Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum was a project of passion, fuelled by the drive of two friends with a vision to honour the amazing history of Canada’s military air force.

With almost 50 aircraft and fascinating displays of detailed historic events, the Warplane Museum has become a significant cultural attraction.

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is in Mt Hope, outside Hamilton, not far from the Hamilton International Airport and less than an hour drive from downtown Toronto.

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The best way to learn is to engage and interact and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum delivers with hands-on experiences.

In addition to serving as a military history museum, the site is a collection of stories, displays, artifacts and of course, planes. The fleet of aircraft is one of the most extensive in Canada, from an early biplane to the modern jet. Each of these has been carefully restored by a team of engineers. Each machine has a story, and an individual personality. Detailed displays through the museum share historic events from Canada’s history, from experiences flying during wartime to the fate of warplanes after combat.

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 brave Canadian men and women.

Step up your experience and add a joy flight in a vintage aircraft to your entry ticket, as this is the only place in the world where you can fly in an Avro Lancaster bomber. 

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.

If the Canadian Warplanes left you with a thirst for speed, head to Cameron Speedway & Amusements in Mt Hope. After soaring with the warplanes, you can fly around the public go-kart track and check out the local rookie racing league.

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is close to the popular hiking trail to Webster Falls, part of the Waterfalls of Hamilton.

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.

Last updated: August 18, 2023

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