As the hard years of the Great Depression set in, many air
service companies in Alberta were shutting down or being
absorbed by larger companies.
This was the case when Western
Canadian Airways bought out Commercial and changed its name to
Canadian Airways was active in many of the northern
destinations, including the Grande Prairie and Peace River
region as demand continued to grow late in the 1930s. However,
by 1940, the Depression and Second World War made operations extremely
difficult, and by the end of 1941, Canadian Airways suffered the
same fate as its former competitors. It was
purchased by Canadian Pacific Air Lines Ltd.