Guests of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada were treated to guided tours of bush planes Sunday afternoon.

The planes have a significant history in Manitoba.

At the turn of the 20th century -- bush pilots helped map out northern Canada.

“No one ever went up in to northern Canada because there was no purpose to go up in to northern Canada. There was a lot of snow and a lot of bush, and a lot of rivers and lakes, but what happened is they discovered uranium and they discovered copper and nickel, the gold rush, fur trading, so they knew they had to map northern Canada,” said Gerry Suski, a tour guide at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.

Planes retired from use and recovered from crashes were on display for visitors.

The tours run every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Tours are free with admission.