22nd Annual Bushplane Days Festival draws thousands

Bushplane Days 2017

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre drew thousands of people to its location along the Sault’s waterfront over the weekend, Sept. 16 and 17, 2017 for The 22nd Annual Bushplane Days Festival.

The sound of a waterbomber aircraft is unmistakable, and crowds were treated to a magnificent display of the majesty that is, The Canadian Bushplane.

With a tip of the wing and several fly-overs, spectators could witness the awesome power of the iconic Canadian aircraft, The Waterbomber. On Saturday afternoon a Bombardier CL-415 registered to the Province Of Ontario, Ministry Of Natural Resources demonstrated its’ capability along the waterfront in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The aircraft has been fitted with turbine engines.

The MNRF’s EC-130 Helicopter also demonstrated aerial firefighting with the basket drop.

There were activities galore for families to take in. Bouncy Castles, music, Marvel Comic characters, The Bugs of Entomica, Riding the Rails, Face painting, Aerial Obstacle Course, Information booths, food, and of course – exploring the large indoor aircraft collection.

SaultOnline checked out Northern Nature Trading (NNT). NNT is a nature exchange outreach programme through Science North. Established in 1984, NNT began as a way for rockhounds and geologists to share information.  Through the evolution of the programme, minerals and natural items from the earth continue to be traded – research continues to evolve through collaboration with scientists, the physical world, and citizen engagement. NNT is the perfect way for citizen scientists  to get involved.

Holly Harten and Mike Gualtieri were kept busy at Bushplane Days, where seedlings were offered to potential environmental- activator – tree – planters. Harten spoke with SaultOnline about Northern Nature Trading, a permanent space in the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.

“A person can bring in something they’ve found. Anything collected in nature.” she said. Harten explained that, any and all helpful information about the item (eg. where it was found) that is submitted, allows for more points to be received by the person. Accumulated points can be traded in for various items through Northern Nature Trading collection.

“Leaves, rocks, acorns minerals, fossils, pine coins – literally anything collected in nature. We set you up with a ‘bank account’ and you collect points until you have enough acquired to buy something from the museum’s collection.” said Harten.

“Everything in our collection is real. NNT is a collaboration between scientists and citizen scientists to grow collections.”

“Dynamic Earth and Science North, as well as other science institutes across the north are all networked together.” said Harten. “Scientists use collections for research.”

Harten stated that a new partnership with Kiwanis Lakeshore is coming soon.  “Kiwanis Corner – which will anchor the exhibit at Bushplane Heritage Centre.”

Check out Northern Nature Trading on the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Website here: