Vancouver Island Bucket List - What to do on Vancouver Island
VANCOUVER ISLAND - Where to Next?
BC Aviation Museum

BC Aviation Museum

Museum icon

Sidney

Travel through history - One of Canadas Top Aviation Museums

Activity:
Museum, Indoors
Difficulty:
Easy
Location:
Sidney
Time:
1.5 hrs
Distance:
1km

Activity:

Museum icon

Accessibility:

Family access icon
wheelchair access icon

Where to this weekend, Vancouver Island: Located at the Victoria Airport the BC Aviation Museum is a Must Stop For Any Aviation Fan

Don't Get Lost — Stay Safe

Welcome to the British Columbia Aviation Museum, a shelter of aeronautical history nestled next to the Victoria International Airport. This museum is not merely a collection of aircraft; it is a tribute to the trailblazers who dared to make the skies their own, each item in some way linking back to a piece of BC History.

As one of Canada’s best aviation museums, this is a must-visit for anyone fascinated by the journey of flight. From the earliest days of bush flying to the technological marvels of the jet age, the museum captures the essence of British Columbia’s rich aviation history.

Victoria Aviation Museum Bi Plane

As you step through its doors, you’re transported to an era where each takeoff was a new chapter in the story of progress. The museum offers a unique blend of education and excitement, making it an ideal destination for families, history enthusiasts, and aviation aficionados alike.

It’s a place where you can explore two huge hangers displaying aircraft from different eras, talk to friendly staff passionate about the history of flight, and learn about the exhilarating aviation industry.

Exhibits and Collections:

The BC Aviation Museum has an extensive array of exhibits and collections. As visitors meander through the museum, they are greeted by an impressive lineup of aircraft that chronicles the history of aviation, from the fragile biplanes of the early 20th century to the sleek jet fighters of the modern era.

A centrepiece of the museum is its vintage aircraft collection, featuring exact replica of the 1917 Hoffar H-1, the first successful aircraft designed, built and flown entirely in British Columbia.

The museum also proudly displays military aircraft that served in the Canadian Air Force during the times of various conflicts, offering a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by servicemen and women.

Inside the hanger surrounded by ww2 era planes

The BC Aviation Museum has a lot of hands-on experience, allowing visitors to engage with the science and mechanics of flight, from the kids’ zone to walking through the interior of historic planes.

The museum also houses a wealth of artifacts that go beyond aircraft. Visitors can explore a diverse collection of photographs, uniforms, medals, and personal memorabilia that bring the human side of aviation history to life.

Visiting the dedicated Memorial Room is a must, filled with artifacts that give an emotional and personal human aspect of the Canadian lives that were put on the line to fight the multiple wars. Each item tells a personal story, offering a glimpse into the lives of those who have shaped the course of aviation in the province.

Restoration Projects: Where History Comes Alive

One of the most remarkable aspects of the British Columbia Aviation Museum is its dedication to the art and science of aircraft restoration. The museum is not just a place where history is displayed; it’s where history is brought back to life.

Airplane restoration in the large hangerThe restoration hangar is a hive of activity, where the tools for wood and metal are stored for the meticulous work of restoring vintage aircraft to their former glory.

The museum’s volunteers pour their expertise and passion into each project. These skilled craftsmen and craftswomen work with a blend of reverence for the past and the precision of modern technology.

It’s here that aircraft which have seen better days are carefully and lovingly returned to their original condition, often to flying status, allowing them to grace the skies once again.

One of the standout restoration stories is that of the Lancaster FM104, a bomber that flew to England to help in WWII but never saw action.

Visitors can witness first-hand the complexity and beauty of these flying machines and gain an appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into their preservation.

Through these restoration efforts, the BC Aviation Museum ensures that the history of aviation is not just remembered but is also experienced. Each completed project is a victory for heritage preservation and an inspiration to those who see these aircraft take to the skies once more.

Bi-Plane in the hanger of museum

Visitor Essentials: Planning Your Adventure

A visit to the British Columbia Aviation Museum is a foray into the fascinating world of flight. To ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience, here are the essential details every visitor should know:

Location and Accessibility

The museum is conveniently situated at 1910 Norseman Road in North Saanich, just outside Victoria. It’s easily accessible by car and public transportation, with ample parking available for visitors. The proximity to the Victoria International Airport adds to the excitement, as visitors can often see modern aircraft taking off and landing nearby.

Operating Hours and Admission

The museum welcomes visitors year-round, opening its doors from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Admission is priced to be accessible for everyone, with discounts available for seniors, youth, and military personnel. Children under the age of five enjoy free admission, making it an affordable destination for family outings.

Facilities and Services

The museum is equipped with facilities to make your visit comfortable, including restrooms and a gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs and aviation-related items.

For those looking to delve deeper into aviation history, the museum’s library offers a wealth of resources, including over 8,000 books, periodicals, and historical documents.

Accessibility

The BC Aviation Museum is committed to being accessible to all visitors, with wheelchair-friendly pathways and exhibits. Staff and volunteers are always on hand to assist and ensure that every guest has a fulfilling experience.

BC Aviation Museum Sidney

In Conclusion

The BC Aviation Museum offers an experience that is both enlightening and inspiring, providing a unique perspective on the province’s rich aviation heritage. It’s a place where history is tangible, where learning is interactive, and where every visit ignites the imagination.

Whether you’re an aviation enthusiast, a family in search of an educational adventure, or simply curious about the history that has shaped our world, the museum is a destination that promises to elevate your understanding and appreciation of aviation. So, we encourage you to take flight into history and discover the wonders of the British Columbia Aviation Museum.

Malahat Skywalk Tickets
One look at the Malahat SkyWalk’s sweeping views and visitors are instantly in awe. The striking 10-story spiral tower brings...
Victoria Hiking tour
Hike through Vancouver Island's towering rainforest on a private, guided hike from Victoria that explores a fascinating ecosy...
dc
Get a comprehensive introduction to Vancouver Island with this two-day sightseeing tour, including one night of accommodation...
food tour Victoria
Release your inner gourmand on this sophisticated progressive dinner tour that visits four exceptional restaurants in downtow...
beer tour
Art & beer are two of the best windows into the local soul of a place. The art reflects the local moods, the culture, the...
Private Small Group Deluxe Tour - View
Explore the city of Victoria and the famous Butchart Gardens on this half-day guided tour. On the way to the gardens, stop at...
donut tour victoria
Experience the sweet flavours of Victoria with a guided donut walking tour. Explore downtown through the lens of donuts. Lear...
Ziplining out of Victoria BC on the first zip of the day
Join us for an exhilarating outdoor adventure that takes place on 100 acres of coastal temperate rainforest with magnificent ...
Victoria Photographer
Localgrapher is the largest network of professional photographers and videographers with more than 600 destinations around th...
Sunset Whale Watching Tour Victoria 2
Discover a new perspective on Victoria’s striking coastal scenery—and have the rare chance to spot giants of the deep, as wel...
DISCOVER MORE
the best spots directly in your inbox

Unsubscribe anytime. For more details, review our Privacy Policy.

Contact Information

Website: www.bcam.net

Telephone: (250) 655-3300

Address: 1910 Norseman Road, Sidney, British Columbia

 

Getting to the BC Aviation Museum

1910 Norseman Road, Sidney, Vancouver Island

30 min drive from downtown Victoria, the BC Aviation Museum is on YYJ Airport land, two km from the main terminal building. Hidden down a long narrow road, you will know you are almost at the parking lot when you look down and see runway number 26 painted on the narrow pavement.

By Car

Directions – Google Maps
From downtown Victoria, expect a 30 min drive straight down BC-17 and follow the signs to the airport taking the Canora Rd exit. Stay on Canora Rd as it veers to the right. The BC Aviation Museum will be on your left.

Bus

From downtown Victoria, expect it to take 1h 20m to get to Victoria International Airport.
Busses 71, 82, 87,88 stop in front of the Aviation Museum.
BC Transit 

Walk/Bike

The Victoria area has a great trail system. From the airport doors, head past the parking lots at the airport. Across Willingdon Road is a paved walking and biking trail. Follow it around Rotary Park along Canora Rd, and it will take you directly to the BC Aviation Museum.
No bike rack on location. Walking your bike into the fenced area at the front doors would offer protection.

Discover More

 

Don't Get Lost — Stay Safe

Vancouver Island Guides & Maps
snorkelling Adventures Vancouver Island
Snorkelling Adventures Around Vancouver Island
lonely planet
Vancouver & Victoria - Lonely Planet
adventure road map
Vancouver Island Folded Map
Back road maps
Backroad Map - Vancouver Island

Discover new places and find your way around Vancouver Island. Many areas do not have cell service so maps and guidebooks can be very helpful for the curious.

Sunset Whale Watching Tour Victoria 2
Discover a new perspective on Victoria’s striking coastal scenery—and have the rare chance to spot giants of the deep, as wel...
Ziplining out of Victoria BC on the first zip of the day
Join us for an exhilarating outdoor adventure that takes place on 100 acres of coastal temperate rainforest with magnificent ...
cb
The Canadian city of Victoria has a rich British colonial history dating back to the Victorian era, which is evident in its s...
6c
Step into a tropical jungle just outside Victoria. The Victoria Butterfly Gardens is located close to Butchart Gardens and is...
Experience The Area
East Sooke Sasquatch
10 min stop icon
icon directory food

Sasquatch Sighting

This 11 foot Sasquatch isn’t great at hiding and makes an easy stop on the way to East Sooke
a small shed like building with a whimsical story book shape and a fun pointed roof used to house the cookies and is known as the crazy cookie house in Metchosin
cookie-stop-icon
10 min stop icon

Crazy Cookie House

Fun roadside farm stand, the Crazy Cookie House has mystical creatures and a whimsical house. Located near Sitting Lady Falls in Metchosin
Niagara Falls Victoria
Hiking Icon
Picnic Icon
Waterfall icon

Goldstream Park

Goldstream Park, Only 16 km from Downtown Victoria massive trees and 150-foot waterfall

Did we miss something?
Have more to add?

Original Author:

Modified: December 6, 2023
Last Visit: February 12, 2022

Thank you for visiting – I hope you found the information you were looking for at VIBL (Vancouver Island Bucket List) please continue to discover all of the great places that makes Vancouver Island so great! 

Where to Next?

Join Our Bi-Weekly Newsletter

Includes lesser known hikes, stories & more

Unsubscribe anytime. For more details, review our Privacy Policy.

Pack Out:
We love Vancouver Island and want to keep the natural beauty. Please respect the places you visit and pack out what you pack in and leave the area better than when you arrived. We all know how much trash can spoil an experience and the environment, so please help us keep it clean!

Wildlife:
Vancouver Island is a land of natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Please be aware of your surroundings and take the usual precautions for personal and wildlife safety.
Black bears, cougars and even wolves are common on Vancouver Island for more on Wildlife Safety Click Here 

Tide and Seasonal Safety:
Changing seasons and tides can have a drastic effect on most locations on Vancouver Island. Please be cautious as the information in this post may vary depending on the time of year and weather. Make sure to check for current weather and tide information before you make your journey! Click here for the tides in your area. 

Be aware of ocean currents before swimming, paddle boarding or kayaking.

Land Acknowledgement:
We would like to acknowledge the land we appreciate daily within the 50 First Nations that make up the traditional territories of the Coast Salish, Nuu chah nulth, and Kwakiutl–the first peoples of Vancouver Island .

Disclaimer:
The information on this website should not be taken as accurate, complete or up-to-date. Please check and look into the information yourself. We do not assume any liabilities for the use of this information. It is unreasonable to rely solely upon the information from this website. 

Submit a change suggestion:

max of 4 images
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email