Canadian International Air Show

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  • The Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) is an annual air show that has been held at the conclusion of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto since 1949. Aircraft from Canada and the United States, as well as other countries, perform over Lake Ontario for three days in September.

    The official CIAS takes place over the Canadian Labour Day Weekend, which coincides with the closing weekend of the CNE. The start time for the show is scheduled for 12:00 pm with the show ending at approximately 3:00 pm each afternoon. The CIAS practice session is usually held on the day before the official CIAS, taking place between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

    The show is performed over Lake Ontario directly south of Exhibition Place. It can be best viewed from Exhibition Place or Ontario Place, although the show is visible from any other lakefront site, especially Marilyn Bell Park or Coronation Park. Performers fly in from Pearson, as well as the island airport on nearby Toronto Islands.

    Regular performers include the Snowbirds, other Canadian Armed Forces aircraft, the United States Air Force (USAF), and the United States Navy (USN). Past performers have included the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association, Vintage Wings of Canada, as well as private aerobatics teams, and commercial airlines.

    Fees: Admission to the air show is free; however, viewing from Exhibition Place requires paid admission to these sites.

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