Site: PIN-Main




  • PIN-MAIN at CAPE PARRY Canada, is situated on Parry Peninsula about 2 miles northwest of the narrow isthmus connecting it to the mainland of Amundsen Gulf. This Main Radar Station is located on top of a hill at an altitude of about 250 feet above sea level. there are 2607 acres available for use by PIN-M. There is a military-manned Data Center, but no contractor sector headquarters group at this site.


  • Annual precipitation, including snowfall, is approximately 8 inches. Snowfall is about 49 inches a year. Absolute minimum and maximum temperatures are minus 47 and plus 74 degrees Fahrenheit respectively.


  • The round trip potable water haul in summer is 3.5 miles and in winter 6.5 miles.

Site Building Layout Diagram.


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Full size photos (below).

Local area map showing Murre bird sanctuary/Police Point.

Construction Era Photos for PIN-Main.
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.)