Let’s just start off by saying that this will be a Wordless Wednesday with a few words. 😉 I couldn’t post these photos without giving you an introduction of sorts, or else you’d be completely confused as to what you are looking at. So, here you go.
Bowmanville’s Camp 30 is the subject of my post today. Historically, Camp 30 started out as a boy’s school back in the 1920’s, but was turned into a POW camp for German Officer’s during WWII. I am not going to dive into the complete history of the camp in this post, but if you are interested in the story, take a look here.
When I first moved to Bowmanville in 2007, I had no idea that Camp 30 even existed, let alone that it was located only a short walk from my house. I had met Chris a year later and one day while driving around, he asked if I wanted to see his high school. It was on that day when I was introduced to Camp 30. Believe it or not, my husband attended high school at a location that had once been a POW camp. Could you even imagine how cool that must have been? That day we did my first drive by, all we could do was drive by because at the time, an Islamic boarding school was occupying the premises.
Chris’ former high school has been completely abandoned for about 3 years now and had been kept boarded up and on police watch until a short time ago. One of our friends had mentioned to us last Friday that he had gone for a bike ride to the location and noticed that the gates were all broken down and people were walking freely on the premises. As soon as we heard that we decided that we would go check it out. Saturday afternoon we went for a walk/run and ended up on the premises.
It was really neat walking around with Chris as he told me stories of his high school days and what buildings he used to go into on a daily basis. On the other hand, it was a little sad exploring the premises because it was so deteriorated and vandalized. I couldn’t even imagine how it must have looked when Chris was a teenager.
All that being said, I made sure to bring my camera along and managed to snap some pretty cool photographs along the way. It still blows my mind to know that such a big piece of WWII history (and Chris’ high school) sits so close to my home, sadly in such disrepair… I believe wheels are in motion to try to preserve this historical site, but my search online doesn’t seem to yield anything more recent than this article here.
So without further ado… Camp 30.