The Air Defence Museum is the only museum dedicated to the history of military aviation in Quebec; in fact it is the only museum of francophone military aviation in Eastern North America. It is also the only place in Canada where the doors of the military base are open to the general public through guided tours of 3 Wing during regular military working hours.
Since 1997, the Air Defence Museum has held several major exhibitions, including the old permanent exhibition, From fliers to fighter pilots: the history of Canadian Air Defence. Temporary exhibitions round out the museum experience: The medals and ranks in the Canadian Armed Forces (1997 - 1999), 3 Wing in Kosovo (2000), Helicopter Operations in Bagotville (2007), The Centennial of Canadian Military Aviation (2009), The Battle of Britain (2010), The Magicians of the Wild Blue Yonder (2011), At Dawn, An Alouette (2012-2013) and Scourge of War (2014).
The museum has amassed a large collection of artefacts from the military aviation world and has more than a dozen aircraft that have marked Canada's military history, including the DH-100 Vampire, the F-86 Sabre, the Vertol H-21 helicopter, and the Soviet MiG-23 donated to the museum by the Czech Republic. The collection now has over 7000 artefacts and a library of nearly 3000 books on aviation.
Today, the Museum is recognized by its peers as an institution with a quality product and whose fame goes beyond the borders of Quebec. The museum is unique in Quebec, helping future generations to see and better understand the issues facing our country and its achievements in contributing to the peace process around the world.
Prizes and recognition
- Official recognition by the Department of National Defence of Canada in 1997: after three years of operation, the museum was ranked 8th of the 61 existing Canadian military museums;
Honourable mention of the jury during the event Grands Prix du Tourisme québécois for the excellence of its presentation in 2000;
Favourite Jury Grands Prix du Tourisme québécois, Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean 2014.