Air show kicks off 150 celebrations

The renowned Snowbirds are in town for a free air show today, and they have brought a special guest with them: a CF-18 Hornet, Canada’s frontline fighter jet.
The 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 pilot the plane, wowing audiences with incredible speed and aerial maneuvers.
The City of Barrie is excited to kick off Canada 150 celebrations with a thrilling aerobatic display over Kempenfelt Bay. This show 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. Tune into 87.9 FM from anywhere around the waterfront. Pre-show activities at Heritage Park are on from 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. 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.
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.
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.
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
Festivities will continue throughout the Canada Day weekend with live entertainment, family activities, and fireworks in partnership with Promenade Days.