Practicing UXO Safety in Prince Edward County, Ontario

UXO can be found in the water, on land or on the shorelines, but there is an increased chance of encountering some at the following legacy sites:

  • Wellers Bay
  • Point Petre
  • Ostrander Point (South Bay)
  • Prince Edward Point

In 1938, the Department of National Defence (DND) bought land in Prince Edward County (PEC) from private owners. The land was used to train soldiers before deploying them overseas during WWII. Firing and bombing activities took place, with targets in the water and on land. Today, the military still conducts training exercises at the Trenton military base and along the shores of Prince Edward County. The unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO) encountered in PEC come from past as well as current military training operations, and can be found both on land and in water. UXO is the term for military explosives that were used but failed to function properly.

There are many records of UXO that have been found in the area, and there is still a possibility of discovering UXO in PEC. It is advised to respect the warning signs, but most importantly, if you see something that could be UXO, do not touch it! If UXO is disturbed, it could explode and cause serious injury or death. Leave the area and call 911.

The following are examples of unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO).


Two UXOs in the sand
Large UXO
  • Don’t touch it!
  • Remember the location and leave the area.
  • Call 911.
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