The first airstrip in Powell River was built in the 1940’s in Lang Bay by Roy Brett, a west coast aviation pioneer. From this private strip he operated his two Fleet Canuck aircraft.

Roy along with some other pilots and businessmen later formed the Powell River Aero Club and constructed the airport in it’s current location in Westview, which opened in 1953. Roy in his well-loved CF-DPG made the first landing at the new Powell River airport.

Airport Opening Day

This Consolidated PBY-5A Canso arrived for the grand opening for the Powell River airport.

Roy Brett

Roy Brett, the man who first brought aviation to Powell River came here (originally from Chilliwack) for the logging industry. Roy’s three daughters, Elaine, Bev and June were some of the first pilots in Powell River.


Aerobatic pilot Frank Geelan with his Harvard at a Powell River airshow. Frank was an honorary lifetime member of the WFC.

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