Border Beacon (Mid-Canada Line Site 212) was a United States Air Force military installation in Labrador, located approximately 190 km (120 mi) west of the Town of Hopedale.[1] Border Beacon was a bistatic radar Doppler Detection Station on the Mid-Canada Line system of early-warning radar stations.[2]

Border Beacon
Mid-Canada Line Site 212
Part of Mid-Canada Line
Labrador, Canada
Border Beacon is located in Newfoundland and Labrador
Border Beacon
Border Beacon
Coordinates55°19′58″N 63°12′51″W / 55.332761°N 63.214139°W / 55.332761; -63.214139
Site information
Controlled by United States Air Force
Site history
Built by United States Air Force
In use1958 – April 1965
Airfield information
Direction Length and surface
08/26 1,500 m (4,900 ft) Gravel

Opened in 1957, and fully operational in 1958,[3] Border Beacon was in operation for eight years. The eastern portion of the Mid-Canada Line was shut down in 1965 and the site was closed.[4]

Transport Canada


The Government of Canada took possession of the Border Beacon site from the US in 1965 and transformed it into a weather station. Transport Canada operated the weather station until it closed in the 1970s.[1]

Accidents and incidents



  1. ^ a b GHD Group. Phase I Environmental Site Assessment: Former US Military Mid Canada Line Radar Site 212, Border Beacon, NL (PDF) (Report). Department of Environment and Conservation. pp. i–ii.
  2. ^ "Mid canada line".
  3. ^ The NBC Group (1997). "Mid-Canada Line". A History of the Air Defence of Canada 1948-1997. ISBN 0-9681973-0-2.
  4. ^ Stassinu Stantec Limited Partnership (7 May 2019). Phase III Environmental Site Assessment and Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment, Site 212, Border Beacon, NL (PDF) (Report). Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment.
  5. ^ Aird, Neil. "C-GUBD with Goose Bay Air Service". : The web site dedicated to the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver.