BC Aviation Museum
BC Aviation Museum
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Come enjoy a trip back in time with the whole family, with over 20 aircraft on display in Sidney, at The BC Aviation Museum! Where learning and fun meet! Memorable visitor experiences include: • Sit in the cockpit of a warplane. • Discover the history of our valiant Canadian aviation pioneers with our passionate tour guides or on a self-guided visit. We’ve been collecting and preserving 8,000+ aviation books, 13,500+ photographs. Don't miss our gift shop - the perfect place to find aviation themed gifts. Come explore the BC Aviation Museum in Sidney, located near the Victoria International Airport.
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Sandy Peel
Victoria, Canada21 contributions
Aug. 2022
BC Aviation Museum

I attended the Museum's Open House this past August and was Wowed by their collection of historic aircraft.
A must visit for any visitor to Victoria but particularly aviation buffs.

Sandy Peel
Written September 13, 2022
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Trakette
Sidney, Canada176 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Couples
The Aviation Museum, run almost entirely by volunteers, is well worth a visit. It’s conveniently situated by the Victoria Airport. There are planes and Links, the precursors to flight simulators for training purposes. The walls are covered in photographs and stories, and there are many examples of uniforms through the age of flight.

Some of the stories and accompanying photographs are heart wrenching, especially when you see how young the pilots were.

There’s a large hangar where restoration is continually on the go as the museum acquires more objects.

Volunteers are on hand to guide you: they themselves tell fascinating stories. There are miniature planes etc for children to try as well: the kids we saw were having a wonderful time on them.

Our visit ended with a look around the interesting gift shop. A thoroughly enjoyable visit at a very reasonable entry fee.
Written April 18, 2022
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AC_A340
Manitoba326 contributions
Aug. 2021
Great museum, run by volunteers. I would have stayed longer, but the hours were very limited. Wish it was open more.
Written August 17, 2021
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Barbara W
Victoria, British Columbia42 contributions
Jun. 2021
Father's and Grandfather's were treated royally today!! Tour inside the TCA was a great experience!!
Written June 22, 2021
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tubtent6
Duncan, Canada54 contributions
Mar. 2021
We thought it would be very nice on a rainy day to visit an attraction in Sidney. Have not been to the museum in a long time and wanted to see what had possibly changed in the last 15 years. WOW is all I can say! So many excellent exibits and the varries eras of flight were very well placed. Alex, our personal guide knew everything about all of it. Was very pleasant, as all of the volunteers were, and spent over an hour giving us answers and knowledge on it all. Best day in a museum EVER. Highly recommend it to everyone, especially younger kids that should see what these airmen had to fly in during the wars etc. Real eye openner!
Written March 10, 2021
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DM
Saskatoon, Canada2 contributions
Mar. 2020
My husband is the Aircraft enthusiast so we decided to go to this museum. I am very glad I agreed, the museum is very interesting, but the people that work/volunteer there are amazing people. They are genuine and kind individuals, their passion for the history in the museum is like none I have ever experienced before.
Written February 14, 2021
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Bob2885
Victoria, Canada107 contributions
Sep. 2020
I toured the museum in September as part of a group. The tour guide was informative, responsive to questions and entertaining. The exhibits cover the history of aviation in the 20th century with a focus on British Columbian and Canadian aircraft. There are planes, lots of them, tens ofunmounted engines in various stages of dress, helicopters, innumerable model aircraft and a good collection of memorabilia related to aviation in the First and Second Wars. This would be a fun tour with children.

I climbed the stairs into a late '50s Viscount airliner, looked into the cockpit of a jet trainer, and was impressed by the huge size of the museum's latest restoration project, a Lancaster bomber. Don't miss it!
Written September 21, 2020
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wavelength2014
Vancouver Island, Canada68 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Family
This is a really nice museum. I have recommended it many times. Children and adults alike find it interesting. The volunteers are so knowledgeable, kind and friendly and the price of admission is very good. We went to the open house there and it was fabulous. Well worth the visit.
Written July 26, 2020
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kernotpaul
Kamloops, Canada18 contributions
Oct. 2019
I visited the museum on the 6th October 2019. The museum consists of 2 hangars , a renevation area and an outside apron. The hangars are pretty full of aircraft, the lighting is okay, but could be a bit brighter to help with photography. There are volunteer guides who will take you on a guided tour. You will need one of these guides if you wat to visit the aircraft stored outside, as those aircraftare pareda sall concrete area tatis on te airport itsef. The museum is in the process of renevating the cockpit section of a Lancaster, the body of the aircraft can be foud in hangar 2. Outside theyhave a Viscount airlinertat you can goiside and take photographs The museum is worth a visit and is reasonably
priced. The museum caters for children as well. Finally, the museum has a gift shop as well for you to buy souveniers.
Written December 11, 2019
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oceansidegirl11
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada15 contributions
Nov. 2019
Always enjoyable, interesting for all, even when boys were younger. Reasonably priced, $16 for the 3 boys and one senior

Great volunteer guides, many of whom were pilots or crew, who take time to relate interesting background about the planes, exhibits, to the children. Very interesting for adults too! Planes of varying vintage, plus three flight simulators which the boys were fascinated with!
Written November 18, 2019
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