Ontario’s Cornwall Regional Airport celebrates 50 years of aviation

A light twin aircraft parked at Cornwall Regional Airport, Ontario
Photo Credit: Cornwall Regional Airport

Nestled in the heart of Ontario, the Cornwall Regional Airport is gearing up for a momentous celebration that promises to transport visitors through five glorious decades of aviation history.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, the airport is set to host a community extravaganza to commemorate its golden anniversary.

Whether you’re a local resident or a curious traveler, this event is an invitation to revel in the skies.

A Golden Celebration

The Cornwall Regional Airport’s 50th-anniversary bash promises something of a trip down memory taxiway.

Taking place at the Cornwall Aviation building within the airport premises, the festivities kick off at 1 p.m. and continue until 4 p.m. on Saturday September 30.


The event promises a day filled with aviation-themed entertainment, informative displays, exciting photo opportunities, and the chance to meet and greet experienced pilots.

One of the highlights of this celebration is the official ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. Amidst the celebratory atmosphere, you’ll have the chance to witness classic airplanes on display, weather permitting.

These aircraft, reminiscent of a bygone era, include Second World War vintage planes and a deHavilland DHC1 Chipmunk, a Royal Canadian Air Force trainer that hails from the 1950s.

Remembering the Chipmunk

The Chipmunk holds a special place in the airport’s history, as it was one of four aircraft owned by Stefan Toczyski. He was the visionary whose dream laid the foundation for the Cornwall Regional Airport back in 1973.

Toczyski, a Second World War veteran, immigrated to Canada and embarked on a remarkable journey. He not only established a thriving engineering firm but also nurtured his passion for flying, which ultimately led to the birth of the airport we know today.

Photo: Alan Wilson , CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

From Family-Owned to Community Treasure

Situated just east of Cornwall in Summerstown, the Cornwall Regional Airport had humble beginnings as a family-owned operation.

However, in 1984, it transitioned into a municipal airport, receiving vital support from both the Ontario City of Cornwall and the Township of South Glengarry.

This transition marked a pivotal moment in the airport’s history, setting it on a trajectory of growth and development that continues to this day.


The 50th-anniversary celebration offers residents and visitors a unique opportunity to explore the Ontario Cornwall Regional Airport up close and personal.

Steve Small, the airport manager, emphasizes that it’s a chance to discover the myriad offerings of this vibrant aviation hub.

From its history-rich past to its cutting-edge present, the airport has much to offer to aviation enthusiasts and curious minds alike.

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