We are on the journey to transformation,
and we need your help to continue our mission.
AN AVIATION ADVENTURE
The new Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada will not be the same museum that we closed in October 2018.
Our mission is to preserve and promote stories of aviation in western and northern Canada while inspiring, educating, and entertaining.
Our bold vision began to become a reality when the shovels broke ground on May 1, 2020.
In our new 86,000 square foot majestic home, the Royal Aviation Museum showcases the past, present, and future of Canadian bush flying, aviation, and aerospace in distinct thematic spaces.
The main exhibit floor features the “Richardson Gallery of Flight,” within which are exciting exhibits that follow our collection through history.
The second floor has an interactive science of flight exhibit, a unique airport observation area to watch planes taking off and landing, plus two classrooms and a banquet room.
The design and innovations planned for the new, world-class Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada will ensure that visitors will leave inspired, educated, and entertained with the rich history of Canadian aviation.
A wide range of powerful sponsorship opportunities is still available for many of our exhibits and artefacts.
WHAT WE STAND FOR
We will safely and ethically achieve the highest standards in museum operations and visitor experience
We will reflect the diversity of our community in the stories we tell, the experience we offer, and the leadership of this great museum
We will be responsible to our customers, members, founders, donors, funders, partners, employees, and volunteers in all decisions and actions
We strive to ensure we are accurate, transparent, and complete in the collections and stories and how we reflect them
We will protect our future through stewardship of our public trust, financial strength, and environmental responsibility
The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada seeks to honour and commemorate the history of Indigenous Peoples and aviation in Western Canada while engaging with the complex history of travel, trade, and relationships in this place. We are committed to facilitating a safe space for reconciliation to occur.
The new home of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is located on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional territory of Anishnaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.
We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.
Dr. D.S. Reimer
Exchange Income Corporation
The North West Company
The Tallman Family
George and Tannis Richardson Fund
Jim McManes in honour of Frank McManes
The Paterson Foundation
The Winnipeg Foundation
Johnston Group Inc.
The Hastings Family
Valerie MacKenzie and Family
Andrew and Kaitlyn Somers
Anne and Joe MacDonald
B.A. Robinson Co. Ltd.
Blain and Barbara King
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Doug Harvey and Maxim Truck and Trailer
Fast Air Executive Aviation Service
Jim and Janice Tennant
Jim and Leney Richardson and Family
Northern Lights Petroleum Ltd.
Ross Robinson Family Foundation
Taillieu Construction Ltd.
Tannis and Francois Chabot
Taylor B. Somers
The Murphy Foundation
Western Canada Aviation Museum Foundation Inc.
Bank of Montreal
Bill Parrish Sr.
Estate of Stan Wagner
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Power Corporation of Canada
The Asper Foundation
Thomas Sill Foundation
Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba
Golden West Radio
Mauro Family Fund
Murray Auto Group
Paul and Wendy Kuzina
Price Family Foundation
Burns Foundation Fund
Cambrian Credit Union
Ernst Hansch Foundation
Harris Leadership Strategies
Kozminski Family Foundation
Murray Auto Group
Nick Logan and Christine Skene
Perimeter Aviation Education
Robert Scurfield and Associates
Ron and Sandi Mielitz
View West Foundation
Balcaen Family Trust
Bruce D. Emberley
Hubert and Bernice Kleysen
Ken and Barbara Webb
Sheldon and Penny Bowles
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, KG GCVO ADC(P)
Hartley T. Richardson, L.V.O., O.C., O.M.
Dr. Arthur V. Mauro, O.C., O.M., Q.C.
David T. Barnard, James W. Burns, O.C., O.M. (posthumous) Charles S. Coffey, O.C., Hon. Gary Filmon, P.C., O.C., O.M., Brian and Ruth Hastings, Duncan M. Jessiman, Edward Kennedy, Hubert T. Kleysen, Fred Mannix, O.C., Peter Mansbridge, O.C., Greg McDougall, Ramond McFeetors, Andrew Paterson, Dr. Donald S. Reimer, Calin Rovinescu, Bill Wehrle (posthumous), Maxwell W. Ward, O.C., A.O.E. (posthumous)
Dean Alfonso, Gary Bell, Barry Bembridge, Lynn Bishop, Don Boitson, Bruce Emberley, David Filmon, Helen Halliday, Andrew Hopkinson, David Johnston, Ron Jonkman, Kristin Long, James D. MacDonald, Barry Rempel, Terry Slobodian, Gary Timlick, Rennie Zegalski
Bruce D. Emberley | Chair
John Davidson | First Vice-Chair
Rennie Zegalski | Second Vice-Chair
Dan Donahue | Third Vice-Chair
Kacie Olbrecht | Treasurer
James Neirinck | Secretary
Major Geneviève Dussault
David T. O’Connor
OUR DONOR STORIES
Jim McManes in Honour of His Father, Frank McManes
Jim McManes sponsored the museum’s iconic Canadair CF-104 Starfighter military aircraft to honor his late father, Frank McManes’s legacy – a decorated Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) World War II pilot. Frank McManes began life as a farm kid in the Great Depression. His family’s farm was located at Alexander, Manitoba, 20 miles west of …READ MORE
Northern Lights Petroleum
Northern Lights Petroleum is an Indigenous-owned and operated fuel distribution and logistics company based in Manitoba that serves Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across Canada. Indigenous communities helped pilots navigate and build relationships throughout the North and provided leadership and significant contributions to developing the region’s aviation industry and resource development. Many bush pilots depended on …READ MORE
VISION BECOMING A REALITY
Construction is now complete.
FUELS OUR FUTURE
Generous donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and all levels of
Government have fuelled our museum’s spectacular transformation.
The fuel tank has almost reached its goal of $48 Million. Can you help us top it up?
Click the “Donate Today” button to find out how!
You will be transferred to the museum’s secure donation page, hosted by Canada Helps