At the turn of the 20th century much of Canada was still a vast and unexplored frontier. Flying under primitive conditions over impenetrable terrain, early bush pilots revealed the wealth of the undeveloped North. Fur-clad and courageous, pilot and plane often disappeared for days on end with little – if any – radio communication and when their compasses were rendered unreliable by magnetic influences.
While today’s bush planes conjure up images of a luxuriously lazy Saturday morning with a coffee on a pier, early bush planes had no such allure. The workhorses of history, our bush planes are presented in a special “Bush Gallery.” These aircraft are rare and historically significant – and were flown hard. Some were retrieved from the bottoms of lakes or the sides of mountains and have been painstakingly restored to showroom condition. Others are on display in their retirement splendour – dented, patched and pranged, souvenirs of a career in Canada’s relentless terrain.
Join us as we pay tribute to the bush planes that made history, as well as the men and women who flew them. Tours are free with admission. Tours are always free for members. Tours are held at 2:00 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.