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Canada Day at the Aviation and Space Museum
July 1, 2019 - 09:00 - 17:00
Take family fun to new heights this Canada Day !
Watch Captain Brian Kilroy — and his specially-painted aircraft — fly over the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. You’ll also have the rare opportunity to meet him and members of the CF-18 Demonstration Team at an exclusive autograph session!
You won’t want to miss the chance to see the first-ever public display of the Delta Test Vehicle (DTV) that was recovered from Lake Ontario. In August 2018, the OEX Recovery Group retrieved an airplane-shaped object from the lake, as part of a campaign called Raise the Arrow. The team hoped they had found a free-flight model of the Avro Arrow from the 1950s. The object turned out to be a DTV — a test model that was fired over Lake Ontario in 1954 as a precursor to the free-flight model. See the DTV up close — and learn about this ongoing recovery and conservation efforts around this Cold War mystery!
In addition, the museum has a jam-packed schedule of thrilling performances, including skydiving demos and micro drone flying. Just minutes from the crowds of downtown Ottawa, the museum is an ideal destination for a family-friendly day filled with entertaining, educational, and interactive activities, regardless of the weather. Stroll through our world-class aviation collection, speak with pilots, and visit more than 20 partner organizations from the aerospace industry! Admission is free (donations are welcome). Canada day at the museum is presented by NAV CANADA.
Schedule of Demonstrations and Performances
9 a.m. Museum and activity stations open
10 a.m. Drone flying activity in the Maurice Bélanger Theatre
11 a.m.* Demonstration by Parachute GO Skydive
12 p.m.* Fly By: CF-18 Demo Team and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds
12:30 p.m. Ejection seat demonstration
1:30 p.m. Micro drone flying activity in the Maurice Bélanger Theatre
2:30 p.m. Ejection seat demonstration
3 p.m. Autograph session with the CF-18 Demonstration Team
All activities and displays will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
* Weather permitting. Schedule subject to change without notice.
Partners and Special Guests
Over 20 organizations in the aerospace industry and other special guests are joining us this year to help celebrate Canada Day. Come and meet with these museum partners!
Activities for kids of all ages are taking place throughout the day!
Aircraft and Flights
Many visiting aircraft will be flying in for museum visitors. Come and speak to the pilots of these wonderful flying machines!
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is located at the intersection of the Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways, just 10 minutes from Parliament Hill. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Canada Day, with special activities ending by 4 p.m. Admission is free, however parking fees still apply.
Visitors are invited to take advantage of the bicycle paths leading to the museum to reduce vehicle emissions; bicycle racks are available at the museum.