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“Let The Aviation Museum Take A Flight To Your Fancy!”
Review of BC Aviation Museum

BC Aviation Museum
Ranked #4 of 27 things to do in Sidney
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 17 July 2014

I didn't know this museum existed, until a few nights before our visit to Sidney, when it was featured on a television programme. Great, since we're going to be there, might as well check it out! We did. Not disappointing at all. Staff were amused to learn of how we found out about the museum.
Hard to say if there were any highlights. It was all a highlight, especially going to the restoration hangar. All planes are beautifully restored. Of course, as our friendly, informative guide pointed out, there's always more to do and they'd love to expand. Will you come back, when we do? He asked me.
As a pilot and aviation instructor, he had been a founder of the Snowbirds and was able to give us tremendous insight into his world. One he holds very dear.
There's an area dedicated to the Avro Arrow, another to the Snowbirds. It's all a wonder and worth spending time there. It went by very quickly for us. We hadn't got time, therefore, to go to the gift shop. On another visit perhaps.
The volunteers and those who've helped make this place a reality, have done an excellent job.
After an informative few hours, it was well past time for lunch. Our guide recommended the former aviation diner as a place to grab a bite of very good food. It was a fitting end to the afternoon.
Thanks Badger. We will be back.
*Wheelchairs can get around most of the areas inside the museum, but they won't be able to mount steps to see inside planes, for obvious reasons.

Thank Lynne F
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

After visiting several aviation museums in the USA, this one does not focus on warbirds but on Canadian aviation history. Two hanger stuffed with planes, some helicopters, models and other displays and its over crowded for my liking. Tough to get good photos and lacking in aircraft. They operate on a very small budget and have done an amazing job getting this museum to where it is now. Congratulations to all the volunteers but thedy really need to find a major sponsor or supporter to add to the collection. Should have a CF86 Sabre, CF104 Starfighter , CF100 Canuck and what about a Beaver or a Seaking helicopter. Regardless, its worth the visit

Thank Buddi2365
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Got there way too early on a freezing morning. I was standing in the carpark when an elderly gentleman arrived. He enquired as to why I was standing there in shorts , to which I replied 'I'm a mad Aussie and too early". He promptly took me under his wing and I got a private tour of the entire facility !! Talk about lucky. Lyle is a retired jet fighter veteran and a huge fount of aircraft knowledge. We walked and talked and turned on lights and unlocked doors for the hordes that would follow. The planes were great and I strolled through a Vickers Viscount and countless other examples. The Memorial room was a poignant reminder of the futility of war , very moving.The highlight was I got taken into the Restoration Hangar and met a very talented group of men (Volunteers all) all working with the one goal , to conserve & restore History for others to enjoy. The gift shop was also a treat as I found a 633 Squadron book i have looked for the past 30 yrs or so !! Happy Days & Thanks Lyle for a special memory, Cheers Mate !!

Thank Skeney57
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Sometimes a great opportunity to meet the people who are dedicated to restoring historical aircraft. Usually not crowded and small enough to be a manageable couple of hours visit. Very interesting display of a variety of aircraft and other vehicles of historical significance to the area. Great pub restaurant across the street: Mary's Blue Moon.

Thank Don071
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Reviewed 9 February 2014 via mobile

Well worth a visit. We had a tour guide who was extremely knowledgable on all the aircraft in the hangers. Takes about 1 hour. Some very cool planes

Thank Terry L
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