The First Trans-Canada Flight

Prior to 1919, people could only imagine flying across Canada. The geographic obstacles were great. The northern stretches of the Canadian Shield were uncharted and sparsely populated, and no one had yet crossed the Canadian Rockies by airplane. But, in August 1919, perceptions began to change. Captain Ernest Hoy’s flight over the Canadian Rockies in a Curtiss JN-4 “Canuck” prompted the question: Might it actually be possible to fly across the entire country?

The Canadian Rockies were a geographical obstacle to a trans-Canada flight.<br />(CAVM 4631)
Ernest C. Hoy in the Curtiss JN-4 “Canuck” he used to fly over the Rockies for the first time, 7 August 1919.<br />(CAVM 23111)
A crowd stands in front of the Curtiss JN-4 “Canuck” used to make the first Rocky Mountain crossing by airplane, 1919.<br />(KM 4699)