Tuesday, November 1, 2011

CFS Shelburne

Over the past few weeks, I've been taking trips down to the old Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Shelburne. Or at least what's left of it. There were quite a few finds up behind where the PMQ's used to be, several old barracks and ammunition depots are still standing in the woods. Across the street, down off of Adamant Drive are also some foundations and still intact bunkers. Although only one of them was open to get into. Nothing too special.
We did get down to Lower Sandy Point to check out the old Government Point Battery as well. I'd been there about a year prior to this trip, so I knew what to expect. The only new thing we checked out down there was a little white "shed" across from where the battery is. Usually these little white shacks indicate nearby tunnels, as they are usually tunnel entrances. Unfortunately, this was probably THE biggest let-down of the year thus far. The shack had a worn out "Defense" sign on it, and the door was unlocked. As we opened up the door, first sight was a hole in the concrete foundation about four or five feet in diameter with a rebar ladder attached to one side. I was completely pumped to check out some intact tunnels! But upon looking down the shaft, we found out that it only goes down about six or seven feet before hitting bottom and there were pipes heading off towards the interior of the Shelburne Peninsula. NO TUNNELS. I was absolutely pissed. Perhaps next time I'm down that way, I'll check out the other shack that was further up in the brush, probably about 250m away.