Mr. Ellis designed the Centre in the 1990’s and we are now in the midst of designing its first major expansion. All the images on this page are in-house 3D renderings of what the new Centre will look like once complete.

This interpretative centre was designed to depict the role of the airplane opening up the north. It also defines the northern experience and heritage, with its relationship to aviation. This stems from fire fighting, mining exploration, transportation and medical services used to open up the north. The displays are educational and informative tools that explain how aircraft were used as a means to this end.

The project is sited at the existing hangar which was used by the Ministry of Natural Resources to build, service and repair fire fighting aircraft since the 1920’s. This building is considered to be an important part of aviation history and as such, is considered to be as much an exhibit, as are the aircraft and artifacts housed within.