated or altered.
In 1963, North Bay’s Underground Complex, the UGC, became officially operational and 22 Wing, then named RCAF Station North Bay, became the centre for Canadian air defence. This massive complex, a feat of engineering and technology located 600 feet underground, watched Canadian skies for 43 years until its closure in 2006.
To commemorate this unique and fascinating history, on October 1, 2013, on the 50th anniversary of the UGC’s opening, CFMAD launched the UGC50 Project – a virtual exhibit – a website that explores its history deeper than ever before.
Showcasing the unique lifestyle experienced by military members and their families at the Pinetree, Mid-Canada and DEW Line radar stations.
How families and community, festivals and events, and sports and recreation could make life in remote or isolated areas vibrant, supportive and memorable.