Whitby, Ontario – Is there anyone cooler than Bond …that’s James Bond? Take the 401 Hwy east from Toronto for 30 minutes to Whitby, and you can find street signs relating to the James Bond character, such as Ian Fleming Cres.
During WWII there was a secret agent training camp here called ‘Camp X’. It was located right on the shore of Lake Ontario where it could be reached discreetly at night by water from the USA. One of the spy trainees was Bond author Ian Fleming, who went on to create the famous James Bond ‘007’ character using knowledge he acquired here. Fleming couldn’t be accommodated at the camp the whole time during his stay, so part of the time he stayed at a military residence in Toronto at 1107 Avenue Rd, across the street from Saint James Bond United Church. This may be where Fleming picked the name.
Whitby’s Camp X was also influential in the development of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); five future heads of the CIA were trained there. ‘Inside Camp X’ author Lynn Philip Hodgson leads occasional guided walks of the camp’s site.
The camp’s former location is marked by a small memorial in the 17-acre, waterfront Intrepid Park, on the Whitby/Oshawa border. From the 401 head south on Thickson Road to Wentworth Road. Go left (East) to Boundary Road, then right (south) about 600 ft. It’s at the top of hill on the right. You can also reach Whitby by Go Train. This area just east of Toronto comes under Durham Region, which ranges from from the city outskirts to rolling hills, farms and small towns. Visitors can enjoy golf, restaurants & dinner theatre in Whitby/Oshawa area.
In the News: In November 2010, the Toronto Star reported that artifacts related to Camp X, which were, once housed at a museum beside the local airport, have been sold to the Canadian War Museum.
Intrepid Park, Whitby Durham Regional Municipality Ontario