Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

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Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
SSM Bushplane Museum.JPG
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 prides itself on being a completely interactive and hands-on museum, with fun activities for every member of the family. The 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) hangar contains over thirty aircraft exhibits. Climb a real fire tower, see the Algoma region from above in the flight simulator, or experience flight in the special effects-packed Object Theatre.


Sault Ste Marie Heliport
IATA: noneICAO: noneTC LID: CNR3
Airport type Public
Operator Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
Location Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Elevation AMSL 580 ft / 177 m
Coordinates 46°30′15″N 084°19′26″W / 46.50417°N 84.32389°W / 46.50417; -84.32389
CNR3 is located in Ontario
Location in Ontario
Number Length Surface
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n/a 57 (diameter) 17 (diameter) Concrete

Volunteer members actively acquire, restore, preserve and display floatplanes, bush planes, waterbombers, and forest fire fighting equipment along with other aviation and forestry-related artifacts in order to celebrate the achievements of Canada's aviation and forest firefighting pioneers.

Aircraft in the collection include:[2]


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)).

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  1. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
  2. ^ Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (2009). "Aviation Exhibits". Retrieved 2009-11-23. 

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Coordinates: 46°30′17″N 84°19′28″W / 46.50472°N 84.32444°W / 46.50472; -84.32444 (Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre)