CO Bunkhouse

A Moment from Yesterday

December 23, 2015 | Viewpoints | Volume 20 Issue 1
Korey Dyck | Mennonite Heritage Centre

Second World War conscientious objectors (COs) were often sent to provincial parks for manual labour, as part of their alternative service assignments. This photo, taken between 1941-45, depicts Mennonite men getting dressed in their winter clothes around the warmth of a wood stove. Smoke from the stove, with laundry hanging from the rafters, can be seen in the background. Typical work assignments at CO camps included tree planting, cutting firewood and clearing brush near highways. This bunkhouse photo is from Montreal River, Ont.

For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database (MAID), see

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