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Canadian International Air Show 2019

The aviation extravaganza showcases the best aerial acrobatic jet teams on the continent

Canadian International Air Show in Toronto - Best Time
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Every year the Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) marks the grand finale of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto. Since 1949 dozens of aircraft from Canada, the US, and other places give an exciting three-day performance over Lake Ontario.

Snowbirds
Snowbirds

Toronto Air Show falls on the Canadian Labor Day Weekend and the last weekend of the CNE. The show lasts from 12 p.m.until 3 p.m. each afternoon. Exhibition Place or Ontario Place are the best spots to view the show. It is also visible from lakefront in places like Marilyn Bell Park or Coronation Park. Show planes usually fly from Pearson or one of Toronto Islands. Regular performers include Canadian Forces Snowbirds, The United States Air Force Thunderbirds, the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association, Vintage Wings of Canada, and private teams.

McDonnell-Douglas CF-188 Hornet s/n 188796, No 409 Squadron "Nighthawks"
McDonnell-Douglas CF-188 Hornet s/n 188796, No 409 Squadron "Nighthawks"

Since the early 20th century, Toronto hosted numerous air shows being the center of air transportation and planes manufacturing. In 1946 the National Aeronautical Association of Canada held a show at Downsview Airport, where de Havilland Canada manufacturing plant was located. In three years, the Toronto Air Show moved to Exhibition Place and in the 1950s it became a regular part of the Canadian National Exhibition.

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