November 15, 2018

Former Air Museum Finds Landing Site


The Toronto Aerospace Museum had been without a home since leaving Downsview airport (CYZD) in 2013 when their lease was terminated so the site could be repurposed for other development. In that storied building Tiger Moths were built during World War II, as well as prototypes of the DHC-1 Chipmunk trainer and the DHC-2 Beaver.

But in a recent announcement, the museum revealed is has found a new home at Edenvale airport, (CNV8), about 100 kilometres northwest of Toronto, and truckloads of aircraft and related equipment are already being delivered to the new location.

A highlight of the new museum will certainly be their full-scale mock-up of the Avro Arrow, due to be transferred from its temporary storage site at Toronto/Pearson airport (CYYZ) at a date yet to be announced.

Edenvale was initially an emergency relief airfield opened in 1940 by the RCAF in support of pilot training that was taking place at nearby RCAF Camp Borden. The post-war years saw the airfield essentially abandoned until it was reactivated by local businessman Milan Kroupa Sr. in 2004.  Since then, it has been hosting vintage aircraft fly-ins held annually at its ‘Gathering of the Classics’, attracting thousands of spectators.

The museum will open under the new name of Canadian Air & Space Conservancy.