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 escaped to Canada to train as
pilots and aircrew before returning to the battlefields
The National Historic Sites and
Monuments Board of Canada has designated Norwegian
Training in Canada during the World War II an event of
national historical significance. Attached letter
Minister of Canadian Heritage.
standard plaque has been erected on a stone near the Air
Terminal Building at Muskoka Airport it reads:
"NORWEGIAN TRAINING IN CANADA DURING THE SECOND WORLD
near here, Little Norway, one of the Norwegian armed
forces training centres in Canada during the Second
World War, was officially opened by Crown Prince Olav in
May 1942. It embodies for Canadians the importance
of the alliance of nations fighting for freedom.
Between 1940 and 1945 more than 3,000 Norwegian airmen,
sailors and soldiers and up to 3,000 merchant seamen and
civilians trained in Canada for the struggle to liberate
their occupied homeland. The strong bond between
the two countries, forged in the experience of those
years, has become a symbol of Canada's continuing
friendship with its wartime allies.
Sites and Monuments Board of Canada - Government of
Additional information respecting this historic event is available
Parks Canada News Release - Announcement of the
Supplementary Report - Historic Sites and Monuments
Board of Canada - Commemoration of Norwegian Training in
Canada during the Second World War.