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Camp Borden

Camp Borden

Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Camp Borden

Plaque Location

The County of Simcoe
Canadian Forces Base Borden
On the southwest corner of Ortona Road and Falaise Road

Coordinates: N 44 16.935 W 79 53.849


Plaque Text

Camp Borden was established during the First World War as a major training centre of Canadian Expeditionary Force battalions. The Camp (including this structure) was officially opened by Sir Sam Hughes, Minister of Militia and Defence, on July 11, 1916, after two months of intensive building. This military reserve, comprising over 5000 ha, was soon occupied by some 32,000 troops. Training facilities were expanded in 1917 with the institution of an air training program under the Royal Flying Corps, Canada, and the construction of the first Canadian military aerodrome, regarded as the finest military aviation camp in North America. Following the armistice Camp Borden continued as an important army and air force centre and became one of the largest armed forces bases in Canada.

Related Ontario plaque
Royal Flying Corps Hangars

Related Toronto plaque
Church of St. John the Evangelist (The Garrison Church)



Canadian Forces Base Borden Plaques

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> Posted December 17, 2012
I spent 6 months there obtaining my commission. Our officer training centre was known as skunk hollow as a family of skunks decided to live under the structure.

> Posted June 13, 2009
Unfortunately, there aren't enough pictures of these training camps on the net. We need to see what our fathers have been through. Thanks.

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