Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is more than you could ever expect. It is fuelled by the passion of two friends who brought together the amazing history of Canada’s military airforce. With almost 50 aircraft and fascinating displays of detailed historic events, this Warplane Museum is a great way to spend your time learning about Canada’s history.

At less than an hour’s drive from Toronto, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is located in Mt Hope, outside Hamilton. It’s not far from the Hamilton International Airport (IATA: YHM, ICAO: CYHM), but it holds more stories of adventure than anything you will hear from the more contemporary planes. The Museum is a local favourite, held in high regard by both the people of Hamilton and members of many flying clubs throughout Canada.

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The best museums are the hands-on museums, and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is the master of this. It’s more than a military history museum, this place is a collection of stories, displays, artifacts and of course, planes! The collection of aircraft is one of the most extensive in Canada. There are many types of planes on display, from an early biplane to the modern jet. Each of these has been carefully and lovingly restored by a team of passionate engineers. At the Warplane Museum, you have the opportunity to come up close to the planes and learn about their individual personalities (and their amazing stories). To take your experience even further, add a joy flight to your entry ticket, as this is the only place in the world where you can fly in an Avro Lancaster bomber! Now that’s REAL close.

Back on the ground, there is plenty to see at the Museum. There are detailed displays through the museum, sharing historic events from Canada’s history. Many relate to flying during war time, while some portray the lives of warplanes after the war is over. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum shares great pride in its role to acquire, document, preserve and maintain such a large collection of aircraft flown by Canadians and the history it holds.

There are a variety of ways to explore the Museum. Make a weekend of it and schedule your visit to include A Night at the Museum. In addition to joy flights and creative displays, the Warplane Museum also offers special night-time programs open to the general public. It is a great event to wander through the gallery and vintage aircraft collection with some fun activities along the way. Check out the official Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum website for booking details.

The Warplane Museum is a great place to start your weekend adventure. Depending on whether you are after the adrenalin rush or to follow the historic trail, Hamilton has plenty to offer you.

If the Canadian Warplanes have given you the need for speed, head to Cameron Motorsports Karting Complex in Mt Hope. It has two tracks: a public track and a private member racing track, both of which are highly competitive and loads of fun. After soaring with the warplanes, you can fly around the course and check out the local rookie racing league.

When you are ready to come back down to Earth, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is close to Niagara Falls and many other serene walks in nature. A popular (and peaceful) favourite is the Hiking Trail to Webster Falls, part of the Waterfalls of Hamilton. You can find the hike in Greensville, around a 30-minute drive from the Museum. These Falls are considered like a little sister to Niagara Falls and we think they’re equally beautiful in their natural setting.

On your way home from the Warplane Museum, rest and refuel at Bennett’s Apples & Cider. This family-owned and family-run business is only 10 minutes from the Museum, offering both fresh produce and their own on-site bakery. You know it’s all fresh because the farm is right there with the market! There are seasonal activities available to celebrate the farming life, with the best rewards being their delicious baked goods and refreshing cider. It is the perfect spot to fill up at the end of a full-on adventure weekend.