Camp X, a top-secret Second World War spy-training and radio communications site operated by British Security Coordination. Here, scores of men and women came through its gates to learn the art of silent murder and other tricks of war. Its architect was none other than Sir William Stephenson, the Winnipeg-born industrialist perhaps better known as the Man Called Intrepid.
An estimated estimates that up to 2,000 men and women graduated from the Ontario spy school
One of the unique features of Camp X was Hydra, a highly sophisticated telecommunications centre. Given the name by the Camp X operators, Hydra was invaluable for both coding and decoding information in relative safety from the prying ears of German radio observers. The camp was an excellent location for the safe transfer of code due to the topography of the land; Lake Ontario made it an excellent site for picking up radio signals from the UK. Hydra also had direct access via land lines to Ottawa, New York and Washington, D.C. for telegraph and telephone communications.
Durovecz, Andrew. My Secret Mission. Toronto: Lugus Publications, 1996
Hodgson, Lynn Philip. Inside Camp-X. Port Perry: Blake Books Distribution, 1999, 2002
Robert Stuart Aeronautical Collection and Camp-X Exhibit.
Oshawa Airport South Field,
1000 Stevenson Rd. N., Oshawa, ON. L1J 5P5