Canadian Forces Station Dana:

by Bruce Forsyth (www.militarybruce.com), with permission

Opened in 1962 as RCAF Station Dana (also known as Sagehill), with the radar functions being run by No. 45 Radar Squadron.

The station consisted of three pulsed radars and support facilities, including barracks, married quarters (trailers), a school, chapel, bowling alley and gym. The site was powered by a natural gas-fired power plant that also generated steam for heating some of the buildings.

With the Unification of the forces the station was re-named CFS Dana in 1968. It closed in 1987.

The Sagehill Development Corporation bought the base for $180k.  For many years the PMQs (trailers) were rented out to civilians, but they are no longer there. For a time in the early 90s, a food company operated out of the site, but went out of business within a couple years. In the mid 90s, the base was sold again and became the Signal Hill Buffalo Farm.

As of 2011, the buildings are in disrepair, with roofs collapsing on some of them. Only one radar tower remains, and it’s radome has been deflated. The owner died in 2011 and current ownership is unknown, but it is still a buffalo ranch.

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