Site: FOX-1




  • FOX-1 on ROWLEY ISLAND, Canada, is situated on a flat plateau on the summit of the island at an altitude of 180 feet above sea level. this Auxiliary Radar Station occupies 3821 acres. The naturally poor drainage of the island is indicated by the numerous shallow, irregularly shaped lakes. The low shore generally slopes into broad tidal flats along most coastal sections.


  • Annual precipitation, including snowfall, is approximately 7 inches, being heaviest in July and August and least in February. Snowfall is greatest in October and November and averages about 38 inches a year. Absolute minimum and maximum temperatures are minus 48 and plus 65 degrees Fahrenheit respectively


  • A round trip potable water haul of 4 miles is maintained summer and winter.


Satellite Image – High level.

Satellite Image – Close-up.

Site Plaque, courtesy Jim Hartwell.

Launching houseboat made of oil drums. Courtesy John Higenbottam.

Construction Era Photos for FOX-1.
The pictures below were selected from the extensive collection of Markham Cheever, the DEWLine’s Superintendent of Construction from 1953 to 1957, before the Line went operational. (Click on picture to enlarge.)

The People.
The people in the photos below, also from the Markham Cheever collection, are displayed in the hopes that someone may recognize a father, grandfather, or friend who was involved in the construction of this particular DEWLine site. (Click on picture to enlarge.)