Where Adventure Takes Off

What you can see and do at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie is such a great place to explore as a child and also as an adult. It's a place where you can not only spend time as a family but a great place to go with a group of friends you're travelling with.

Tucked into the waterfront in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, it's easy to get to. Did you know that it's a registered water-based airport for floatplanes? How cool would it be to take your own personal floatplane to a museum? But for those of us without a plane, there's plenty of parking.

The Bushplane Museum is one of only a few aviation museums that allow visitors to climb aboard the aircraft, take the pilot's seat in a passenger plane's cockpit, or climb into the cargo hold of a real water bomber. I've visited a few aviation museums where this isn't allowed, so you can imagine how awesome it feels knowing that you can climb -- inside -- the -- plane! This is completely and totally extraordinary.

Check out this video of Jessie from the Ultimate Northern Ontario Road Trip at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre where she explores the museum:

Five Things to Do at the Museum

1. Wildfires! 3-D Adventure: This exhibit packs a punch -- 3-D effects tell the story of the Ministry of Natural Resources Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services Branch battling real forest fires in Ontario from both the air and ground. You'll really feel like you are inside the battle!

2. The Flight Simulator is a classic exhibit at the Bushplane Museum: You can choose from 3 different 4-minute flights, each highlighting a different aspect of Northern Ontario. Feel the engines start, the plane lifting from the ground and nail-biting landings. Very cool.

3. Climb the Fire Tower: This 30-foot replica overlooks the entire museum! Also check out the 1940s bush camp, reproductions ranger's office and the working lightning strike recorder in action.

4. Wings Over the North: Experience the exhilaration of take-off in a vintage Beaver bush plane, the freedom of flight, the history of fighting fires from the sky, and the unexpected drama of setting "her" down with Pilot Ron and his canine co-pilot, Charlie.

5. Canadair CL-215 F-ZBBT: Manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace and retired in 1966, this enormous aircraft was a donation to the museum. Used to fight fires in the south of France, it recorded 20,331 water bombing loads dropped on fires. And you can climb inside!

About Algoma Staff Writer

Algoma Country is a spectacular 4-season vacation destination for outdoor and urban adventures. The region borders Lake Superior and Lake Huron and is rich in old-growth forests, and countless waterways.

Recommended Articles

Facts About Lake Huron

10 Things We Bet You Didn't Know

Early Season Pike

Learn How to Target These Big Fish

Old Woman Bay

A Must Stop on Lake Superior

Bringing Home Fish

Understanding Ontario Fishing Regulations

Lake Superior

10 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Lake Superior

The Wawa Goose

Welcoming Visitors For Over 50 Years

Eye Opener

Best Bait, Lures and Scents to Catch Walleye

The Butter Tart

Oh, Butter Tart, We Stand on Guard for Thee

Winnie-the-Pooh's Ontario origins

Learn the History of World's Most Beloved Bear

Experience Crown land camping

5 Places to Crown land Camp in Algoma and 7 Ways to Do it Right

Fresh Fish Fries

Fish'n Chips, All You Can Eat & Specials in Algoma

You Gotta Eat Here: 5 Must Try Restaurants in Sault Ste. Marie

These restaurants are a must when visiting the Soo.

The Lost Harbour

Exploring Lake Superior's Coast

10 Secluded Beaches

These Beautiful Sandy Beaches are a Must This Summer

Angling & Camping Heaven

Check out the best places to fish and camp in Algoma's Provincial Parks

DHC-2 Beaver

A History of Aviation in the North

Jackfish

A Connection to Canada's Group of Seven

Attractor Trolling for Lake Trout

Tips & Tricks You Need to Learn

Sunset Noodle House

Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine comes to Batchawana Bay, Ontario.

The Ultimate Group of Seven Road Trip

See the inspirations for their greatest works.