The Canadian Aero Film company received a contract from the Ontario government in 1920 to conduct an aerial survey of the province between Toronto and Moose Factory in James Bay. Between mid-August and late September Pilot W. R. Maxwell made five round trips in G-CAAZ including the first ambulance flight out of Northern Ontario with a patient suffering from mastoiditis. Other operators of the HS-2L aircraft were Central Canada Airlines, Canadian Airways, International Airways of Canada and the Laurentide Company. A consortium of paper companies with timber limits in the St. Maurice River valley of Quebec formed Laurentide which obtained the loan of two H-Boats from the Air Board. The flight of these planes from Halifax to Lac a la Tortue in Quebec was the first civil operation of an HS-2L. These planes provided the first aerial fire patrol and gave the first air to ground report of a bush fire. They also proved that the use of aerial photography was a valid and reliable method of identifying the type and value of a forest from the air. A new company, Laurentide Air Service Ltd. was formed in 1922 which continued the work of the flying boats, adding nine new boats to their fleet.

The decision of the Ontario government, announced in 1923, to establish its own air service was a serious blow to Laurentide resulting in the sale of thirteen of its HS-2Ls to that government. Another of their fleet was sold to Northern Air Services. In 1924 there was a major boom in the gold and copper fields of Northwestern Quebec which created a demand for a fast transport service from the rail head to Rouyn, Quebec. Laurentide Air Service responded to the demand with three weekly HS-2L return flights between Angliers, Lake Fortune and Rouyn which was the first scheduled air service in Canada. These flights were also the first regular airmail service in Canada, a concept that was so new the post office allowed Laurentide to issue their own 25 cent airmail stamps. Eventually air mail service was extended by connecting with trans-Atlantic steamers in the St. Lawrence River shortening the mail delivery by one to four days. ...

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