2022: A Year in Review at Base31

The team at Base31 is taking time to thank you for a history-breaking first year at Base31.Over the past year, so many incredible moments, happenings and learnings have happened at Base31.  We have had four seasons of concerts, renovations, connection, art, and most of all a growing community of people who care about what we’re…

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Base31 Construction Updates

Base31 is working diligently to revitalize over 70 acres of land and the 46 buildings that are on the site.As part of this important work, Base31 engaged a structural engineer who determined that Building 8 cannot be saved. Demolition of Building 8 will begin in December. Base31 will be salvaging materials from the building where…

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Observing Remembrance Day 2022 in Prince Edward County

This Remembrance Day, we remember the generations of brave Canadians who have put their lives on the line in the cause of peace and freedom.Base31 will pay tribute to those who served by sharing stories of personal connection to our site, a former World War II air training base known as the No. 31 Bombing…

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Picton Library Grand Finale fundraising celebration

Get …”In the Mood”, put on your dance shoes, learn the Lindy Hop, practice your up-do, get ready to smile for the camera in front of a 1940’s Cadillac, and put yourself in the setting of the Sergeants Mess Hall at Base31. Join us in celebrating the Grand Finale of the Picton Library Expansion.

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Truth and Reconciliation | Base31

Across Canada, people come together September 30 to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.This day is meant to honour survivors of the Canadian residential school system, and to mourn the loss of Indigenous children who never returned home and the survivors who did come home. In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, Base31…

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Keeping Their Words Alive

Youngblood Maracle, David R. Maracle and eaoh Argos perform at Digging Roots: a benefit concert for the Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na Mohawk Language and Cultural Centre held at Base31 Saturday. The centre was established in 2000 by a group of community members concerned with the revitalization of the Mohawk language in Tyendinaga.

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Base31 Installation of Archival Family Photographs

The CallBase31 has been collecting archival photographs and stories from the community, who have a connection to the site. We put out this call in June, and continue to ask for more.  More stories, more faces, more people, more community. Do you have a photo of a relative who was stationed at Base31? We would…

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When The Night…Feels My Song

Lead singer Jay Malinowski of the Canadian reggae ska band Bedouin Soundclash gets into one of the group’s hit songs at Base31 Saturday evening. The trio of Malinowski, bassist Eon Sinclair and drummer Chuck Treece performed for a few hundred fans.

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Reggae rock

Juno award winners perform at Base31 Eon Sinclair plays bass during the Bedouin Soundclash concert at Base31 on Saturday night. This was the band’s final appearance on their 2022 tour and they kept the audience dancing with a high-energy set featuring songs dating back to 2004. Their latest album drops in October.

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Base31 looks to support Indigenous community

Things have been stirring at the site of the former World War II airbase in Prince Edward County. The languishing green-shingled buildings that housed only dust, cobwebs and memories of a former era have been transformed into a platform for creative collaboration through an evolving fusion of art, ecology, heritage, industry and innovation.

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Creative Placemaking at Base31

Creative Placemaking is the practice of engaging arts and culture to catalyze the transformation of places.It involves processes and strategies to re-imagine places, change their look and feel, inject new energy, create new narratives and in the process create new experiences. Creative placemaking done well is respectful of the past while engaging creative minds and…

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Accessibility On Site | Base31

At Base31, we take accessibility seriouslyWe want the community and visitors who journey to our site to feel safe and seen. As Base31 embarks on years of revitalization, it is paramount that it prioritizes accessibility. Here are a list of things we have implemented on site, to ensure Base31 is compliant with the Accessibility for…

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SLOAN Rocks The Drill Hall at Base31

What You Need to KnowSLOAN is coming to Base31 on Saturday, August 27 to play The Drill Hall.Concert DetailsJoin Base31 for a night of live music – the third concert to take place at Base31. The Drill Hall is located at the south end of the property.  Doors Open – 6:30 p.m. Featured Opener: Enrights…

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Contentment

Laurence Vallières and Krista Dalby mimic the pose of the giant cardboard birds sculpture now on display adjacent to Melt Studio and Gallery at Base31.

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‘Contentment’ – a cardboard public art sculpture installed at Base31

A 14-foot tall sculptural artwork is now at Base31 in Picton, Prince Edward CountyThis public art sculpture was unveiled Saturday, July 30th beside Melt Gallery at Base31. Renowned Montreal artist Laurence Vallières and local artist Krista Dalby from the Department of Illumination created this piece from the cardboard collected from the community and both said…

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What’s Open on Site | Base31

Your guide to what’s operating and open to the public at Base31Base31 – previously known as Loch Sloy Business Park and Camp Picton – inherited a number of existing business on site. Some of those businesses and tenants use the site for storage, others are open for business and open to the public. Base31 is…

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Buster Brown

Often through the generations there are names that come up in conversation, names of past family members that have a certain panache that accompanies their story, a bit of ‘out there’ that conjures the imagination. My recent recall of that story is related to my visit to a drill hall at what is now called…

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Historical Walking Tours of the Site | Base31

What You Should KnowEverything you need to know about Base31 Historical Walking Tours. Delve into the history and stories of Base31 with resident expert Jacqui Burley, the former Property Manager of the site when it was known as Loch Sloy. With over 22 years of experience in managing the day-to-day business and hosting events onsite,…

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Party at Base31

Creative placemaking through arts and culture When Base 31 opened its doors to the public on Saturday, more than 800 people showed up and they partied like it was 1945.

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Natures Aviators art installation and unveiling 

The unveiling plus a look at the first archival community photo selected to be installed on a Base31 building It’s official – Base31 has installed the seven pieces of art that were chosen to explore the theme of Natures Aviators.  Photo Credit: Ophelia Spinosa Base31 commissioned a series of artworks that meaningfully explore the theme…

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Base31 Community Open House July 9th 2022

What To DoEverything you need to know about our Community Open House. Base31 is excited to welcome Prince Edward County to our Community Open House on Saturday, July 9 from 12pm to 6pm! Come explore the site, participate in one of our many free activities offered by local artists, enjoy some awesome food, take a…

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Aviators Garden Announcement

The structural art pieces will be featured in the Aviators Garden pictured above. Photo credit: ZMIIMAGERY The Call After a highly competitive round of applications, the finalists have been chosen. We are deeply grateful for the tremendous effort and the unique perspectives each participating artist contributed through their application. We know it takes many hours…

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Base31 needs your cardboard!

Contribute to a large scale public art sculpture being installed this summerIn early May of this year we issued a call out for artists to submit their visions for sculptures in our soon to be completed ‘Aviators Garden’ – a public art garden for anyone and everyone to enjoy. The idea is you visit Base31…

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Call for images and stories from Base31

Everyone has a story.Base31 has a rich and glorious history in both Prince Edward County and with people around the world.Base31Base31 was built in 1940 as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. This place helped train aircrews from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand during World War II. We’ve outlined some…

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Historical Walking Tours of Picton

When was the last time you took the time to explore the place you live in?Or to visit a new place and go deep into that new place? Learn about its facts and figures, quirks and quarks. Hear about tales and take in simple breathtaking moments. A historical walking tour is like bathing in the…

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Natures Aviators ~ Public Art + Placemaking

The call  Over the past century, Base31 played an important role in the nation’s aviation history, first as an air training base, and in the decades since as a hub for local flying clubs and aviation lovers.  Yet Prince Edward County is home to over 300 bird species and reminds us that aviation is not…

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PEC Community Partners revitalization project

The Loch Sloy Business Park now has a new name and the potential for a bright future.

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Loch Sloy Business Park, Airport renamed Base31

Base31 is the new name for the site formerly known as Loch Sloy Business Park and Airport.

PEC Community Partners Inc, announced Friday that inspiration for the new name came from the nearly 700-acre site’s former function as the Royal Airforce’s No.31 Bombing and Gunnery School.

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Picton Gazette

What is old will soon be new again, at least at the site of the former Camp Picton. After sitting mostly derelict for several decades, the former air base changed hands in December 2021. Plans are already underway to transform the space, beginning with the 70 acre chunk of land that boasts multiple heritage buildings.

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In Quinte

Plans to revitalize Loch-Sloy in Picton could be a boon for local the business community while building on the property’s remarkable legacy.

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Quinte News

The group working to revitalize Loch Sloy, or Camp Picton, says they are still in the discovery phase of working towards building something they believe will be truly extraordinary.

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Toronto Star

A 700-acre property in Prince Edward County formerly home to a Second World War airbase has officially been sold to a group that has vowed to “honour the heritage” of the Camp Picton site.

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County Live

PEC Community Partners Inc. – a group of community builders based mainly in Toronto and area announced today it has finalized the purchase of Loch-Sloy Business Park and Picton Airport lands. The property was last listed with a Toronto real estate firm asking $14.9 million.

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Quinte News

The sale of the former Camp Picton has been finalized.

The former WWII airbase, a 700-acre property which includes the former Loch-Sloy Business Park and Picton Airport Lands has been sold to Ontario-based PEC Community Partners Inc.

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In Quinte

A historic property in Prince Edward County has been sold.

InQuinte News has learned the Loch-Sloy Business Park, formerly Camp Picton, a WWII airbase at 343 County Road 22, was sold last week.

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Toronto Star

Tucked away in Picton, Prince Edward County’s largest community more than two hours east of Toronto, sits nearly 700 acres of history — history that can be bought for the price of nearly $15 million.

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