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Chapter 18: Transport and Communications: Past and Present

18.49: Location of the Airfield at Rivers

The airfield 1 at Rivers 2 located 2.5 miles (4.0 km) southwest of the town had a different function from those shown in figures 18.45 to 18.48. During World War II, it was one of several airfields across the prairies involved in the Commonwealth Air Training Program. At these fields flyers from the Commonwealth were trained for air service. The flat landscape and abundance of space made the prairies ideal for this function. After the war Rivers remained for several years an RCAF base before it was closed in the early 1960s.

The airfield has a skewed triangular shape much like those shown in figures 18.45 to 18.48 except that two runways, east/west 3 and northwest/southeast 4 are considerably longer at 1.1 miles (1.8 km). Terminal buildings are located to the northeast 5, and beyond them are small buildings 6 that used to house military personnel.

Note also

1)  CN line 7 that passes through Rivers;

2)  East/west PTH 25 8;

3)  North/south PR 250 9 with a curved route 10 down the north side of the Assiniboine Spillway;

4)  Dam across the Little Saskatchewan River 11 that produces Lake Wahtopanah 12; and

5)  Unusually small fields 13 with north/south shelterbelts south 14 and west 15 of the airfield.

Figure 18.49: Location of the Airfield at Rivers

Figure 18.49: Location of the Airfield at Rivers

Figure 18.49

Vertical air photograph: A21666-16

Flight height: 23,170 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 3.5 inches

Scale: 1:79,200 (approx.)

Date: July 21, 1970

Location: Township 11 and 12; Ranges 20 and 21WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62K Riding Mountain

                    1:50,000 62K/1 Rivers