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Camp 30 Bowmanville

Clarington, Ontario

Location Owner timo explorer
Creation Date Apr 10 2009
Status Abandoned
Category Military
Location Clarington, Ontario
Site number #613

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(a)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(a)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(a)s dress. This is the only German POW camp left in Canada and perhaps North America. _____________________________________________________________________________ <u>The Battle of Bowmanville</u> 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.

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crazy_cyclist As I was trying to find this place I asked for direction at an old house. The old man who lived there told me how security was pretty lax at times. He remembered watching some of the prisoners go past his house, speaking German, on their way to the lake to have a swim.
Feb 02 2016
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emily.h Just uploaded my gallery but it is all exterior shots as it was patrolled by a cop the whole time, he walked through and kicked everyone out and watched me as I shot from the road.
Jan 26 2016
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Unknown User Really cool location with multiple buildings. There is a 2 story building with an attic, and open access to the roof.
May 27 2015
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marniccal Visited the location tonight at 7pm. May people were walking around, but security guard in white Jeep asked me to leave. Informed me that my license plate had been noted and the car would be towed next time. Easily accessible and worth the walk around. Its unfortunate that its been vandalized.
May 20 2015
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ktolfree Caution *** it is being patrolled by Police and they are giving tickets for trespassing. Was there this week and given a warning. New "No Trespassing" signs have been posted.
Apr 19 2015
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jimmyenduro Was just there yesterday and what an absolute disgrace this site has become. Not a wall anywhere not covered in graffiti. Anything that can be wrecked or destroyed has been. Sad to say but there is no saving this place anymore. Future bulldozer fodder.
Dec 25 2014
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va3thn We visited the site on Nov. 9/14 while Mike Stroble was there interviewing the hodgesons for the article that appeared in the Toronto Sun on Nov 10/14. Although we didn't know it at the time. Mr. Hodgeson would have been a great person to speak with and learn more history of this site. (
Nov 14 2014
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Talker Interesting write-up in the Toronto Sun today that has some of the history and the layout for those who want some context when exploring it:
Nov 10 2014
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Bumblebee Just visited the camp and all I can say is wow! This location has easily become my favourite by far. I visited expecting a building or two and was pleasantly surprised with the amount of photo opertunities. So many that I left my camera in the car for another date opting for my phone. As for police, residents there told me they will not ticket or bother you during the day, so don't be discourged!
Oct 06 2014
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achinius Warning to all : I was there today walking the grounds when police appeared. Apparently there has been a lot of vandalism ( as you can see from the graffiti ) in the recent weeks and now DRPS come around every 15 minutes. There also seems to be a bunch of 25-50ft holes that have appeared, thatwere once covered by boulders, now moved. Be forewarned, cops are there, and they are watching you. Be
May 08 2014
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Storytrail Sad to see so many teenagers here fooling around, so clueless to the history of the place. A group that we ran into was throwing whatever they could find at any windows remaining, writing stupid things on walls in spray paint. It's a really cool place, but I find myself wishing I had been able to see it before the graffiti and vandalism took over.
Apr 30 2014
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nat0snake Just went here on Saturday November 16 2013. We had no trouble getting in. We ran into people while we were there but they went their own way. I found it was best to park in the near by city and walk over. Just have to be careful as there is not much of a shoulder.
Nov 21 2013
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Joeybob In the gymnasium, (connected to the pool building) kids have built an indoor skate park.
Sep 01 2013
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D Explore A friend of mine did a photo shoot for a recording artist there 2 weeks ago. 1 hour. Broad daylight. Parked right out front. No hassles. Something tells me they got very lucky.
Dec 14 2012
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donjeep The roadway is being watched very close right now as well as the grounds. There was a deliberate fire set and shingles piled in the road opposite Camp 30 grounds this week. Be forewarned, DRPS are watching you!
Nov 10 2012