Cambridge Bay‘s longstanding LORAN radio tower have been used by many residents of Cambridge Bay as a landmark and navigational tool while out on the land since it was built (there is a beacon on top that blinks). The tower was original built in 1947-1948 near the previous location of Cambridge Bay and it is a 189 meter (620 feet) tall free-standing lattice tower and was originally built for LORAN transmission – long-range navigation system used to help ships and aircraft determine their position and later used to hold a non-directional beacon for aviation.
While in Cambridge Bay last week, I found out that the tower will be taken down later this month as it is now obsolete and structurally unsound. It will be replaced by a smaller version. People of Cambridge Bay are protesting as they would like to see the tower stay as it has been used by many as a beacon to come back home (we have actually used it as a marker when out on the land to guide us back home when we lived in Cambridge Bay). It is just one of those landmarks you are used to seeing around Cambridge Bay… and it will be missed! -Sophia