Camp X in Whitby recognized as an event of national historic
WHITBY, ON, May 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to
the Minister of the Environment, on behalf of the Honourable Leona
Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister Responsible for
Parks Canada, today recognized Camp X, the first school of its kind in
North America for training Canadian and American secret agents as an
event of national historic significance. From initial training in
subversive warfare and covert techniques, to fighting behind enemy
lines, the men and women who trained at Camp X lived in the shadows,
and constitute an important element of Canada's allied war efforts.
Between 1941 and 1944, Americans and Canadians trained as secret agents
at Camp X in Whitby, Ontario learning from the finest intelligence
specialists the arts of espionage, sabotage, subversion, unarmed
combat, silent killing, weapons training and various forms of
communications. Employing the finest intelligence specialists, Camp X
turned highly qualified recruits into covert operatives trained for
clandestine Allied missions, and in so doing played an integral role in
the development of international and domestic intelligence training.
Camp X was also the site of a sophisticated top-secret Canadian made and
operated communications relay station for sensitive information during
the war. It was considered one of the world's most advanced
communications centres at that time, and continued to operate until
Camp X served as the training school for Canadian and American secret
Over 500 agents trained at Camp X before undertaking clandestine Allied
missions all over the world.
Agents were not protected by the Geneva Convention relative to the
Treatment of Prisoners of War; many were captured, tortured, and
executed by hostile forces, while survivors received no individual
recognition for their courageous efforts.
Camp X hosted an Allied radio network where secret information was
transmitted securely to and from Canada, Great Britain, other
Commonwealth countries and the United States during the Second World
Camp X was an inspiration for spy fiction writers.
"I am proud to commemorate the Secret Intelligence Activities at Camp X
as an event of national historic significance. The actions undertaken
at Camp X directly contributed to the success of the Second World War
efforts, and Canadian's should be proud of the historic events that
took place here."
Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible
for Parks Canada
"In local circles, it is said that the CIA named their training facility
the 'Farm' as homage to Camp X here in Whitby. This is an example of
the impact that Canada, at Camp X, had in the training and development
of secret operatives from Allied Nations during the Second World War."
Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment
1) Secret Intelligence Activities at Camp X
2) Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
Image with caption: "Photo credit: Whitby Archives, Workers at Camp X (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140503_C6507_PHOTO_EN_39918.jpg
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Partnering Engagement & Communications Officer
Georgian Bay and Ontario East Field Unit
Parks Canada Agency
613-923-5261 extension 122
Photo credit: Whitby Archives
Workers at Camp X