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2024 Barrie Airshow

Posted June 17, 2024 by Liam Young

The skies of downtown Barrie erupted with colours Friday night with the first-ever Barrie drone show. Over 200 brightly coloured drones turned the night sky into a canvas to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The event helped kick off the 2024 Barrie Airshow Weekend alongside a free concert at Meridian Place. Spectators were treated to a show featuring the rich history of the RCAF, with drones taking the shape of the multiple aircraft that have contributed to 100 years of the Royal Canadian Air Force. From propeller planes to modern-day fighter jets, the colourful drones dazzled spectators all along Barrie’s spectacular waterfront and proved itself to be a must-see show. 

Barrie Airshow Drone

The event further excited spectators in anticipation of the 2024 Barrie Air Show, headlined by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Thousands of visitors took to the waterfront to watch the drone show and experience the multiple displays and family-friendly activities, alongside experiencing all the things downtown Barrie has to offer, making it a can’t-miss event for anyone in the area. 

The 2024 Barrie Air Show entertained thousands over the weekend with an incredible display celebrating 100 years of the Royal Canadian Air Force. People were entertained by an array of airplanes showing off the history of the Royal Canadian Air Force, from World War 2 aircraft to modern-day CF-18 fighter jets, there was something for every type of aviation enthusiast. The show, headlined by the always-popular Canadian Forces Snowbirds, proved to be a smash hit, with people all over the area taking to the shore of Kempenfelt Bay to enjoy the event over the two-day period.

Barrie Airshow

Opening with the Canadian Armed Forces SkyHawks Parachute Team, people were treated to a colourful performance showcasing the ability and talent of Canada’s Armed Forces as multiple members parachuted down onto Barrie’s waterfront with flags celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The audience was then entertained with vintage aircraft flying the skies of downtown Barrie, showing the abundant history that the RCAF has and will continue to build upon in the future. 

Barrie Airshow

Next, a performance by the Northern Stars Aeroteam captured the attention of everyone watching with their gravity-defying stunts as the 3 member team buzzed around the shores of Kempenfelt Bay. The skies of Barrie then roared with thunder as the CF-18 Demonstration Team showed off the modern capabilities of the RCAF and the incredibly powerful CF-18 fighter jet. Fans were then treated to the headline act, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and their thrilling performance. The nine-plane team flew through the air with mere feet between the planes, as part of a performance which celebrated the long history of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Although this may have meant the flying action was done for the day, there were many more activities available for people spending their day at the waterfront. 

The downtown core was filled with things to do alongside the main attraction, with activities for the whole family. Meet and greets with the performers occurred on Saturday night, giving the public an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the world of aviation. Saturday night finished with a free screening of the movie Memphis Belle, providing a fun-filled day for everyone involved. 


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