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August 25, 2010 11:00 ET

Bagotville Alert Hangar Recognized for its National Historic Significance

Government of Canada Highlights the key Role of the Alert Hangar During the Cold War

SAGUENAY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Minister of State (Agriculture) and Member of Parliament for Jonquière-Alma, today commemorated the national historic significance of the Alert Hangar at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville.

"I am very proud that the Government of Canada has recognized the Alert Hangar at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville. This building is one of the last representative and well-preserved examples of the first Canadian design standard for a quick response hangar. It is also a reminder of the constant state of alert that marked the Cold War era from the 1950s to the 1980s," said Minister Blackburn.

Built in 1958 as an integral part of the Canadian defence system, the complex played a key role in the air defence of North America during the Cold War between the West and the Soviet bloc. Its design, typical of a quick response hangar, is characterized by an absence of windows, durable construction, integrated living quarters, and a quick-opening door system. The hangar's location at the end of the airstrip, minimalist design, and living space, as well as the on-call status of its occupants, attest to the security measures and constant state of alert that marked the Cold War.

"The commemoration of the Alert Hangar is especially meaningful as today this site becomes the first representative example of Canada's aerial defence plan during the Cold War period to be recognized," said the Honourable Jim Prentice.

The emotional ceremony took place at the Bagotville base, across from the Alert Hangar. Participating in the event were members of the military, both active and retired, who served and who continue to serve Canada, including Major-General Yvan Blondin, Commander 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region.

Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of the Environment regarding the national historic significance of places, people and events that have marked Canada's history. Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of national historic sites that make up the rich tapestry of Canada's cultural heritage and which offers visitors the opportunity for real and inspiring discoveries.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Office of the Director General, Eastern Canada
    Karine Parenteau
    Communications Advisor, Quebec
    418-648-4984 or Cell.: 418-569-4460