I hadn’t been to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in a long time—I think my last visit there was with Gail, an aviation buff.

With about 130 military and civilian aircraft from around the world covering the entire history of aviation, the Museum apparently offers the finest collection in the country and one of the most comprehensive in the world. We took advantage of the “free after 4 p.m.” policy to show Mark what flying is all about.

Don’t think of this place as a Museum: it’s basically a huge hangar filled to the brim with planes. There are aircraft everywhere, some hanging from the ceiling, some on the ground, and some parked outside (you can even buy a ticket to fly a vintage biplane over the city!). Oh, and by the way—these are full-size aircraft, not models. Needless to say, the hangar is huge.

If you’re not into flying machines, this Museum may disappoint. It’s not as interactive as, let’s say, the Museum of History, and the explanations can be rather technical and overwhelming. However, there are artifacts—clothing, uniforms, cars, motorcycles, etc.—to put everything in context and I found the displays interesting from a historical perspective (I did skip the engine section…).

The one-hour walk-through was perfect for us. As a bonus, we watched the helicopter landing outside!

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum
 

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9 Comments

    1. Zhu August 30, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      That long? Wow, crazy! You’ve done so much since then… you changed your life, once again 🙂

      Reply
  1. Holly Nelson August 30, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Mark loved it, his little head poking through that hole – so cute! It does look good though.

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    1. Zhu August 30, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      I’m thinking of dressing him up as a time traveler for Halloween now.. 😆

      Reply
  2. petite yaye August 31, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Fun ! By the way is there a fireman museum too ??!

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    1. Zhu August 31, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      No, but if you stop by the fire station, they give you a tour and let kids climb in the truck and all. It’s super cool!

      Reply
      1. petite yaye September 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm

        Waouh ! Michoco’s dream… he spends his time on the car looking for fireman… firetrucks are really rare in dakar and he never sees one… 🙁

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        1. Zhu September 1, 2014 at 11:42 pm

          Does it mean you rarely have fire emergency or that there are no resources?

          Reply
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