Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove. Photos by Shawn Hayward.
The Americans left long ago, but the radar site at Red Cliff is ideal for people with an interest in history or those who just want to shoot their friends with paintballs.
Red Cliff was home to a battery of coastal defence guns during World War II. In 1951, when the Cold War made air defence from Soviet bombers a priority, the site was chosen as a radar base for North East Air Command, as part of a North American early warning system. About 250 American servicemen and local employees worked at the site until it was closed in 1961.
Today, only ruins remain of the barracks, storage facilities, and mess hall, but that doesn’t stop people from making their way to the Town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove to see the debris.
“It’s a pretty fantastic site,” says Erin Chafe, who ended her trek along the East Coast Trial by exploring the site about a month ago. “You can go into the buildings and the lookout and walk around, which we did of course.”
The top of the radar building allows a great view of the Atlantic ocean, and also a good place to shoot your enemies… if you’re into paintball.
“The buildings are broken and falling down, and the stairs are practically non-existent,” says Chafe. “They’re full of graffiti and paintball splatter. It does suit the paintball scene perfectly I would imagine. It makes for a pretty sweet spot to poke around.”
People who visit the radar station should watch where they step though. It is a ruin after all, with rusting jagged metal lying around and decaying concrete steps ready to disintegrate under your feet.
You can get there via Logy Bay Road or by following the East Coast Trial.
— Shawn Hayward