The owner of a major off-grid underground bunker is fighting the government for the right to keep the shelter open.
“Ark Two” was built by Bruce Beach in Horning Mills, Canada, 35 years ago, with a total of 42 school buses buried under 14 feet of dirt and two feet of concrete in Dufferin County, approximately 60 miles northwest of Toronto.
Ark Two is regarded as the largest privately constructed nuclear fallout shelter in the world and encompasses 10,000 square feet. It is designed, Beach said, to help humanity survive a nuclear world war.
After living harmoniously in the county for almost four decades, Canadian officials only in recent years decided that the underground bunker community creates a hazard and began raiding it, checking for safety problems. Dufferin officials, in fact, want the survivalist community welded shut and closed permanently. A July preparedness summit was expected to attract hundreds of self-reliant people from across North America who would visit it.
The Bruce Beach underground bunker community can hold 500 people. The buried buses reportedly involve a labyrinth of tunnels which are home to quirky beach décor and everything a person would need to live through a nuclear disaster. The buses also boast long-term storage food, a massive soup pot to prepare food for inhabitants, generators for power, and pumps from which to garner fresh well water.
“When you hear about this concept of 42 school buses underground, to fathom it is nothing compared to going in and actually seeing it. It’s crazy in there,” survival summit organizer Che Bodhi told the media. “When you go inside the bunker for the first time, it is a different planet, it’s like you’re on Mars.”
“I’ll take whatever it takes to knock the weld back off,” Beach said, noting his desire to fight the government and keep the underground bunker community open. The creator added that he does not care if removing the weld in front of authorities causes him to get arrested.
The Shelburne Fire Board maintains that the area has caused “public safety concerns.”
“There have been three major raids with 40 or more people,” Beach said.
Beach argues that he made all of the required changes to his underground bunker and is adamant that the structure is sound. The creator of the Canadian survival retreat also said the bunker was designed “under the direction” of a licensed structural engineer who also designed Toronto’s subway tunnels.
The Ark Two website reads:
The Ark Two SAFE (Safe America For Everyone) Community is the largest pluralistic survival community in North America without any political, religious, or cultural bias. Its purpose is to ameliorate the catastrophe of a nuclear war or other world-wide cataclysmic catastrophe and to help restore civilization. Inquiries from all are invited. Anyone is welcome to join the Ark Two Refuge Facility (located in Ontario, Canada) – so long as they do so before the catastrophe occurs. We tell everyone exactly where the shelter is. Everyone who is local already knows about it and anyone who is not prepared to come to it wouldn’t make it here anyway – with the suddenness of the catastrophe that we expect. The shelter is located in a small village at the end of a cul-de-sac, surrounded by a high fence and a cliff. It is strongly fortified.
Beach told the media, “The idea is we bring in great supplies of food to then distribute. The phrase we use to describe it is an underground orphanage. The purpose is for us to survive a nuclear war. The facility itself serves as a center for reconstruction for this area.”
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