Looking to take in some spectacular aerial displays without the drive out to Abbotsford? Then the upcoming Boundary Bay Airshow on July 20 is just the ticket.
The annual all-ages event has a few new tricks up its sleeve, namely a highly anticipated debut by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds as well as the Canadian CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team. A number of other classic aircraft are making appearances such as a P-40 Kittyhawk, FM-2 Wildcat and the P-47D Thunderbolt, America’s biggest and heaviest armed single engine World War II fighter.
Leading the team of performers is Rob Holland, piloting a purpose-built all carbon fiber single seat airplane. He holds a record-setting eight consecutive U.S. National Aerobatics Championships and the International Council of Airshows (ICAS) prestigious Art Scholl Award for Showmanship.
In addition to the above, other highlights include a family zone with children’s activities (face painting, mini golf, wiggle carts), crafts; car show in the Heritage Hanger; food vendors and trucks, VIP tent and chalets, exhibitors and more.
Admission is complimentary and visitors may park for free at nearby Paterson Park or Wellbrook Winery and catch a shuttle to the airport. Alternatively, on-site parking is available for $10 via pre-purchase online, or people can cycle in along Ladner Trunk Road and southbound on 72 to Churchill Street. Unattended bike parking will be provided at no cost.
Festivities get underway at 11 a.m. In 2018 approximately 17,000 guests attended, and organizer Alpha Aviation expects a significantly larger number this year.