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“Not Major Tom , But Major Lyle RCAF (Ret)”
Review of BC Aviation Museum

BC Aviation Museum
Ranked #4 of 26 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: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed April 10, 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 March 12, 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 February 9, 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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Reviewed November 29, 2013

Very instructive close-up of aircraft from World War 11 (and even earlier). Most have been lovingly restored. Also a variety of other types of airplanes. Small gift shop. Museum staffed by knowledgeable people, many of whom have worked to restore the exhibits. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank marjedan
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a wonderful little aviation museum, run by a group of dedicated, engaging volunteers one of whom will happily guide your visit with all the knowledge and passion he can muster. As the subject line states ... "It is definitely worth a visit"

Thank Ralph H
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