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Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

The town of Gander was once known as the “Crossroads of the World,” due to its perfectly positioned airport. Once the largest on earth, with runways big enough to land the space shuttle, it was a strategic location for refuelling and a bustling centre during wartimes. In more recent years, it was this very airport that made its community the focal point for human kindness and generosity. And that intense goodwill extends beyond the town limits. Learn more about this story as you explore beautiful towns like Dover, Hare Bay and others; a story that continues to be shared far and wide.

In the pioneering days of air travel after the Second World War, it wasn’t possible to make the journey from North America to Europe without a refueling stop at the Gander airport. This strategic location meant investment and maintenance well after longer-range jets could make the flight without stopping by.

Once a hotspot for people-watching (Sinatra apparently had a drink at the bar, and Castro was known to stop by on his way to Moscow), the airport is a time capsule of a particular 1950s design aesthetic, and considered a valuable piece of Canada’s architectural heritage.

Nearby, the North Atlantic Aviation Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting stories and artifacts highlighting Gander’s participation in the development of transatlantic aviation. Learn more about Gander’s role as strategic base during WWII, how the town earned the nickname “Crossroads of the World”, and hear the story of Gander’s unexpected visitors following the tragic events of 9/11

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