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Are We There Yet – Zombies and Bushplanes, Sault St Marie, Ontario

What do you do with that pocketful of rocks, pinecones and shells your little one’s collected? If you’re in Sault St. Marie, Ontario, take them to the Canadian Bushplane Museum. Not only are dozens of historic planes on display, but Sudbury’s Science North set up a Northern Nature Trading Post inside the children’s centre where kids can trade ‘found’ items for points and learn something. The caveat: no eggs, dead animals or living plants…nothing nature still needs.

Furthermore, if you’re nurturing a budding pilot, visiting the Canadian Bushplane Museum might fuel the dream. Thanks to determined volunteers maintaining these planes that once fought forest fires and transported supplies (and people) to remote locations, visitors can walk among and even board restored heritage aircraft, noting the diversity in size, style and even technology.

Thanks to the Children’s Centre, this isn’t a look-but-don’t-touch experience. Arcade-style gaming consoles keep little hands busy. Kids can sit in real airplane cockpits, turn dials and even experience flight simulation through three different Northern Ontario journeys.

Sault Ste. Marie, a six-hour drive from London through Michigan, is near the beautiful Group of Seven inspiring landscape along Lake Superior’s shores. Fall colours were invented here. If you happen to be in the area for Halloween, check out the Canadian Bushplane Museum’s 10th annual Soo Zombie Walk event October 19, 2019 – fun during the day but scary after 7 pm. www.bushplane.com

Sherri Telenko is a freelance writer and blogger living in Southern Ontario. Sign up for travel ideas at www.dogtrotting.net or follow her on twitter @SherriTelenko.


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