World War II, the Muskoka Airport, referred to as
"Little Norway", was used as a training facility by the
Royal Norwegian Air Force. Throughout the war,
hundreds of Norwegians travelled to Canada to train as
pilots and aircrew before returning to the battlefields
of Europe. The National Historic Sites and
Monuments Board of Canada has recognized "Little Norway"
in Muskoka as a National Historic Event.
Information respecting this historic event is available
District Municipality of Muskoka has worked closely with
Norway, Canada and the Royal Canadian Legion to design
and construct a memorial at
the Muskoka Airport. The purpose of the project is
twofold; to recognize the historical significance of the
Royal Norwegian Air Force training program in Muskoka
during World War II and to establish a new cultural
heritage attraction at the airport.
The purpose of the Little
Norway Memorial is to
commemorate the lives and sacrifices of those that
trained at "Little Norway" ensuring that their legacy will
not be forgotten and to provide understanding and
appreciation of the long-standing and continuing
connections between Norway and Canada.
Greystone Project Management
Inc. of Huntsville designed and constructed
the 3,000 square foot facility used jointly with the Air Terminal Building at the Muskoka Airport.
Canada, through FedNor and Norway, have provided
funding for the project and Muskoka has provided the
land for the project. The opening of the Little
Norway Memorial and Air Terminal is scheduled for 12:00
p.m. on September 25, 2007. The Prime Minister of
Norway and approximately 60 Norwegian veterans will be
attending the opening ceremonies.