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Watch from the shores of Barrie’s beautiful waterfront as iconic Canadian aircraft perform a spectacular free show the whole family will enjoy. Presented in partnership with the City of Barrie, Downtown Barrie BIA, and Canadian Forces Base Borden as part of an exciting Canada Day weekend in Barrie.
Terminal 4 @ the Five Points Theatre (1 Dunlop St W) - cool off inside with:-Avaiation virtual reality simulators-Aviation-themed storytime with the Barrie Public Library from 11am-1pm-Other aviation-themed displays-Concession/bar open
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds uphold the proud legacy of the Golden Centennaires air demonstration team, who formed to celebrate Canada’s Centennial in 1967. 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 overhead. As a Canadian icon, they showcase the skill, professionalism, and teamwork of the Canadian Armed Forces and inspire the pursuit of excellence wherever they go in North America.
This year, the
CF-18 Demo Team jet will feature the design theme “To the stars…” based on the RCAF’s motto Sic Itur Ad Astra (Latin for “Such is the pathway to the stars”). This theme was chosen to celebrate the history of the RCAF, recognizing the innovative and driven Canadians who have led the charge for change and stand ready to inspire a new generation to take up the flame. Captain Brian Kilroy, pilot for the 2019 CF-18 demo team, will wow audiences with incredible speed and aerial maneuvers.
Mike Tryggvason is a Toronto-based aerobatic pilot who flies a Giles 202 – a two seat, carbon fiber high performance monoplane. The Giles is known for its blindingly fast roll rate – more than 450 degrees per second at full aileron deflection – and Mike harnesses that to put on a spectacular demonstration of aerial maneuvers while maintaining the competition discipline he grew up flying aerobatics with. From base aerobatic figures such as loops and rolls to dynamic gyroscopic maneuvers that tumble the aircraft around the propeller, Mike’s flying demonstrates the full flight envelope of the Giles- flying with zero airspeed at the top of hammerheads to the never exceed speed of 200 knots on vertical down lines. The Giles 202 is the same aircraft he placed 5th overall in Advanced team selection at the 2017 US National Championships.In addition to flying aerobatics at airshows, Mike is a full time airline pilot/ instructor flying an Airbus 320, and has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Western University in London, Ontario. Mike also mentors many pilots in their hobby or profession. He enjoys sharing his experiences and advice with up-and-coming pilots and enthusiasts. Check out Mike on Instagram (@miketryg) to follow along on his flying adventures.
Gord Price has been performing in airshows since 1976 and currently flies a Yakovlev YAK-50 built in Moscow that is the only one of it’s kind registered in Canada. Gord displays the best qualities of the YAK-50 from the flat spin to the long straight lines and spectacular outside snap rolls in a fast moving graceful display of the YAK-50’s capabilities. Gord’s life in the air is as good as it gets. From his time in the RCAF, including a stint as a nuclear strike pilot, to 36 years as a pilot with Air Canada, and then retiring to his passion of designing and flying light aircraft. Gord is 77 years old and still pulling +7G and pushing -5. You don’t want to miss his performance! Follow along on Instagram - @thedampub | @thedamyak50.
The best locations to view the show will be Heritage Park, Centennial Park, Allandale Station Park, or any of the small parks along the north and south shores of Kempenfelt Bay.
In order to ensure the safety of both the public and the air show participants during this exciting event, public viewing by boat will be permitted east of the safety line between Minet’s Point Park and Johnson’s Beach. Boats and water-based activities will be restricted west of that line – see ‘Public Notifications & Restrictions’ below for dates and times.
Tune in to 87.9FM from around the waterfront to follow along with air show commentary, special announcements, and safety messages during the show.
For the safety of the public and the air show participants, access to Kempenfelt Bay and water-based activities will be restricted west of Minet's Point Park and Johnson's Beach during the following dates & times:
Friday June 28 – 12 noon to 9pmSaturday June 29 – 12 noon to 5pm*Time may be extended if the show is delayed
During these times, a safety line will be formed between Johnson's Beach and Minet's Point Park, which will be enforced by the Barrie Police and their service partners on Lake Simcoe. This includes boating, access in and out of the marina and boat launches, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, SUPing, and more.
The boat launches at Tiffin and the City of Barrie Marina will be closed all day June 28th & June 29th until 5pm. Boaters are encouraged to use nearby public launches, including
Orillia area, Shanty Bay Oro Line 2, and Oro Line 9.
There's plenty of parking available within walking distance along the waterfront and throughout the downtown. Waterfront parking is free for Barrie residents with a valid resident pass or $3/hour ($20 daily maximum). Downtown parking is free on weekday evenings after 5pm and on weekends. For more information about where to park, visit
Barrie Transit is offering a FREE park 'n ride shuttle from either Allandale Rec Centre (190 Bayview Dr) or East Bayfield Community Centre (80 Livingstone St E) to get you down to the Airshow! For more information, visit www.barrie.ca/transitnotices.
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