Canadian Forces Station, CFS Dana (aka Sage Hill) was a military station in Saskatchewan. It opened in 1962 as part of the Pinetree Line of NORAD radar stations. The station was disbanded in 1987.
The station consisted of 3 radar towers, support facilities including a school, chapel, bowling alley, outdoor pool, gym, water treatment plant, power plant, barracks and trailers. The power plant was powered by natural gas and generated steam heat for some buildings on the base.
It was disbanded in 1987 and put up for sale the following year. Like other bases, it was offered to the province, rural municipality and federal for interest. No one wanted it. The trailers were rented out for a while but they were eventually moved off base. A couple small businesses and the community used some the buildings and facilities for a few years.
Sometime in the mid 1990's the base was sold to a farmer and was converted into a Buffalo Ranch. The farmer had no interest in saving the buildings and was annoyed by people asking to see the base. We have seen one person online who got to see it in 1998 and 1999 (http://www.c-and-e-museum.org/Pinetreeline/photos/p13-99.html).
We knew about the base, it's history, its status and we knew it would be impossible to see it (or so we thought). One afternoon in 2008, we drove by the base and the gate was open. Make note, that the gate was always locked on every other driveby. This was the first time we had ever seen the gate open and took the chance - we drove in. Rolling down the long driveway to the house (former school) we knocked on the door and were greeted by a woman. We asked to see the base and she agreed. Our exploration took hours and we left as it became dark. We found out after, her husband passed away a few weeks earlier. He was the farmer that would not allow anyone on. As far as we know today, no one has been able to see the site since.
During our visit in 2008 we were able to see most of the buildings and walk out to the radar tower. The buildings were in rough shape then so we can only imagine what they look like today. Since 2008 we have never shared the photo's with anyone. We wanted to protect the site so we kept them to ourselves. It's been over 12 years and from what we understand, no one is able to see it since us and the condition of the buildings has likely become very worse than when saw it. That is why we decided to share. So here is our journey through CFS Dana in 2008......
Watch our video slideshow of our exploration: https://youtu.be/d_fP7evUOZE