Norwegian Training in Canada during the Second World War National Historic Event

Gravenhurst, Ontario
Norwegian Training in Canada during the Second World War © Expired
Norwegian Training in Canada during the Second Wor
© Expired
Norwegian Training in Canada during the Second World War © ExpiredNorwegian Training in Canada during the Second World War © Parks Canada
Address : 1011 Airport Road off Gravenhurst Parkway, Gravenhurst, Ontario

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 2001-10-17

Other Name(s):
  • Norwegian Training in Canada during the Second World War  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 1998-054, June 2001 OB-11

Importance: Illustrates the importance of the Alliance of free nations with armed forces from occupied Europe against the Axis

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque: Muskoka Airport Terminal building 1011 Airport Road off Gravenhurst Parkway, Gravenhurst, Ontario

Located 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 Canadas continuing friendship with its wartime allies.