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Muskoka Airport
– WMO: 71630
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator District Municipality of Muskoka
Serves District Municipality of Muskoka
Location Gravenhurst, Ontario
Elevation AMSL 922 ft / 281 m
Coordinates 44°58′30″N 079°18′14″W / 44.975°N 79.30389°W / 44.975; -79.30389Coordinates: 44°58′30″N 079°18′14″W / 44.975°N 79.30389°W / 44.975; -79.30389

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Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 2,199 670 Turf
18/36 6,000 1,829 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft movements 16,417
Source: Canada Flight Supplement[1]
Environment Canada[2]
Movements from Statistics Canada.[3]

Map of the runway.

Muskoka Airport (IATA: YQA, ICAO: CYQA) is located 4 nautical miles (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) south of Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada.

The airport is classified as an airport of entry by Nav Canada and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on a call-out basis from the Toronto Island Airport. CBSA officers at this airport can handle general aviation aircraft only, with no more than 15 passengers.[1]


The airport was opened in 1936 as Reay Airport and renamed to the current name in 1938.[4][5]

Plaque describing Norwegian training at Muskoka

From 1942 to end of World War II, it served as a training facility for the Royal Norwegian Air Force. Known as "Little Norway", it replaced the Toronto Island Airport as their main training base in Canada.[4] The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) used this as an auxiliary airfield to CFB Borden during World War II.

Military use ended and the airport transferred to Department of Transport (DOT). The airport has been owned by the District Municipality of Muskoka since 1996.

Plaque commemorating dedication of the memorial

During the mid 20th century the airport was an emergency landing facility for Trans Canada Airlines and the RCAF.

The airport is used by general aviation, charters and other operators:

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations 
FlyGTA Toronto–Billy Bishop
Charter: St. Catharines/Niagara

Porter Airlines Seasonal: Toronto–Billy Bishop[6]


Airlines Destinations 
SkyLink Express Hamilton, North Bay


  1. 1.0 1.1 Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
  2. Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
  3. Total aircraft movements by class of operation
  4. 4.0 4.1 History
  5. McGrath, T.M. (1992). History of Canadian Airports (2nd ed.). Ottawa: Lugus Publications in co-operation with Transport Canada. ISBN 0-921633-11-4. 
  6. "Porter to offer flights to Muskoka starting this summer". City News. 2019-03-25. 

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