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Salute airborne firefighters at Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

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When students enter the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (CBHC), they step into the lives of modern-day firefighters.

Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (CBHC) is only minutes from the Agawa Canyon Train Tour depot, the Sault Ste. Marie Museum, the Old Stone House and the Art Gallery of Algoma.

The centre offers interactive and hands-on exhibits. Those in the group willing to climb an actual fire tower have the opportunity to go up a 30-foot model.

When planning a visit to the Bushplane Museum, a minimum of two hours is recommended. While tours of the center’s exhibits and collection are self-guided, floor rangers are on hand to help. 

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre_Royalbroil Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

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Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

The two-hour time allows the floor rangers on duty to respond to questions and to help pick and choose which exhibits and films to see.

Wildfires: A 3-D Adventure takes viewers to a raging forest fire. Students are able to experience the sights, smells and sounds as the CL-415 water bomber gets the raging fire under control.

The second feature is Wings Over the North, which is shown exclusively at the CBHC. It tells the story of forest fire fighting in the north with Captain Ron and his canine co-pilot. Each movie lasts 20 minutes, which leaves time for exploring the center.

Other highlights include a working lightning strike recorder, a reproduction of a 1940s bush camp used by forest firefighting crews and an extensive collection of vintage fire pumps and railway speeders.

Canada’s leadership role in water-based aircraft for fighting forest fires has its own exhibit area. The Province of Ontario was an innovator in developing water bombing systems.   

A flight simulator provides a choice of three four-minute flights over Ontario, all from a five-seat cockpit.

The CBHC “Women in Aviation” exhibit is dedicated to the story of female aviators, from early days of flying to space travel. The exhibit recounts the careers of many pilots from barnstormers and bush flyers to Amelia Earhart and Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut.

There is ample parking on site for motorcoaches. 

For more information, call 705-945-6242 or visit bushplane.com.

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