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Pembroke Airport 50th anniversary celebrations

By Celina Ip

Siblings Kierra and Ellis Shields sit in the front of a CL-415 water bomber.

Siblings Kierra and Ellis Shields sit in the front of a CL-415 water bomber.

The Pembroke and Area Airport has provided 50 years of aviation to the region.


Since being founded in 1968, the airport has been proudly serving the Upper Ottawa Valley with flight services and one of the longest runways in Eastern Ontario.

According to data collected by the Pembroke and Area Airport Commission, there are over 4,800 aircraft movements every year at the airport – which range from life-saving air ambulance services to providing flight opportunities to over 100 local businesses.

With 2018 marking the airport’s historic 50th anniversary, the Pembroke and Area Airport Commission has planned a few events to honour the milestone.

Pilots and the general public are invited to attend a monthly breakfast that will be held from May to October.

The dates are May 19, June 16, July 14, August 25, September 29 and October 20. Breakfast is $15 per person and runs 9:30am to 12:30pm. Maven Catering of Deep River is providing the breakfast.

“This was an initiative brought forth by local pilots who thought the region could benefit from additional air traffic by offering a breakfast. If successful, the Airport will look at hosting breakfasts in 2019,” said Jennifer Layman, marketing coordinator with the Pembroke and Area Airport.

After a successful Canada 150 fly-in event last September, the Pembroke and Area Airport will be hosting a Fall Fly-In this year to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The free event will feature a variety of aircraft, aviation-related activities and food. This year, local libraries have been invited to participate and provide an aviation experience for children attending. There will also be giveaways and a cake celebrating the anniversary, as well as a chance to win a foot of runway.

Along with joining in on these 50th anniversary celebrations, the community can support their local airport by donating to the Project Runway campaign.

It was last October that the Pembroke and Area Airport officially launched their Project Runway campaign.

The purpose of the campaign was to seek the community’s financial support in order to rebuild the airport’s aged runway.

With 5,000 feet of runway and a cost of $250 per foot, the campaign’s ultimate goal was to raise $1.25 million to repave the runway.

By April 23, six months after the launch date, the campaign achieved 10 per cent its fundraising goal by selling 500 feet of runway and raising $125,119, thanks to 51 generous donors.

“Donors have ranged from local individuals and businesses, other Canadian provinces and the United States,” said Layman. “At this pace, the Airport is on track to meet their fundraising goal of $1.25 million in five years.”

For further details on the 50th anniversary celebrations and for those interested in making a donation to the Project Runway Campaign, contact 613-732-7774 and visit 

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