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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.

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