After Germany invaded Norway during World War II, the Royal Norwegian Air Force took refuge in Canada to rebuild. Young Norwegian exiles came to the “Little Norway” training camps in Toronto and Muskoka, keen to learn flight skills and return to battle the Germans overseas.

This is the true story of the Royal Norwegian Air Force training camps located in Canada during World War II. It’s a tale of the courageous young Norwegians who endured dangerous escapes from their homeland to come to “Little Norway” in Toronto and Muskoka, Ontario. There, they learned flight skills and returned overseas to battle Nazi fighter planes and enemy submarines— and excelled. In 1943, one of the Norwegian squadrons was named the top-scoring Allied fighter squadron in all of Britain’s Royal Air Force.

“Canadians can be proud of their country’s assistance to Norway during a very dark hour. Canada permitted the air force training camps to locate in Ontario, and included Norwegian pilots in British Commonwealth advanced flight training courses,” Andrea Baston explained. “Friendships grew between the Norwegian airmen and Canadian citizens—sometimes leading to marriage.”

Evocative photographs and photographic editing provided by Candis Jones help bring the story to life.

“Exile Air tells a true, inspiring story from Norway’s and Canada’s history, more significant than ever during Canada’s 150th anniversary year. This 240 page book ($28.95) is available at, and selected bookstores.

About the Author
Andrea Baston grew up in Gravenhurst, Ontario. She obtained at B.A. (Hons.) in English Literature from York University and an LL.B from the University of Ottawa. Andrea practiced law for most of her career with Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General, Toronto. Her first book, Curing Tuberculosis in Muskoka: Canada’s First Sanatoria was published in 2013.

Photography and Photographic Editing
Candis Jones provided photography and photographic editing for Exile Air. Candis grew up in Gravenhurst, earning a B.A. (Hons.) in Fine Arts at York University and a B.Ed at the University of Toronto. As a secondary school teacher in York Region, she taught visual art and photography. Candis is now retired and again living in Gravenhurst.

Publisher: Old Stone Books Ltd. (2017) • 240 pages • paperback • ISBN 978-0-9920903-2-6

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Andrea Baston, please call (647) 965-5397 or write to  Review copies of Exile Air are available to the media on request.