July 01 – July 30
Canada has been at the forefront of aviation innovation for approximately 100 years. Early bush pilots of the 1920s and 1930s pioneered the frigid Canadian frontier in planes made of wood and cloth and challenged the world to re-imagine the limits of flight. This innovative spirit continued into the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s when manufacturers such as Canadair, Bristol Aerospace and Avro Canada made headlines. Canadian designers and engineers built some of the world’s first helicopters, tilt-wing aircraft and even a prototype flying car. Join us in July to explore some of the most extraordinary aircraft ever to fly Canadian skies. Tours are free with admission. Tours are always free for our members. Tours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm.
July 28 – August 13
Join us at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada as we salute the Canada Summer Games with our very own Paper Plane Games!
All day, everyday from Friday, July 28 to Monday, August 13, 2017!
Fold it, tweak it and test the aerodynamics before releasing your plane for a place in our record books!
August 01 – August 31
At the turn of the 20th century, much of Canada was still a vast and unexplored frontier. Flying under primitive conditions over impenetrable terrain, bush pilots revealed the wealth of the undeveloped North to populations in larger Canadian cities. 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.
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, Saturdays and Sundays.
We’re open for the August Civic Holiday… Why not plan a fun family outing to the museum or take a leisurely walk around the hangar?
Remember, the kids can play in Skyways while the adults enjoy the views from our flight deck! Don’t miss out on our Paper Plane Games!
August long weekend hours:
is the main fundraising event for the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. The evening features dinner, dancing, and a Silent Auction held under the wings of our historic aircraft. The museum is a charitable, non-profit organization that earns or raises 90 per cent of its own revenue. All of the proceeds from this major annual fundraiser help support our award-winning museum.
Mark the date for a celebration of air travel in the 1950s…
Join us for an extraordinary trip back in time – amazing food, along with music that rocked the decade!
For more information:
Diana.Ginter@RoyalAviationMuseum.com or 204-786-0736.