Quinte, On. real estate agent: RCAF Memorial Museum in Trenton

RCAF Memorial Museum in Trenton

trentonOne of the more noticable things about Trenton is that it's an airforce town. It's hard not to notice the fighter jet mounted on a pole in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn as soon as you exit the 401 on Glen Miller Road. It's also pretty hard to miss another jet mounted on a pole outside our local arena.

It's harder yet to miss the massive airforce base on highway 2 in the east end of Trenton. It covers quite a few square miles. There's also another pretty big base just south of Trenton in Prince Edward County called Mountainview. I really have no idea what goes on there. I'm probably not supposed to.

C.F.B. Trenton has a museum dedicated to the Royal Canadian Airforce, and even though I'm generally not a museum aficionado, I must admit, it's a pretty neat place. I would say that it would be a perfect place to stop for people on a roadtrip along the 401 who happen to have two squabbling boys in the car. There's not a boy in the world who wouldn't be interested in what this museum has on display.

Along with some interesting displays inside the building, there's a neat walkway outside where you can walk past about 20 retired planes on display. These planes range from old transport aircraft to some pretty sleek fighter jets.

For me, the most interesting display is the Canadian Handley Page Halifax bomber which was shot down in Norway by the Germans during World War II, and was brought up from a fjord in 1995. They are working hard to restore this beauty back to its original glory. Once completed it will be the only such airplane in existence. Here's a link to some photographs of this beauty.

Whether you are a plane buff or not, the RCAF Memorila museum is definitely something worth checking out in Trenton.

Comment balloon 5 commentsMalcolm Johnston • May 22 2011 06:25PM


Malcolm, my son is starting to get interested in planes... perhaps a trip to Trenton is in the cards in the near future.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

I was surprised to find out that rescues in Toronto Harbour etc. are by helicopters that fly out of Trenton.

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) about 8 years ago

Chris, I'm sure he would enjoy it. Perhaps when the air show is on you could bring him down. It's very exciting.

Brian, the Search and Rescue (SAR) runs right of C.F.B. Trenton and covers all of Southern Ontario and parts of Quebec. Those guys get in the air in a heart beat's notice.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 8 years ago

Hi Malcolm...great post, love second World War History especially Canadian.

I'm listing a 1910 Arts and Craft Home next month and the owners Father served on the "HMS Hood", and she has a Photo of the HMS Hood framed on the wall.

It would be interesting if we found an Avro Arrow Jet fighter, ...haa. She was the most advanced Jet Fighter in the World, most of the Canadian Engineers went to Work at the US Space program

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Hi Fred, they do have several small scale models of the Arrow at the museum. Too bad Canada didn't follow through with this project.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 8 years ago