National Aviation Day

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Celebrate the 105th anniversary of Canadian aviation with us on National Aviation Day, Sunday, February 23 with fun activities for the whole family. On February 23 1909, J.A.D. McCurdy, a member of the Aerial Experiment Association (A.E.A.), rose from the ice in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, aboard the Silver Dart, achieving the first controlled powered flight in Canada.

This celebration will highlight this momentous achievement in Canadian aviation with crafts, specials guests, guided tours and more! Learn all about our rich aviation history at our National Aviation Day Celebration.

The Fantastic Flight of the Silver Dart Storytelling Workshop

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The little ones will be captivated by this story and will get to use their creativity as they complete the craft activity that follows. The illustrated children's story book recounts the tale of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell and his involvement with Canada's first powered flight.

Silver Dart Photo Opportunity: Visitors will get the chance to have their photo taken sitting in the Museum's Silver Dart half-scale cockpit.

Printmaking Workshops - Celebrating Canada's First Powered Flight

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
On February 23, 1909, the A.E.A. Silver Dart took off from Bras d'Or Lake in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Artist Suzanne Walsh captures this historic moment, as well as the team of talented men who were behind it, in her carvings.

Special Guests

Book launch by author Peter Pigott

10:30 a.m. in the Main Theatre
Join author Peter Pigott as he launches his new book Air Canada: The History. The book explores how Air Canada has made commercial air travel in our country an everyday occurrence, and how this airline has touched countless lives during its 75-year history.

Transport Canada

Visitors to the Museum can stop by Transport Canada's display to find out how TC employees help to keep Canada's air transportation industry one of the safest in the world.

Family Activities

Kids Tour - Mail Must Fly!

11 a.m.
Help deliver mail throughout the Museum, and discover the aircraft involved in airmail delivery.

Ejection Seat Demonstrations

1 p.m.
Learn how an ejection seat can save a pilot's life. Have a blast while listening to our enthusiastic guides as they describe the ups and downs of ejecting from a fighter jet! Sit in an authentic ejection seat and learn how pilots use this essential piece of equipment.

Cockpit Interpretation

Meet our friendly and knowledgeable staff who will assist you in boarding our Canadair Tutor, MiG and CF-18 cockpits.

Cessna Interpretation Centre

Want the experience of flight but prefer to keep your feet on the ground? Here is your chance to sit at the controls of an aircraft without taking off! One of our staff will assist you in boarding our Cessna 150 aircraft, and answer any questions you may have.

Hang Glider Studio

This special activity area is the perfect place for younger children and parents to enjoy LEGO®, puzzles, puppets, and more.

F-16 Flight Simulator ($)

Climb aboard a replica of an F-16 cockpit and test your flight skills!

Opening hours of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Regular schedule: Wednesday to Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays except statutory and school holidays.
Closed Christmas Day. Open New Year’s Day.
Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways.