I was hearing the muffled booms of the big guns last weekend, obviously from a training event up on the army base. It just sounds like rolling thunder in the distance, but it can go on for several hours. I thought you might be interested in a bit of the history of our local 'tank range'.
It was 1941 and WWII was well underway. German tanks had overrun much of France and the Allies realized they needed more tanks and more tank training. They started looking for a site where they could establish a training base. A quiet survey was done in the north half of St. Vincent Township and a decision was made. One advantage of this site was the chance to have live firing exercises with the big guns aimed at the waters of Georgian Bay. Residents received notice that their properties would be expropriated in early 1942.
Over 150 farms, 2 old one-room schools and 2 churches have vanished. Replacing them is a cluster of dormitories, offices and other facilities that shows up as the white patch at the lower edge of this area on the air photo above, the the entry point for the base.