Cold Lake Air Show

The Cold Lake Air Show features military and civilian performers including: The Canadian Forces Snowbirds, 4 Wing Mass Attack, CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team, F-16 Viper Demonstration, Ace Maker's T-33 and much more.

* 2021 dates pending
Community: Cold Lake
Province: Alberta
Festival Type: Arts & Culture Sports

The Municipal District of Bonnyville is home to a great lineup of events.
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Festival overview

4 Wing and CFB Cold Lake are proud to be hosting the 2016 Cold Lake Air Show. This two-day event will take place the weekend of July 16-17. This family-friendly event will showcase the talent and expertise of not only the Royal Canadian Air Force, but storied aviators and aircraft enthusiasts from all over North America. Share this page on Twitter.

This event is sure to be an unforgettable experience for everyone. Plan to stay the entire weekend and see for yourself, you won’t be disappointed! Check out Kathy McCormick's story and get yourself excited for Air Show weekend.

Featured performances

CF-18 Demo Team

The CF-18 Demonstration Team selects a theme for each year and 2016 will feature the 75th anniversary of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. "Training for Victory" will highlight the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) and its contribution to the Second World War air effort and the Allied victory. Both were an important chapter in Canada's history, leaving a legacy in our communities for generations to come.

Hold your breath as pilots manoeuvre their planes within inches of each other high in the sky. Loops, dives, spins, it's all part of the show.
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The Snowbirds Demonstration Team (431 Squadron) is a Canadian icon comprised of serving members of the Canadian Forces. Their pilots and technicians work as a team to bring thrilling performances to North America. Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication inherent in the women and men of the Air Force and the Canadian Forces.

Indy Boys 

Get ready for motorsports entertainment like you’ve never seen before. Vehicle builder and driver Paul Stender has created some of the fastest and most unique jet powered vehicles that perform at air shows and events worldwide. And we aren’t talking about just airplanes or helicopters. Some of his most popular creations currently include a 367 MPH jet powered school bus, a 70 MPH jet outhouse – for those of you in a hurry, a jet powered Polaris RZR, and a jet powered dog house. A jet powered dog house? You have to see it to believe it.


The Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks, is Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team. For over 40 years, they have represented Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces to at air shows around the world. Over 75 million spectators have watched in amazement as they perform demonstrations and drift to earth under their signature Canadian flag parachutes.

This is not a video game – this is the real thing. Climb into one of the many planes featured on the tarmac. Sit in the cockpit and try to figure out the dials and switches.
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Aircraft on the ground

In addition to the high-flying fun in the air, the Cold Lake Air Show is pleased to feature some aircraft for spectators to experience first hand. Climb into the cockpit and see what it takes to pilot an A-10 Thunderbolt, CC-177 Globemaster III, CC-130J Hercules, CP-140 Aurora, CC-138 Twin Otter or many others that will line the tarmac. 


Gates open both days from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Grab your advance tickets at: 
Adults: $15 
Seniors 55+/Retired CAF Members/13 yrs-17 yrs: $10.00
Children 12 and under: FREE (but still require ticket) 

Active military members and their immediate families: FREE
*Gate prices are $5 more, except children 12 and under are still FREE

More Info

Read Kathy McCormick's preview of the Cold Lake Air Show.

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* 2021 dates pending