Another general aviation airport in Canada was in serious risk of closing!
The local township had for sale the Sundridge South River Airport in central Ontario (CPE6). This beautiful rural gem of a facility was in jeopardy and rumored to be made into a solar farm or possibly a race track.
A small group of aviation enthusiasts came forward at the brink of the closure and successfully purchased the lands that hold the airport. The motivation was and is to keep the 85 year old facility just that, an airport, to serve the local communities and remain a haven for general aviation pilots.
It truly is a gem in the world of grass roots (pun intended) GA. airfields. Located 5 minutes off highway 11 just north of Muskoka beside the towns of Sundridge and South River, and only an approximate short one hour flight from Toronto. Built in 1933 this airfield has a colourful past which includes Amelia Earhart and Norwegian WW11 pilot trainees.
This natural landing field boasts two very hard packed dry sandy soil turf runways. Covered in thin grass, it is extremely fast draining and has the feel of landing on asphalt with the ambiance of landing on a rural grass field. The main runway being a comfortable 3200 ft long and 100 ft wide.
Our mission, as new owners, is to make this airport a welcome haven for GA pilots and their airplanes and increase the participation of GA pilots in the area. In the last few years there has been more activity here from wild turkeys and moose than airplanes. A fun and easy place to fly to for all GA pilots that has the feel of being in the North country but a short hop from Toronto and other centres in Ontario.
All are welcome!
Come visit us and lets see the airplanes outnumber the turkeys this summer!!!