The Western Canada Aviation Museum offers a unique mix of history and science. Enter through ‘Gate 1’ – the original Trans Canada Airlines (now Air Canada) passenger terminal – step back in time and let the pioneer aviators of the north take you on an inspirational journey through time!
Your visit will be filled with tales from the sky, great ideas (and not so great ideas) in flight, and a true appreciation for the adventuring spirit.
The original aircraft hangar, including several one-of-a-kind aircraft, such as Canada’s first helicopter, the CL-84 Tilt-wing, our ‘flying saucer’ Avrocar, and of course, historic military jets, bushplanes and commercial aircraft.
The comprehensive aviation reference library housed at the Museum is one of the largest in the country, with holdings of books, magazines, technical manuals and drawings – as well as some 40,000 photographs, films and audiotapes, many of which cannot be found anywhere else.
One of our most treasured items is a rare, five-minute film of Amelia Earhart embarking on her solo, trans-Atlantic flight from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, on May 21, 1932.
LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES
Our library is open to the public on an appointment basis and photos, films and audiotapes are loaned or copied on request. It is a valuable resource for researchers, writers, historians and filmmakers – locally, nationally and internationally.
If you have an item you would like to donate to our collection, please first contact us about your donation. You can email or call 204-786-5503.
RECOVERY AND RESTORATION
The Museum has an active Restoration Department and has returned many bent and twisted aircraft to full display condition.
Our dedicated team of volunteers completed our full-scale replica of a Vickers Vedette Mark V (CF-MAG) aircraft in May 2002.
Current projects include the restoration of the Bellanca Aircruiser, the Fairchild Super 71, the Waco and the Harvard.
The Museum has also championed the recovery of several aircraft, including the notorious ‘Ghost of Charron Lake’ – a Fokker Standard Universal that has taken more than 30 years to locate. The Ghost has taken its first breath of fresh air in over 75 years and has arrived at the Museum.