Addition of Barbed Wire
Soon after, about 400 German prisoners of war from the recently closed Fort Henry internment station were added, as were prisoners from Banff.
Since these prisoners were considered more dangerous, barbed wire fences were put up around the camp and more stringent rules were adopted. The camp's population continued to climb, numbering some 1,200 prisoners, most of them German prisoners of war, mostly sailors and merchant seamen, captured on German ships in the Caribbean.
Even after the end of World War I in 1918, the internment camp at Kapuskasing continued to house prisoners of war and political radicals, including the leaders of the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. In the summer In that year, it was decided to transport the internees from all the camps in Europe, but the process was terribly slow due to the lack of steamships. At the time, only three functional camps remained, including Kapuskasing, which was the last to close on February 24, 1920.
The camp buildings were sold by auction and subsequently demolished. A small cemetery containing the graves of 32 prisoners, located opposite the town's public cemetery, is the only physical evocation of the Kapuskasing internment camp.