May 02 – May 30
The myriad rivers of the north and the vast frozen plains of the south challenged early explorers and settlers of Manitoba. Bush planes—which first appeared in Manitoba skies in 1920—provided a gateway to the vast northern resources of our province and today form the backbone of the modern industry. The challenge of adapting the fair-weather bush planes of the 1920s and 1930s to our extreme climate launched many Manitobans to hero status, among them “Punch” Dickins and “Wop” May.
Manitoba inventors and engineers made countless breakthroughs, from cold-weather flying technology to Canada’s first helicopter, and advances in satellites and rocketry. Join us during the month of May to learn more about Manitoba’s flying heritage. Tours are free with admission. Tours are always free for members. Tours are held each week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm.
June 01 – June 29
For centuries, Canada’s major rivers have acted as highways for northern travellers. Canoes and dog teams were the most reliable transportation in the north until 1924, when a Canadian company called Vickers Canada designed the Vedette. From that point on, waterways became the landing strips for a new generation of pioneers and their bush planes – aircraft equipped with skis, floats or wheels – depending on the weather and terrain. To see the world’s only complete example of the amazing Vickers Vedette flying canoe and other historic planes of the golden age of bush flying, join us in June for a guided tour. Tours are free with admission. Tours are always free for members. Tours are held at 2:00 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.