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Kickoff Air Show

Kick off Canada 150 celebrations with a free air show on June 28! Watch from the shore of Barrie’s beautiful waterfront as iconic Canadian aircraft perform over Kempenfelt Bay — a show for the whole family to enjoy. Presented in partnership with Canadian Forces Base Borden and Georgian International.

The City of Barrie is excited to kick off Canada 150 celebrations with a thrilling aerobatic display over Kempenfelt Bay. This free show will take place on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 6 p.m. and will feature the Canadian Forces SnowbirdsCF-18 Demonstration Team, and the Great War Flying Museum. The welcome address will begin at 5:30 p.m. from Heritage Park.

To follow along to show commentary, tune in to 87.9 FM from anywhere around the waterfront!

Because the performers are on their way to their next show in Ottawa for Canada Day, there is no rain date. As long as visibility is OK and there are no safety concerns (lightning etc.), they will still perform. There are many factors to consider when making a decision to call the show or not.

Pre-show Activities at Heritage Park, 1–9 p.m.

Canadian Forces Base Borden will be set-up at Heritage Park from 1-9 p.m. with military displays and the ever popular kiddie commando course. Families can also enjoy the Promenade Days midway.

Water-based Activity Restrictions, 4–8 p.m.

For the safety of the public and the air show participants, water-based activities west of Minet's Point Park and Johnson's Beach will be restricted from 4-8 p.m. including kayaking, swimming, SUPing, and more (see "Viewing from Water" below).

Air Show Viewing Information

Viewing from Shore

The best locations to view the show will be Heritage Park, Allandale Station Park, or any of the small parks along the north and south shores of Kempenfelt Bay.

Viewing from Water

In order to ensure the safety of both the public and the air show participants during this exciting event, the following water restrictions will be in place:

  • A safety line will be placed in the water from Johnson's Beach to Minet's Point Park from 4 p.m. until the show ends, which will be enforced by the Barrie Police and their service partners on Lake Simcoe. 
  • Public viewing by boat will be to the east of the line.
  • West of the line, boats and water-based activities (including kayaking, canoeing and SUPing) will be restricted starting at 4 p.m.
  • Barrie Marina and Tiffin boat launches will be closed for the entire day. Boaters are encouraged to use nearby public launches, including Innisfil and Orillia.

Getting Around: Parking & Shuttle


Due to construction, some waterfront parking is limited, but there's plenty available within walking distance along the waterfront and throughout the downtown. Note that waterfront parking is free for Barrie residents with a valid resident pass or $3/hour ($15 daily maximum), while downtown parking is free on weekday evenings. For more information about where to park, visit

Barrie Transit Shuttle

Barrie Transit is offering a FREE park 'n ride from Allandale Rec Centre to get you down to the Air Show! Between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., you can park at Allandale Rec Centre and board the 3A bus from stop #2 located behind the Centre. You can get off at the Allandale GO Station or the Downtown Transit Terminal, both just a short walk to the recommended viewing areas along the waterfront. Transfers for your return trip will be issued upon boarding and will be valid until end of service! For more information, visit

Snowbirds are a Canadian Icon

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds uphold the proud legacy of the Golden Centennaires air demonstration team, who formed to celebrate Canada’s Centennial in 1967. As a Canadian icon, they are eager to inspire all Canadians by showcasing the skill, professionalism, and teamwork of the Canadian Armed Forces. Their team is made up of highly skilled pilots, technicians and support personnel ‎from across Canada, whose dedication to excellence is embodied in the awe-inspiring tight formations of red and white jets in the sky over head. Join your 2017 Canadian Forces Snowbirds as they proudly honour Canada’s strong military heritage during this year of sesquicentennial celebrations.

CF-18 Honouring Canada 150

The CF-18 Hornet has undergone a special transformation for 2017 to honour the RCAF and Canadian Armed Forces as a part of Canada's history. Captain Matthew Kutryk, pilot for the 2017 CF-18 demo team, will wow audiences with incredible speed and aerial maneuvers.

Keep the Celebrations Going

Festivities will continue throughout the Canada Day weekend with live entertainment, family activities, and fireworks in partnership with Promenade Days.

The Barrie Air Show Is Generously Supported By








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