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In the Steps of the Bomb Girls: Ajax & the DIL Munitions Plant

By Stephen White, Paul Hébert, Volunteers, Town of Ajax Heritage Advisory Committee


Saturday, May 7



Language: English 

Area: Ajax

Theme: Arts & Architecture, History & Culture

Accessibility: Family-friendly, Pet-friendly


Participants are encouraged to wear masks when physical distancing is not possible.


The Bomb Girls Are Back!

Join us for our popular Walk through Ajax history, led by volunteer members of the Heritage Advisory Committee. Defence Industries Limited (DIL) was a giant munitions plant that operated in the heart of what is now Ajax through WWII, from 1941 to 1945. It employed more than 9,000 staff and produced over 40 million shells, making it at one time the largest munitions plant in the British Empire.


Discover the history of Ajax by visiting the sites of DIL buildings, both vanished and those still standing, and learn about the lives of the Bomb Girls, who came from across Canada to live and work in this town-that-was-also-a-plant! 

  • Walk Start Location: Heritage Square, Ajax Town Hall, 65 Harwood Ave South, Ajax, ON

  • Nearest Public Transit: northbound/southbound bus stop on Harwood at Town Hall

  • Walk End Location: Ajax Town Hall, 65 Harwood Ave. South

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