Ottawa Tourism

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum places the wonder of flight into your hands. Under its hangar-esque roof, the Museum holds approximately 130 military and civilian aircraft; the finest collection in the country and one of the most comprehensive in the world. Uncover the development of the flying machine, its role in conflicts, and its overall significance. Once you’ve learned it all, jump into the Redbird to feel the rush of flying high. The full-motion flight simulator, used to train pilots, will put you in control as you fly around the Ottawa area. And, during the warmer months, hop into the circa 1939 open cockpit biplane for a real-life flight around the capital!

Fast Facts

  • From an Aeronc C-2 to a Zenair CH-300 Tri-Z, the Museum’s displayed collection of almost 50 aircraft from around the world covers the entire history of aviation.
  • A replica of the Silver Dart, the first heavier than air craft to fly in Canada, greets visitors from on high as they enter the Museum.
  • The Museum displays the nose section of an Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow; one of few remaining parts of this once-promising Canadian-built fighter jet.
  • A fabulous new exhibition, Canadian Wings: A Remarkable Century of Flight, opened in early 2009 to celebrate 100 years of aviation in Canada.
  • In spring and summer, visitors to the Museum can take flying tours of the Capital in an open cockpit Waco UPF-7 biplane circa 1939; helicopter rides are also available.
  • The Museum’s Hang Glider Studio offers aviation-themed activities and crafts for kids.
  • The Aviation and Space Museum is co-located with the Rockcliffe Airport and adjacent to the former Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Rockcliffe.