FacebookPinterestYoutube Instagram
Location #
Ontario Abandoned Places
An online trust-based community for photographers and explorers.
Return to index of Clarington
Camp 30 Bowmanville
Located in: Clarington
Location #613
Public

Report Location
Location Owner: timo explorer
Creation Date: 4/10/2009
Last Updated: 7/18/2017



Description
Site of a former POW camp used during the Second World War. Camp 30 was populated by officers of Nazi Germany.

In 1941, Camp 30 was the only camp in the world to house the Third Reich's highest-ranking German officers captured by Allied forces "because Britain wanted to get them as far away from the war as possible". In total 880 stayed there. By all accounts, this is the only surviving POW camp for Germans that is still intact.

Run like a five-star hotel with luxuries that included an indoor swimming pool, theatre and concert stage, the camp's true purpose was given away only by the barbed wire around it.

It is the site of the famed "Battle of Bowmanville" where German POWs staged an uprising and the Canadian Armed Forces had to be called in the break up the mini-war. For more info. go to "Bowmanville" on wiki.

Later used a private training school, a Catholic secondary school, and finally as the Darul Uloom Islamic University, it now stands in a state of dis-repair and is a the centre of controversy. This area is quickly being gobbled up by housing developers and is under pressure to be levelled. There is a growing faction of historical and patriotic people who would like to see this place saved as a reminder of the past and the importance that this institution served over the years.

.. and more info from Wandering Around:

This site was a previous POW camp used during WWII and was used by officers of Nazi Germany.

The place was very exquisite for a POW. It had an indoor swimming pool, theatre and concert stage.

Although there are some graffiti thoughout the camp, some of them are quite interesting and it has been used by professional photographers to bring their models and come out with a magnificently composed artistic shot.

After the war it was used a private training school, a Catholic secondary school, and finally as the Darul Uloom Islamic University. It now stands as though it may be demolished as the theater hall was maliciously burned by one of the previous owners of the site in a failed attempt to gain insurance money.

On my last visit everything was still intact but I have driving by and no longer see the theater hall. This leads me to assume that they are demolishing the site which is such a pity. I am not positive what they are going to do with the rest of the site but I will keep you posted.

Season 2 of the post-apocalyptic television show 12 Monkeys was filmed at this location (see link)
Windows were gutted and the buildings were cleaned thoroughly for the actors. Locals in town were told not to be alarmed if they heard gunfire. After filming, the municipality has taken steps towards preserving this historic site. The buildings are all heavily boarded, and very few buildings still have a viable point of entry now that there is daily maintenance of the property.

* Latest News Update-- the camp is going to be preserved and tours will be given in 1940's dress. This is the only German POW camp left in Canada and perhaps North America.

_____________________________________________________________________________

The Battle of Bowmanville

In October 1942, between 150 to 400 prisoners revolted against the POW guards after they were shackled as retribution as part of the escalation of Germany's new Commando Order.
Lt.Col. James Taylor had asked German senior officer Georg Friemel to supply 100 prisoners to volunteer to be shackled as part of the ongoing international dispute. When he refused, Otto Kretschmer and Hans Hefele were also asked to provide volunteers, but refused.
Taylor ordered the guards to find 100 officers to be shackled by force, and Horst Elfe, Kretschmer and others barricaded themselves in the mess hall, arming themselves with sticks, iron bars and other makeshift weapons. Approximately 100 Canadian soldiers requisitioned from another base arrived, and together stormed the mess hall using only baseball bats, so the two sides remained evenly matched. After several hours of brawling, the Canadians brought high pressure water hoses and soaked the cabin thoroughly until the prisoners agreed to come out peacefully.
During later incidents in the battle which spanned several days, Volkmar K├Ânig was wounded by gunfire and another bayoneted, and a Canadian soldier suffered a skull fracture from a thrown jar of jam. After calm had returned, 126 of the prisoners were transferred to other camps.
-------------------
From Member: ItsGoodToExplore

So I've heard of this location on Instagram from a number of explorers. Upon searching google, it's actually listed as a location, which I find hilarious as I fought with Google for almost 7 months to get my restaurant listed. I wasn't sure what to expect as it was spoken of in such high regard. Still hesitant as I have been warned numerous times about exploring alone, I thought it wouldn't hurt to just scout it from a distance on my last day off. Upon arrival I realized that this was a MASSIVE site, and not a singular building. But there were also two cars parked at the entrance. While grabbing my gear I see two figure walking out, a woman and younger girl, I learned was her daughter. I asked them how it was, and the Mom mentioned that there were some very powerful spiritual energies going on here, and proceeded to show me some pictures on her iPhone. All the while, I notice a family walking out of the structure on the opposite side of the road with... are you ready? (drumroll) a STROLLER with a TODDLER! (What child doesn't need a little asbestos to get the ol' immune system going? At this point I realized that by day this is more of a tourist attraction than a hazardous zone. Despite the Moms warning of evil energies, I proceeded, to be amazed. I'm not going to write much else, as I'm SURE this location already exists somewhere in the full member files, but I always like to write a little commentary.




Abandoned houses may be dangerous! Read the LEGAL DISCLAIMER.


Status:
Status: Abandoned
Category: Military

Links:
Options:
Make Favourite
Who's Viewed
Login to upload photos
Edit Location

HAZARDS
  • Alarms/Motion Detector/Cameras
  • Sharp Objects (glass, etc.)
  • Air Quality

    We do not assume any responsibility for the accuracy of this information or for liability should you injure yourself.

  • WHAT'S NEW (7 Days)

    Galleries: 2
    Addresses are not displayed to non-members.
    Province: Ontario
    Full Members can edit entries after they've requested the GPS coordinates. This is because addresses are shown in the editor.


    March 2016
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:7/18/2017
    Created by: Hvyds
    8 photos
    2017
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:7/17/2017
    Created by: xourbex
    15 photos
    Camp 30 2016
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/6/2017
    Created by: __sunraider__
    11 photos
    cameras aint doing much
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/4/2017
    Created by: steve_h93
    6 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/1/2017
    Created by: kaitrinsullivan
    30 photos
    2017-05-30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:5/30/2017
    Created by: KaitlinAlves
    21 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:4/30/2017
    Created by: meggieboo
    14 photos
    2017-04-09
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:4/25/2017
    Created by: DeftLeft
    11 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:4/9/2017
    Created by: urbex.to
    6 photos
    April 2017
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:4/6/2017
    Created by: Digitisation
    4 photos
    February 2016
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:4/5/2017
    Created by: mhjg
    27 photos
    Overcast March 2017
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:3/30/2017
    Created by: LostTardigrade
    4 photos
    First and Last Visit
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:1/9/2017
    Created by: haleatory
    11 photos
    2016
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:12/19/2016
    Created by: Szabo
    6 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:11/27/2016
    Created by: alannareed
    13 photos
    Camp 30 2014/2015
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:11/22/2016
    Created by: Digitisation
    16 photos
    IG VacantMedia
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:10/23/2016
    Created by: VacantMedia
    7 photos
    Camp 30 | Night + Day
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:10/5/2016
    Created by: dylon.jpeg
    20 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:9/26/2016
    Created by: AbandonedKatie
    12 photos
    camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:9/23/2016
    Created by: dazeddanny
    20 photos
    Camp 30 / June 2016
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:9/5/2016
    Created by: trepidxte
    10 photos
    My visit to camp30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:8/27/2016
    Created by: rosemarysbaby
    1 photos
    Aug-22-2016
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:8/23/2016
    Created by: animefreak13
    11 photos
    Kicked Out Early
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:8/5/2016
    Created by: historicallycultural
    28 photos
    June 2016
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/24/2016
    Created by: electricfuneral
    40 photos
    Inside Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/1/2016
    Created by: JussticeJ
    5 photos
    CAMP 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:5/22/2016
    Created by: pganja
    20 photos
    Camp 30 5-4-2016
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:5/17/2016
    Created by: ChiefBakes
    18 photos
    finally made it inside!
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:5/9/2016
    Created by: emily.h
    20 photos
    April 2016
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:4/19/2016
    Created by: whatwouldsatando
    4 photos
    Camp 30 - March 14, 2016
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:4/13/2016
    Created by: gabbybrink
    5 photos
    Frozen in Time
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:4/11/2016
    Created by: littlewanderer
    11 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:4/2/2016
    Created by: nicolefm
    11 photos
    March 30 2016
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:3/30/2016
    Created by: johnserj
    15 photos
    camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:3/15/2016
    Created by: killinitwithkody
    8 photos
    November 2015
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:3/8/2016
    Created by: Laur5560
    12 photos
    2015/2016 trips
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:2/5/2016
    Created by: LivingGhost
    30 photos
    Camp 30 POW
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:2/2/2016
    Created by: crazy_cyclist
    15 photos
    2015
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:12/28/2015
    Created by: burchhh
    20 photos
    July 2015
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:12/21/2015
    Created by: mae7
    10 photos
    November 2015
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:12/2/2015
    Created by: HeikeReuse
    8 photos
    12 Monkeys Tv Set
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:11/19/2015
    Created by: whatwouldsatando
    3 photos
    October 2015
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:10/17/2015
    Created by: KnightHawk
    15 photos
    Fall 2014 photos - Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:10/9/2015
    Created by: gabbybrink
    3 photos
    Camp 30 2015 AJB
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:9/7/2015
    Created by: AmandaJane
    5 photos
    Camp 30 (2012-2015)
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:9/4/2015
    Created by: StaggeringInTheDark
    20 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:8/28/2015
    Created by: 193ForgetMeNot
    8 photos
    2nd Try 2015
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:8/27/2015
    Created by: itsgoodtoexplore
    18 photos
    August 2015
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:8/19/2015
    Created by: itsgoodtoexplore
    12 photos
    July 4, 2015
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:7/8/2015
    Created by: SaKur
    20 photos
    Last visit to Camp30 June,2015
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:7/1/2015
    Created by: whatwouldsatando
    4 photos
    Camp 30 First Visit
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/30/2015
    Created by: Ikonorchid
    20 photos
    Pix
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/24/2015
    Created by: AlexS
    12 photos
    Winter Exploring
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/23/2015
    Created by: vjpolsoni
    11 photos
    May 2015
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/12/2015
    Created by: aeb00
    20 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:5/27/2015
    Created by: jessedddd
    6 photos
    Camp 30 (May 2015)
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:5/20/2015
    Created by: marniccal
    17 photos
    POW 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:5/1/2015
    Created by: Auntie Relic
    6 photos
    Camp 30 Apr. 2015
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:4/24/2015
    Created by: Daveme Images
    9 photos
    April 10, 2015
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:4/11/2015
    Created by: aspect
    12 photos
    Camp 30 March 15, 2015
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:3/17/2015
    Created by: jennyblee
    20 photos
    October '14
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:1/18/2015
    Created by: Talker
    20 photos
    Disgraced
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:12/25/2014
    Created by: jimmyenduro
    16 photos
    July 23, 2014
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:11/20/2014
    Created by: OAP
    18 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:11/18/2014
    Created by: dreamgurl
    3 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:11/14/2014
    Created by: girligrk707
    18 photos
    POW Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:11/13/2014
    Created by: va3thn
    30 photos
    October 2014
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:10/22/2014
    Created by: Bumblebee
    18 photos
    May 2012
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:10/15/2014
    Created by: ecfm1975
    17 photos
    Oct 2014
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:10/8/2014
    Created by: drifter
    9 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:8/19/2014
    Created by: cylr
    4 photos
    Aug. 2014
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:8/11/2014
    Created by: mike6639
    19 photos
    Before the Vandals.
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:5/14/2014
    Created by: chiller
    30 photos
    So Sad :(
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:5/4/2014
    Created by: ktolfree
    16 photos
    First but not last
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:2/23/2014
    Created by: adam_korn
    4 photos
    Camp 30 Graffiti
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:11/30/2013
    Created by: AaronP
    1 photos
    Tourist Attraction Sept '13
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:11/25/2013
    Created by: Motleykiwi
    20 photos
    Snowing at Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:11/25/2013
    Created by: Miche
    19 photos
    camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:11/21/2013
    Created by: itsme
    20 photos
    Camp 30 2013_11_16
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:11/21/2013
    Created by: nat0snake
    30 photos
    camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:10/3/2013
    Created by: gmatchett
    16 photos
    April 2013
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/1/2013
    Created by: Vanessa
    8 photos
    Old Black and White
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:12/9/2012
    Created by: clay70
    1 photos
    Camp 30, Oct. 2012
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:11/7/2012
    Created by: Kait_O
    17 photos
    Oct 31st 2012
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:11/1/2012
    Created by: RoadTrip
    5 photos
    Oct/12
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:10/13/2012
    Created by: Finz519
    10 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:9/21/2012
    Created by: rashomon
    9 photos
    Sept 16 2012
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:9/17/2012
    Created by: SirG
    19 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:8/31/2012
    Created by: Mikeyz Fotoz
    18 photos
    Summer Camp
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:8/5/2012
    Created by: azreal
    10 photos
    July 2012
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:8/2/2012
    Created by: ArcticSoul
    20 photos
    July 20, 2012
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:7/21/2012
    Created by: cobra427_1ca
    20 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:7/10/2012
    Created by: Skye_Ann
    20 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:2/12/2012
    Created by: kookoo photography
    7 photos
    CAMP 30 BOWMANVILLE
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:10/29/2011
    Created by: grumpy0282
    20 photos
    Camp 30
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:11/11/2010
    Created by: slicknick
    6 photos
    Camp 30/second trip
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:7/5/2010
    Created by: mooseprints
    7 photos
    Gallery
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/30/2010
    Created by: billyc
    6 photos
    Gallery
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/30/2010
    Created by: mooseprints
    20 photos
    Gallery
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/30/2010
    Created by: tankgirl
    23 photos
    Gallery
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/30/2010
    Created by: flash64
    5 photos
    Gallery
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/30/2010
    Created by: nexxus
    10 photos
    Gallery
    Camp 30 Bowmanville
    Created on:6/30/2010
    Created by: timo explorer
    14 photos