What's Here

What’s Here: Our Library

Considered to be the largest aviation library in Western Canada, our library contains over 8,000 books, including a children’s and fiction section! The library also has a digitized database with a collection of 600+ Videos, 30,000 digitized and cataloged photos, historical documents, and editions of over 30 different Canadian Aviation magazines. Visitors are welcome to browse the shelves or read the books, while annual pass holders and members are able to borrow books and videos.

What’s Here: Our Artifacts

The museum’s collection consists of over 10, 000 artifacts ranging from aircraft, to manuals, to uniforms and more. Countless stories are shared within our walls. While we have many artifacts on display, our collection is also stored in our climate-controlled artifacts centre and is managed using Catalogit, a cloud-based museum software.

Conducting research? Looking for a specific item? Interested in donating? Please email our volunteer Artifacts team at: [email protected]

What’s Here: Our Archives

The mandate of the BCAM Society Archives is to collect and preserve materials (regardless of media format) that document the history, and development, and are relevant to the:

  • British Columbia Aviation Museum Society and the,
  • Aviation history of British Columbia and, as appropriate, Canada.

The Museum Archives are open during Museum hours and are open to the public free of charge. Both Museum members and Non-members are welcome to visit the Archives by appointment. Our team is happy to assist you with your research!

What’s Here: Children’s Area

Our children’s area consists of plane pedal carts, flight simulators, interactive aircraft, and an array of hands-on aviation themed displays. This area is located in our Main Hangar.

All children must be supervised at all times.

Consider purchasing an Annual Pass so you and your family can visit the children’s area whenever you’d like!

What’s Here: Restoration

The British Columbia Aviation Museum restoration facility is adjacent to the Main Display Hangar and public access is welcome (accompanied by a tour guide). The restoration hangar is always crowded with projects and is especially busy on Thursdays which is our ‘work day’. The 5,000 square foot hangar includes wood working, metal working, instrument repair, and storage areas for parts.

Many, but not all, of the Museum’s aircraft have been restored or refurbished within our restoration facility. Some of our aircraft were restored before the hangar was built in 1997, while others, like our Vickers Viscount, are too large to fit into the restoration facility. Despite having a restoration facility, a handful of our aircraft were received in flying condition and have been maintained within the display hangars.

Past restorations include the North American Harvard Mk. II, the Auster AOP 6, the Lincoln Sport, and the 7/8 scale SE 5a. Visits to these aircraft within the display hangars will reveal the skill and dedication of the many volunteers who contributed their talents so generously.

Currently, we have three restoration projects in progress with the Lancaster FM104 restoration taking place in the restoration hangar, and the CF-104 Starfighter and Piasecki restorations occurring in various locations throughout the museum.

What’s Here: Gift Shop

Our gift shop is open to everyone and includes an array of specialty BCAM and general aviation merchandise, ranging from unique artwork and souvenirs to clothing. Bags, and toys.

 

We are planning on updating our gift shop in the new year, so please bear with us as we reorganize products, and some mild construction takes place.