Thunder Bay’s 40th Annual Kite Festival Returns with Canadian Forces Snowbirds Air Shows

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The Canadian Forces Snowbirds (431 Air Demonstration Squadron) perform over 19 Wing Comox. 431 (AD) Squadron and CF-188 Demo Team deployed to 19 Wing Comox to complete training prior to the start of the 2017 Air Show season. Approximately 42 personnel and 14 CT-114 aircraft deployed to 19 Wing Comox for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Pilots will acquaint themselves with mountainous terrain and over-water show sites. Images by MS Roxanne Wood 19 Wing Imaging 2017, DND-MDN Canada
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds (431 Air Demonstration Squadron) perform over 19 Wing Comox. 431 (AD) Squadron and CF-188 Demo Team deployed to 19 Wing Comox to complete training prior to the start of the 2017 Air Show season. Images by MS Roxanne Wood 19 Wing Imaging 2017, DND-MDN Canada CX04-2017-0135-090 Le 11 avril 2017 19e Escadre Comox Les Snowbirds des Forces canadiennes (431e Escadron de démonstration aérienne) donnent un spectacle au-dessus de la 19e Escadre Comox. Le 431e Escadron de démonstration aérienne et l’équipe de démonstration du CF-18 se sont rendus à la 19e Escadre Comox afin de terminer leur entraînement en vue de la saison de spectacles aériens de 2017. Environ 42 militaires et 14 avions CT-114 ont participé au déploiement des Snowbirds des Forces canadiennes. Les pilotes se familiariseront avec le terrain montagneux et les lieux de spectacles au-dessus de l’eau. Photos : Matc Wood R.E. Services multimédias de la 19e Escadre 2017, DND-MDN CANADA

THUNDER BAY – LIVING – Get ready to soar high in the sky as the City of Thunder Bay’s highly anticipated Kite Festival marks its 40th anniversary at Marina Park. This year’s event, presented by Ontario Power Generation, promises thrilling air shows by the renowned Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

Join in the excitement on June 3 and 4, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Exciting Lineup:

Admission to the event is FREE, inviting families to bring their own kites and witness awe-inspiring professional kite flying demonstrations. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the iconic military aerobatics flight demonstration team of the Royal Canadian Air Force, will kick off their summer schedule at this year’s Kite Festival. Weather permitting, the air shows will commence around 12 pm on both days.

Highlights and Activities:

RCAF RCAF Snowbirds over Thunder Bay on May 11 2020 in Operation Inspire
RCAF RCAF Snowbirds over Thunder Bay on May 11 2020 in Operation Inspiration

In addition to the captivating Snowbirds performances, the Kite Festival has a range of exciting activities to offer, including:

  • Snowbirds RCAF CF-18 demo cockpit on display
  • Food vendors and artisans showcasing their creations
  • Youth skateboarding lessons and equipment provided by the Female Boarder Collective
  • Engaging art projects presented by the Community Arts & Heritage Education Project
  • Information booths and various activities spread throughout the park

On Saturday, June 3, starting at 2:30 pm, Snowbird Pilots will be available on-site to meet the public and sign autographs.

Important Information for Attendees:

To ensure a secure airspace during the Snowbirds’ performances, it is crucial that NO kites, drones, or any other objects are flying. Any airborne objects will result in an immediate halt to the show.

Parking within Marina Park is limited, but alternative options are available at the Red River Road parkade and other designated city lots. Please note that the Market Parking Lot adjacent to the splash pad and a section of the Boaters Parking Lot (Public Launch) will be closed.

Accessible parking will be provided at the Camelot Parking Lot, but reservations are required. Please call 807-684-3844 to secure your spot.

Additionally, a portion of Water Street will be closed from June 2 to 4, approximately from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

The 40th Annual Kite Festival in Thunder Bay promises a thrilling weekend filled with exhilarating air shows, mesmerizing kite displays, and engaging activities for all ages. Don’t miss out on this fantastic event that celebrates four decades of kite-flying joy and the impressive skills of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

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