Ethan M.

Welland, Ontario

Niagara Catholic Regional Fair

Camp X

Camp X was a highly secretive international spy school opened in Whitby, Ontario on December 6, 1941.   Camp X was created between British and American forces to train an army of secret agents to conduct WWII espionage.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union had missiles directed towards Whitby, Ontario. Also, Camp X leader Sir William Stephenson was the real-life inspiration for the character of James Bond.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Camp X was bulldozed into Lake Ontario when it closed in 1969. The site is now a park named "Intrepid Park" after its founder, Sir William Stephenson. A monument was built in 1984 to honour the men and women of Camp X, which many consider to have greatly contributed to the liberation of France during WWII.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I enjoy many rights and freedoms that are often taken for granted today. During WWII many people around the world did not take these freedoms for granted. They believed in these freedoms so strongly that they put their lives on the line to preserve them.