The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (CBHC) was formed in 1987 by a small group of volunteers wishing to preserve Ontario's rich bushplane and firefighting heritage. At that time, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources agreed to allow the group to use a portion of the Fire and Aviation Division (formerly the Ontario Provincial Air Service) hangar at the edge of the St Mary's River in Sault Ste. Marie for displays and storage.
When Fire and Aviation Division operations were moved from the hangar to the Sault Ste. Marie airport, the CBHC expanded.
Recent major renovations, including a new entrance, theatre, gift shop and support facilities have been conducted in order to make your visit to the centre more comfortable and enjoyable.
Today the CBHC is a growing organization, with many volunteers involved in the recovery, restoration, preservation and display of our own piece of history.
The lifeblood of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre is in its volunteers. Many dedicated individuals actively work to restore, preserve, interpret, promote and present our Bushplane and Forest Fire Fighting heritage. Their reward is in the satisfaction of a job well done.
New volunteers are always welcome at the centre! Come in and participate in the restoration a vintage aircraft, build floor displays, guide tours through the centre, conduct archive research, catalogue artifacts
put your talents to good use!
The CBHC preserves and tells the story of Canada’s bushplane and forest fire protection heritage and how it has shaped life in northern and remote parts of Canada. The CBHC collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets a collection of bushplanes and related material and promotes public understanding of their significance by offering quality presentations, education programs and visitor experiences in a public museum facility. It also serves as a centre of research and information on bushplane and forest fire fighting heritage.
Connecting people of all ages to Canada’s exciting bushplane and forest protection heritage in a world-class museum.
The CBHC values and believes in:
Authenticity: It is rooted in and strengthened by its firsthand connections to real places, people and things. Access: It provides the highest possible level of public access to aircraft while ensuring visitor safety and artifact preservation.
Quality: It adheres to professional standards of program design and delivery, consistent with a museum of national stature and world repute.
Volunteerism: It respects and appreciates the contributions and commitment of volunteers.