Imagine walking into an aviation museum and being able to see, feel, and touch the exhibits. The BC Aviation Museum in Victoria is one of those places. Located next to Victoria International Airport, you can explore two huge hangers displaying aircraft from different eras, talk to friendly staff who are passionate about the history of flight, and learn about the exhilarating aviation industry.
The British Columbia Aviation Museum is an excellent place for anyone who loves the history of flight or is curious about the mechanics and changes that have taken place over the last century. 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.
It’s also a great place to take kids! The Aviation Museum has a dedicated zone where they’ll love getting up close to the aircraft and learning how they work.
After wandering freely through the two large hangers, join a tour guide to walk you through the outdoor display, the interior of a restored 1957 Trans-Canada Viscount, and the 5,000 sqft restoration facility, where they are currently restoring a 1944 Lancaster FM104.
The Museum is open six days a week, Thursday through Tuesday.
Closed Wednesdays and Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day!
Oct. 1 – April 30 – 11 am to 3 pm
May 1 – Sept. 30 – 10 am to 4 pm
$15.00 Seniors (65+) $12.00
$8.00 (active, veteran, cadet)
Free when accompanied by an adult family member. (5yrs and under)
Adult Group Rates:
Available for ten people or more and must be pre-booked.
Individual $40.00; Family $60.00 (2 adults and children in same household); Senior/Student $30.00; Military (active/veteran/cadet) $20.00; First Responders (fire/police) $20.00
Telephone: (250) 655-3300
Address: 1910 Norseman Road, Sidney, British Columbia
1910 Norseman Road, Sidney, Vancouver Island
30 min drive from downtown Victoria, the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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