Connecting Canadian communities across this vast country, bush pilots are resourceful and dedicated people who, from the beginning, have helped develop and unite this great land. Providing supplies, mail, transport, emergency flights and a whole lot more, they are and will forever be part of Canada's identity. Discover some of their stories during these fun-filled holiday programs, including a new NFB documentary about Johnny May, a famous bush pilot.
At 11 am in the theatre
Discover a Nunavik holiday tradition. During this aviation adventure, children learn about some Inuit customs, participate in a candy drop while learning about famous Inuk bush pilot Johnny May and his unique way of sharing the holiday spirit.
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At noon and 2 p.m. in the theatre
Johnny May is the first Inuit bush pilot in Nunavik—and a legend among his people. During the 34,000 hours of flight time he's logged, May has lived through adventures worthy of the novels of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and has had an extraordinary view of transformation in the Arctic from his perch in the sky. The Wings of Johnny May is a documentary that sweeps us into the northern skies to discover a unique culture through the eyes of a Canadian national hero who is an inspiration to young people, especialy Inuit youth. Recommended for persons aged 12 and up (Duration 84 minutes)
From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Carved into large soapstone slabs by artists Ernie Kadloo and Suzanne Walsh, these winter scenes depict early bush flights along the coast of Hudson Bay during the last century.
At 2 p.m.
Sip some hot chocolate by the fire and enjoy adventure stories about famous bush pilots Wop May, Romeo Vachon, Johnny May and others.
From 10 a.m. to noon
Collect rubber stamps of first day covers from the late 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, reproduced from the Museum archives. Originally commissioned by Canada Post, this activity features different communities across Canada in the early days of airmail delivery.
At 1 p.m.
Help deliver mail throughout the Museum, and learn more about the aircraft involved in airmail delivery.
From 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Children ages 6 and up can create and assemble their own scrapbook filled with images and stories of some of Canada's bush pilots.
December 28 at 1 p.m. in the theatre
Philippe works in a theatre preparing to host a major international conference. While getting things ready, however, he is constantly distracted — especially by an overwhelming desire to act. He pretends to be a guest speaker, plays with a diabolo, and acts as a video producer—all for the love of performance and play.
Regular schedule: Wednesday to Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays except statutory and school holidays.
Closed Christmas Day. Open New Year’s Day.
Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways.