City Plane… Country Plane

From aircraft construction, to the experience of air travel, to the reasons behind air travel, this program helps students understand the evolution of aviation in Canada within the context of the development of urban and rural communities.

Grade 3
Social Studies
$5.00 per student (minimum fee of $100)
Group size
Max. 25 students
Minimum of 6 adult chaperones per group (free)
Two groups concurrently
100 minutes

Program Description

This program is an interactive guided tour that takes students through parts of the collection, from early passenger aircraft to bush planes. Students will chart a course through the Museum as a way of practicing their mapping skills, while participating in short challenge activities at various points along the way, including the “Build a Better Bush Plane” game, where students look critically at the features an aircraft needs when flying into remote northern locations. Heroic stories of real-life adventurers add flavour and drive home the important role that aviation played in Canada’s early history.

Curriculum Links

Social Studies

Canada and World Connections: Grade 3 – Urban and Rural Communities

Specific Expectations

Knowledge and Understanding

compare transportation in urban and rural communities

Map, Globe and Graphic Skills

consult map legends when looking for selected features
(e.g., H – hospital)


compare the characteristics of their community to those of a different community (e.g., with respect to population density, services, recreation, modes of travel to isolated northern and First Nation communities)
describe ways in which people interact with other communities (e.g., urban dwellers may travel to rural areas for recreational purposes; rural dwellers may make use of urban services such as hospitals)

Source Document: The Ontario Curriculum, Social Studies, Grades 1–6; History and Geography, Grades 7–8, 2004 (revised)

Teacher Tips

Remember: to help plan your trip, teachers are entitled to a free pass. Please call our reservation office to request yours today!

To get the most out of your experience, we recommend that you arrange your bus schedule so that you can spend 2–2 ½ hours at the Museum. This will give you an opportunity to visit more of the collection on your own, take health breaks, enjoy snacks or lunches, visit the boutique, etc.

Remember to bring a large bag or bags to carry home your class’s creations, and a camera to document the fun!

Staying for lunch? Please ask our reservation office about table/lunchroom availability, as well as our catering service.

Pre-Visit Activity Suggestions

Take two maps of Canada – one for Canada in the 1920s and 1930s, and one for Canada today. Identify an urban location and a rural location (e.g., Ottawa and Kuujuak) and colour them in, using the same locations for each map.

Talk about the differences between city life and remote northern life by comparing three common activities your students can relate to: talking on the phone, listening to music, and going to school. If possible, have a volunteer visit the class to talk to them about what kids did in the 1920s and 1930s.

Using images from magazines, the internet, etc., have students cut out and place the appropriate image next to the activity for the correct location and time period.

Fees and Reservations

Make a Reservation

Please make your reservation at least three weeks in advance by calling 613-993-4264 or click on the Reserve button to fill out an online reservation request. Please allow a minimum of 48 hours for our response.

Program fees are per person and include taxes. All accompanying adults per group are admitted free. Payment may be made in advance or on arrival by cash, credit card, debit, or cheque made payable to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

Program Per student* Minimum Fee

*Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice.

City Plane… Country Plane $5.00 $100

Cancellation Fees

A cancellation fee of $80 per school program will be charged for cancellations made less than 48 hours before the scheduled date of the program. For a program cancelled with more than 48 hours notice, a $20 administration fee will apply, unless the program is rescheduled within the same school year. In the case of school bus cancellation due to inclement weather, this fee will not apply if a school reschedules the cancelled program within the same school year.