The first controlled flight in the British Empire in a heavier-than air machine, called the Silver Dart, took place in Baddeck. The airplane was flown by Douglas McCurdy, who had worked with Alexander Graham Bell’s Aerial Experiment Association when they had designed the machine. He flew it off the ice of Bras d’Or Lakes. (Photo credit:  J.A.D. McCurdy piloting the Silver Dart  over Baddeck Bay — the first airplane flight in Canada, 23 February 1909.)