The Bush Pilots: A Pictorial History of a Canadian Phenomenon


224 pages
Contains Photos, Index
ISBN 0-7710-3245-5
DDC 629.13'0971





Reviewed by Peter Henderson

Peter Henderson teaches history at Douglas College in New Westminster,
British Columbia.


This book is much more than a pictorial history, although the
illustrations are excellent. (I doubt that many of them have been
published often before, and several are pleasing in their own right,
apart from the subject matter.) The book provides a balanced account of
aviation in a uniquely Canadian setting, beginning with the pioneers
(veterans of World War I) and continuing to the present (Max Ward,
founder of Wardair, which was recently taken over by Canadian Airlines).

There are minor deficiencies—for example the irrelevant account of
Canadian flying in World War I, and a misspelling of the airfield at St.
Omer used at that time. However, overall it is a worthwhile addition to
any collection dealing with Canadian aviation.


Foster, J.A., “The Bush Pilots: A Pictorial History of a Canadian Phenomenon,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed December 5, 2023,