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BOMARC La Macaza

Last modified: 07 Jan 2016, submitted by: Joker

Country: Canada    Region: Quebec

Latitude: 46° 24' 42" N     Longitude: -75° 13' 51" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


Historical: From the beginning the Bomarc Missile Program was controversial in Canada. it was unclear whether the missiles would be equipped with nuclear warheads. By 1960 it became known that the missiles were to have a nuclear payload and a debate ensued about whether Canada should accept nuclear weapons. The new liberal government proceeded to accept nuclear-armed Bomarcs, with the first being deployed in December 1963. Canadian operational Bomarc deployment involved formation of 2 specialized Surface/Air Missile squadrons.

The first being ops was No. 446 SAM Squadron at RCAF Station North Bay, Ontario which also was the command and control center for both squadrons. With construction of the compound and facilities completed in 1961, the squadron received its Bomarcs in 1961, without nuclear warheads. The squadron became fully operational from 31 December 1963 as the nuclear warheads arrived, until disbanding on 31 March 1972.

All warheads were stored separately and under control of USAF 425th Munitions Maintenance Squadron Det 1. During operational service, the Bomarcs were always on stand-by on a 24-hour basis, but were never fired, although the squadron test-fired the missiles at Eglin AFB, Florida on annual winter retreats.

No. 447 SAM Squadron operating out of RCAF Station La Macaza, Quebec activated 15 September 1962 but its warheads were not delivered until 1963. The squadron followed the same operational procedures as No. 446, its sister squadron. Through the years the operational capability of the Bomarc system no longer met modern requirements and the Department of Defence decided that the Bomarc missile defense was obsolete and ordered both squadrons to be deactivated in 1972. The bunkers and ancillary facilities remain at both former sites.

La Macaza Mont Tremblant, was home of 447 BOMARC Sqn armed with 28 nuclear tipped CIM-10 Bomarc missiles (1962-1972).
After 1968 the station became CFB La Macaza and closed as an active base in 1972 after removal of the Bomarc missiles.
Later converted as a civilian international airport in 2000.

This was the Bomarc area; later converted into a federal prison.

447 patch
CIM-10 Bomarc

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JD Richard, | 12. November 2017 02:16

Director Support Services General Dynamics

My father Eugene Richard was stationed at CFB La Macaza for 6 years of n the 60ies and was on the first course you in Florida for Maintaining the Bomarc Missiles. I did grade 1 thru 4 there and had a great time as a kid. Also had a paper route and went to movies for a dime.

M. | 03. January 2016 19:55


I was born on this nuclear base at la macadamia.

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