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Coordinates: 43°34′56″N 81°31′25″W / 43.582176°N 81.523493°W / 43.582176; -81.523493 Vanastra, Ontario is located in the municipality of Huron East in Huron County, three kilometres south of Clinton, Ontario.

It is located on the property of CFB Clinton, a former Canadian Forces Base and prior to 1968, a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) station used for radar training.

The present name derives from a combination of the name of local real estate developer John Van Gastel and of the RCAF motto Per Ardua Ad Astra ("through adversity to the stars").

Van Gastel had purchased four decommissioned Canadian Forces bases, including CFB Clinton, CFS Armstrong, CFS Foymount and CFS Ramore. He held a contest to rename the CFB Clinton and the resulting winner of the name "Vanastra" received a free home.


The residential housing section of Vanastra is the former base housing for RCAF Station Clinton and is the location where Steven Truscott lived when the murder of Lynne Harper took place.[1][2]


Highway 4 runs through Vanastra.

Front Road Southeast, takes you to the southwestern area of Seaforth.

Vanastra is served by scheduled bus service to Owen Sound and London.[citation needed]


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