Take flight at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste Marie

location_onSault Ste. Marie, Ontario
The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre is located in the historic former Ontario Provincial Air Service hangar at the edge of the St. Marys River in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. http://www.bushplane.com

The lobby and gift shop

Dr Roberta Bondar, the first Canadian woman in space is a local treasure, honored throughout The Soo.
Dr. Roberta Bondar was on an eight day mission aboard the Discovery shuttle which returned to Earth on January 30, 1992.
The Bushplane Museum commemorates the pilots and engineers who pioneered the Northern skies, and the specialized aircraft they flew.
Beginning in 1924, the Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS) is the largest and most efficient aerial fire-fighting organization in the world.

Noorduyn Aviation Ltd "Norseman"

Sectional Canoe designed by Jack Hyde.

A canoe made it easier to beach and moore the planes but it was difficult to attach one. Jack Hyde designed a canoe that could be split apart so that each piece could be lashed to the plane without affecting flight performance.

De Havilland Canada "DHC-2 Beaver"

1940s Firefighter Bush Camp showing tools and equipment

Liberty 12 Engine

De Havilland Canada "DHC-3 Otter"

The MacGregor MG-65 was an experimental plane built in 1960 to an original design by Wilmer MacGregor.

Fairchild "F-11 Husky"

Various ski designs

The Children's Flight Center portion of the museum offers a variety of interactive exhibits.

Kids will love the arcade style flight simulators and hands-on activities.

A series of simulated flights tours available in a mock bushplane

Be sure to catch the 20 minute 3D movie captured from a Bushplane fighting a forest fire. Informative and really interesting. Young kids may find the effects too intense and scary.

Fire fighter and gear

Replica F.VIIB-3M "Fokker Trimotor"

Bell 47D-1 Helicopter

Cockpit of the Bell 47D-1 helicopter

The massive Canadair CL-215

The CL-215 is one of several planes you can go inside

Inside the giant CL-215. Each tank holds 2,722 litres of water

Peaking in the cockpit of De Havilland Canada "DH89 Dragon Rapide"

Stinson Reliant SR-9

Republic Aviation RC-3 Seabee

The de Havilland DH-83 and DH-83C Fox Moth

In addition to the planes are display, there are also cars, equipment, and other related items.

A replica of a 1955 Ontario Department of Lands and Forests radio station

A replica fire lookout now watches over the movie theatre where different films play throughout the day

Inside the replica fire lookout. Press the buttons to hear simulated communications.

View of the museum from inside the fire lookout

Northern Nature Trading has an Outpost at the museum with rocks that glow and opportunities for kids to interact with things.
Grab a floor plan on your way in if you want a shortcut for finding and identifying the planes and exhibits. All the displays are labelled well though so you don't really need it.

Swing by the gift shop on your way out for shirts, hats, toys, books, and mugs.

View of the Bushplane Museum from St Marys River