White River Air’s History

White River Air was founded by Stan Deluce in 1951, with the purchase of a single Stinson Aircraft. Stan soon realized that he was able to combine his love for flying with his passion for fishing and hunting. The small Bush Flying Operation grew fast and soon expanded to multiple bases with a fleet of over 25 Aircraft, including Beavers, Otters and Cessna’s. In the 70’s Stan moved on to purchase several successful major commercial airlines and was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame for his accomplishments.

From 1976-1986 White River resident Jack Dicks operated the business form the Tukanee Lake airbase as White River Air and continued the traditional fishing and hunting trips out of White River, ON.

In 1986 Don and Marcella MacLachlan purchased White River Air to better service their two established lodges on Esnagi Lake. The MacLachlan’s quickly realized that the air service was a great fit for their family along with the addition of the Outpost Cabins.

Dan MacLachlan with his love for flying, fishing and hunting has been with the air service since 1990. With his wife Brandi and two children, the family is happy to greet guests and assist in the planning of their vacation.

The Maclachlan’s are steadily making improvements to the air service and their outpost cabins. They strive to provide their guests with top notch air transportation and the best fishing and hunting packages in the business. White River Air currently operates 1 Turbine Otter and 3 de-Havilland Beavers.