Abandoned: Argentia Navy Base
The Argentia Backlands Trail is the perfect place for an exhilarating day of hiking and exploring
Explore the secrets of the Argentia Navy Base
The Argentia base originally served as hub for ships and aircraft convoys crossing the Atlantic, as well as a base for coastal patrol aircraft and submarine detection. At its peak, 20,000 American servicemen were stationed at the Air Station and the services it provided would help win the Battle of the Atlantic.
The US Navy continued to operate several buildings in the area until 1994 when they left completely, officially decommissioning Naval Station Argentia. During the years it was decommissioned all buildings were given to the federal government.
It has since been reported that many buildings containing sensitive and "secret" equipment were demolished by the United States before giving up the land.
Bring a flashlight and execise caution
Included on Map
"Pillbox" Lookout Stations
Anti-Aircraft Mounts and Bunkers
Isaac's Head Battery
Isaac's Head Support Building Foundations
Old Power Plant
Hangers and Supply Warehouse
Old Garage and Maintenance Building
Water Storage (Still Used)
Seaplane Base and Ramps
Former SOSUS Site
Atlantic Charter Monument
Former Communications Site
Argentia Management Authority
Coast Guard Communications Tower
Site of Husky Offshore Platform Graving Dock
Map Credit to HiddenNL.Com
Between 1941 and 1994 the United States operated a strategic military base on a large flat piece of land that extended out into Placentia Bay. The Naval Air Base contained a three runway airfield and a dockyard and seaplane base. Neighboring the Naval Air Base was Fort McAndrew; a US Army base whose purpose was to house troops at the base and to provide protection.
There was much to see on the base, older generations living in the area still reminisce about the extravagant parties thrown on the military base, along with fantastic facilities, including;
bowling alleys, shops, clubs, and theatres!