Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 143 years

Historic Sites of Manitoba: James A. Richardson Commemorative Plaque (Lac du Bonnet)

This plaque was erected in memory of James A. Richardson, who founded Western Canadian Airways Limited on 2 December 1926 and its successor company, Canadian Airways Limited, in 1930. These airlines eventually operated from coast to coast in Canada and north to the Arctic. In the spring of 1927, the first commercial air base in Manitoba was established at Lac du Bonnet by Western Canada Airways Limited. Because of its close proximity to Winnipeg, this site was chosen as the most suitable location from which to operate a commercial seaplane air service to the isolated central Manitoba mining areas.

James A. Richardson Commemorative Plaque

James A. Richardson Commemorative Plaque (August 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.25592, W96.05852
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: James Armstrong Richardson (1885-1939)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bush Pilots of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario (Lac du Bonnet)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: First Airmail Flight in Manitoba (Lac du Bonnet)


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 January 2021

Historic Sites of Manitoba

This is a collection of historic sites in Manitoba compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Browse lists of:
Museums/Archives | Buildings | Monuments | Cemeteries | Locations | Other

Please note that inclusion in this collection does not mean that a particular site has special status or protection. Some sites are on private property and permission must be secured from the owner prior to visiting.

Site information is provided by the Manitoba Historical Society as a free public service only for non-commercial purposes.

Send corrections and additions to this page
to the MHS Webmaster at

Search Tips | Suggest an Historic Site | FAQ

Help us keep
history alive!

MHS YouTube Channel

Back to top of page

For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations

© 1998-2022 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.