The Boundary Bay Airport Heritage Hangar is a large framed, bow-arched structure valued as a rare surviving Canadian example of a hangar design from World War II and a symbol of the Nation's wartime experience. The interior features a large clear-span space, open throughout, with full-height sliding doors that allow each end to be completely opened. As the surrounding farmland is flat, this enormous structure is prominent throughout the area.
Built in 1944, the Heritage Hangar is located on a 194 hectare property purchased by the Federal Government for a Royal Canadian Air Force Training School. During WWII, Boundary Bay Airport was a key military training base for more than 5,000 students who were trained on aircraft such as Kittyhawk, Mitchell, and Liberator. The distinctive bow-arched roof, as well as the structure's overall enormous size, has made this Second World War-era hangar a highly visible landmark for the community. Such hangars are increasingly rare, as they are vulnerable to fire and many are redundant for modern airport use.
The Heritage Hangar Restoration Project at Boundary Bay Airport involved replacing the entire roof, multiple structural columns, and windows on the main doors of the Heritage Hangar. The main doors were also repainted and the mechanism to open and close the doors was refurbished. The approximately $2 million project was fully funded by the strategic sale of land at Boundary Bay Airport, allowing the sale proceeds to be reinvested into airport upgrades. Since the Heritage Hangar is actively used for storage, this restoration was important to preserve the heritage structure as well as for the continued economic success of Boundary Bay Airport.
As part of 2019 Heritage Week celebrations, Heritage BC announced the City of Delta as a recipient of a Recognition Award in the area of Heritage Conservation, for the Heritage Hangar Restoration Project at Boundary Bay Airport.