The Early Years – The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada came from humble beginnings, in the basements of its five founding members. Back in 1974, motivated by a shared desire to preserve Canada’s rich aviation heritage, the founding members retrieved a rare Bellanca Aircruiser, which lay wrecked and abandoned in the northwestern Ontario bush. But, other historically significant aircraft were still being sold as scrap, trucked out of the country, or left to rot around the country. The Western Canada Aviation Museum, as it was originally called, was incorporated to preserve these artifacts on January 7, 1974 with a Board of Directors, a formal newsletter (Aviation Review) and 200 members.


Four young child pose for the camera from the cockpit of a small plane

Highlights from our first Open Cockpit Day of 2024

Our first Open Cockpit Day of the year was a ton of fun! Visitors had access to our CL-84 Dynavert and our Mini 500 helicopter, recently donated to the museum by Derek Wrigley of Kleefeld, Manitoba. We were also lucky …

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Check out the winners of our photo contest!

We held our second photo contest last month and received a lot of amazing submissions. It was tough to choose the winners, so we’ve also awarded several Honourable Mentions. WINNER: Category 1 – A Tribute to the RCAF WINNER I: …

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