WINNIPEG — The Western Canada Aviation Museum has gone Royal with a designation from Queen Elizabeth II.
The Ferry Road museum is now known as the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada after an official ceremony on Friday.
“Canada’s aviation history and heritage are rooted in Winnipeg — from the early bush flying pioneers to the birth of Canada’s national airlines,” said Shirley Render, the museum’s executive director.
The Queen first helped to open the museum in October 1984, showcasing Canada’s rich history in the aviation industry dating back centuries.
The museum, with the help of volunteers, has retrieved and restored aircraft from the sides of mountains and the bottom of lakes in the far north.
Only three other Royal designations exist in Manitoba under the prestigious title. They are the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Royal Winter Fair in Brandon.