An important piece of Canadian history in the west central region has new owners that are looking to take care of it for years to come.

The Canadian Civil Defence Museum Association recently purchased the Canadian Forces Station Alsask site in the Rural Municipality of Milton. Standing on the site is a radar dome which was an integral part of Canada's defence system from the 1960s to the mid 80s.

Built in 1961, the Alsask radar dome was a part of the Pinetree Line, a group of radar stations within Canada and the United States to provide possible warnings of an attack from the Soviet Union.

The tower was operational by just before 1963 at the Royal Canadian Air Force station in Alsask, serving throughout the Cold War, until RCAF dissolved in 1987.

The station in Alsask was later renamed the Canadian Forces Station Alsask and the tower was taken over by the village. In 2006, the site was designated as a Municipal Heritage Property by the RM of Milton.

The property fell into the RM of Milton's ownership once Alsask became a part of the rural municipality, until it was sold to a private owner in 2015 who was hoping to make it into an observatory. Eventually, the owner then sold the tower to the association.

CCDMA are excited about the radar dome's purchase, going as far as saying the dome is the best conditioned site out of all the stations incorporated in the Pinetree Line.

Their plans are to clean up the site and keep the dome in great condition to preserve it's importance to the nation's defence history.

Based in Edmonton, Alberta, the CCDMA is a non-profit organization that is "committed to preserving, protecting, and presenting the Canadian Civil Defence Cold War Emergency Preparedness history nationally".


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