Welcome to the Canadian Museum of Flight

 Hours at The Canadian Museum of Flight

We are open by pre-booked time slots.
Phone 604-532-0035 to book your visit.
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May 23, Victoria Day

The Museum was open on Monday - Victoria Day. With the sunny skies and warm temperatures it was the perfect opportunity for visitors to come to the Museum and view the extensive range of exhibits.
They could see the flying creatures on display - the Moth and the Finch...
de Havilland Tiger Moth.
 
Fleet 16 Finch.
 

During 2022, Canada will be marking Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

On Friday, July 1, Canada Day, the Canadian Museum of Flight will host our community to a family-oriented commemoration of the 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II has reigned as Queen of Canada. The event will have the primary objective of provide all families in our community with the opportunity to have an enjoyable and educational day out, regardless of means, through free admission and free activities. The QE II Commemorative Day will feature appropriate and tastefully themed crafts and participation activities for children.
 
 Our intent will be to educate our younger guests on the symbols and history of the Crown in Canada through fun and play, and to provide our older guests an opportunity, on a resonant day, to reflect on some of those symbols.
 
The Museum will unveil a new display, connecting the Crown to aviation in Canada to the way Queen Elizabeth has connected with Canadians. The display will incorporate original research on each of Queen Elizabeth's visits to Canada, with a Western and Northern Canada focus, identifying the specific use of aircraft to complete each tour.   As we are an aviation museum, we expect this theme will resonate with our members, volunteers, and visitors. It explores some very interesting benefits from aviation as Queen Elizabeth travels and extrapolates those benefits to the evolving role of aviation in our society as a whole.
 
The Museum has in its collection relevant artifacts, photographs, and art. For example, we hold in our collection several historic flags, which we will display prominently on that day.
 

Annual General Meeting

 The Museum AGM was held in-person at the Museum on April 9. The quorum requirements were met with about 40 people present.
Treasurer, Al French presented the Financial Report. This was accepted by the Membership.
Bruce Friesen, Museum President reported on the progress made at the Museum in the last 12 months.
Director, Mike Sattler reported on future planning for the Museum.
Present Directors, Mike Sattler, Bruce Scott and Al French were re-elected to the Board. In addition, two new Directors were added to the Board – Joel Braun and Gwyn Symmons. Joel’s resume includes flying large airline aircraft and commercial construction, while Gwyn has extensive experience in urban planning and project management. They will both be valuable additions to the Board as the Museum moves forward to a new facility.
 

Time to visit

Now that spring is under way, why not plan an outing to the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley?
Here's what one group of pre-schoolers saw recently. They were excited at the impromptu airshow by a heavy-lift Bell 205 that hovered in front of them.
An airshow for pre-schoolers.
 

Spring time

This is the time when birds are nesting. Where, apart from trees and hedges? Aircraft parked outside are a prime target and keep our volunteers on their toes with inspections...
 
A bird's nest in one of the display engines.
 

Here is the antidote to bird's nests in the engine compartment.
Many thanks to Happy Ho's Upholstery Ltd. in Langley for urgent repairs to the cover.
 

Tour Guides/Docents

 

Robert Gillcash has stuck up his hand to be our lead tour guide/docent for our general public tours.  Thank you, Robert!

 

Robert says:  “I have taken on the role of Lead Tour Guide and the first step I am doing is recruiting a lot of tour guides.  Giving tours is a lot of fun, I really enjoy meeting our guests, talking to them, and even helping them learn a lot about our airplanes and how they work.

 

If you are even slightly interested in doing this, please contact either myself or Bruce Friesen, at the museum.

 

In addition to recruiting volunteers, I will also be arranging instructions, so you'll know what to say and show along the route.  Finally, I'll be arranging schedules for the Tour Guides, so that we have a good amount of guides available on weekends and for private tours.  Please give some serious thought to helping our wonderful little museum grow to its fullest potential.”

 

Please do! 

 
Family Day 2022.
The Family Day weekend at the museum was a great success. Total visitors over the two days approached 550, which is by far our best accommodation of guests for the past two years, and a very welcome indication we can be of value to our community. There certainly were lots of smiles on leaving!
 
The Museum's SE5 sits outside in the chill sunshine awaiting admirers...
 
...while the Harvard wistfully scans the sky and the mountains.

 

Remembering Rose Zalesky

With profound sadness, the Directors and Members of the Canadian Museum of Flight Association note the passing of Rose Zalesky.
Rose holds a special place in our hearts as her character and commitment were fundamental to the success of our venture. In the 1970s, Rose, along with her late husband Ed Zalesky and three others, had the vision to protect and preserve our aviation heritage. And the organizational skills to collect and document most of what we now so proudly present to the public.
 
 
Rose invested many thousands of hours in the administration and management of our collections and of our organization. The evidence of her huge contribution of time, energy and skill resides in our corporate records. In our archives is an immense body of correspondence between Rose and donors, buyers, sellers and CMFT (as it was then) members. Each communication was personal, personable, positive, constructive and professional.
At this time of reflection, each of us is keenly aware that we are standing on the broad and strong foundation to which Rose contributed so much, as we strive to do our bit towards Rose’s passion: “Bringing British Columbia’s aviation past into the future.”
 

Press

Don't forget to have a look at the Press section for the latest news from around the hangar;
 

Restoration News

Check out the steps that are being taken to restore a J3 Cub back to flying condition.
The process is under way at the Museum to restore this rudder to flying condition.
 
See more in the Restoration section of the website;
 

Donations of old photographs

The Museum welcomes the donation of artifacts of significance to the history of aviation in BC. On the list are photographs that document this history.
Visitors come by the office and drop off a box of books, photos, logbooks, tools etc. Some of the photos (prints and color slides) are of old aircraft that most people cannot identify. So the detective work starts. What is the aircraft, who owned it, what is the location?
Unfortunately, sometimes the person leaves before contact information is gathered and we have no way of tracing the story behind the photos. 
For details see our Press section;
 

The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP)

During World War 2, Canada was a major contributor in training aircrew for the battles around the world. The plan was known as the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). This year, 2020, is the 80th anniversary of the Plan being put into action.
To remember and honour this massive war effort, the Canadian Museum of Flight has a special display in the hangar. Come and visit the Museum.
One of the aircraft used to train fighter pilots was the Hawker Hurricane, shown in this RCAF photo;
 
See more in our Aviation History section;
 
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