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Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
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Bushplane Heritage Centre
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Established 1987
Location Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Type Aviation Museum

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (CBHC), located on the north bank of the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, is dedicated to preserving the history of bush flying and forest protection in Canada. It was founded in 1987 by a group of local volunteers to preserve the province's history in bush planes and aerial firefighting.

The CBHC has a 64,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) hangar containing more than thirty aircraft exhibits.


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USGS view of the complex.

The museum occupies a historically significant air base first established by the Ontario Provincial Air Service in 1924. The Centre's operating revenues are derived from sales from the gift shop, admission fees, and membership dues. The centre does not rely on operating support from the public funds, though corporate costs associated with artifacts and displays have been partially funded through corporate donations and tourist infrastructure programmes. Continued support ensures a strong future and on site development and expansion of the CBHC.

The centre also operates the Sault Ste. Marie Water Aerodrome (46°30′13″N 084°19′30″W / 46.50361°N 84.32500°W / 46.50361; -84.32500 (Sault Ste. Marie Water Aerodrome)).


The museum's focus is on floatplanes, bush planes, waterbombers, and forest fire fighting equipment along with other aviation and forestry-related artifacts.

Aircraft in the collection include:

  • Aeronca 11 Chief
  • Beech 18
  • Bell 47D
  • Buhl CA-6 Air Sedan
  • Canadair CL-215
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
  • de Havilland Canada Turbo Beaver MKIII
  • de Havilland Fox Moth
  • de Havilland Dragon Rapide
  • Fairchild F-11 Husky
  • Fairchild KR-34
  • Grumman CS2F Tracker
  • Noorduyn Norseman - 2, CF-AYO & CF-BFT
  • Republic RC-3 Seabee
  • Saunders ST-27
  • AEA Silver Dart replica
  • Stinson SR-9 Reliant
  • Taylorcraft 20
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