Celebrate Canada Day in Barrie with an action-packed weekend of activities including a free air show over Kempenfelt Bay on June 28 and 29, presented in partnership with the City of Barrie, Downtown Barrie BIA, and Canadian Forces Base Borden. On Monday, July 1, the City is hosting its annual Canada Day party in conjunction with Downtown Barrie’s Promenade Days.
Barrie Air Show
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds and CF-18 Demo Team will perform two shows over Kempenfelt Bay on Friday, June 28 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 29 at 1 p.m. There will also be a practice run on Friday, June 28 at approximately 1 p.m. Recommended viewing for the Air Show is at Heritage Park, Centennial Park, Allandale Station Park, and the parks along the north and south shore of Kempenfelt Bay. Tune in to 87.9 FM from the waterfront to follow along with show commentary.
The fun continues with Canadian Forces Base Borden displays and a kiddie commando course in Heritage Park from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on June 29. Enjoy aviation-themed activities at Terminal 4 at Five Points Theatre, presented by Pratt Homes & Development, featuring flight simulators, displays, story time, vendors and more from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. June 29 to July 1. On Saturday at 9:30 p.m., head to Meridian Place for a special outdoor screening of Top Gun.
Viewing from water
In order to ensure the safety of both the public and the air show participants during this event, the following restrictions will be in place on Friday June 28 from 12 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 29 from 12 – 5 p.m. Times may be extended if the air show is delayed.
A safety line will be placed in the water from Johnson’s Beach to Minet’s Point Park, which will be enforced by the Barrie Police and their service partners on Lake Simcoe.
Public viewing by boat will be permitted east of the safety line.Boats and water-based activities will be restricted west of that line including boating, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and SUPing.
Barrie Marina and Tiffin boat launches will be closed all day June 28 & June 29 until 5 p.m. Boaters are encouraged to use nearby public launches, including Innisfil, Orillia area and Shanty Bay.
On Monday, July 1, head downtown Barrie to enjoy family activities and vendors in Heritage Park as well as live entertainment, funded in part by the Government of Canada and Tim Hortons.
The Promenade Days Stage at Meridian Place will be headlined by CCMA Award winner (2018 Songwriter of the Year) and Canadian Country Music star, Aaron Goodvin, and supported by up-and-comer Kalsey Kulyk. There will be a birthday cake cut by local dignitaries and a variety of activities including face painting, Canadian wildlife displays, inflatables, vendors and games from 1 to 9 p.m.
Capping off the night on Monday, the City of Barrie will present a spectacular fireworks show over Kempenfelt Bay starting at 10 p.m. In case of inclement weather, fireworks will be held Tuesday, July 2. This information will be shared on Creative Barrie social media accounts at twitter.com/CreativeBarrie and facebook.com/CreativeBarrie, and the Special Events line 705-739-4285.
The celebrations continue with Promenade Days, happening June 28 to July 1 in downtown Barrie. Promenade Days is presented by the Downtown Barrie BIA and features vendors, street patios, family activities, and entertainment along Dunlop Street. promenadedays.ca
For more information about the Canada Day weekend celebrations, including the Barrie Air Show and full entertainment schedule, visit barrie.ca/CanadaDay.
Cover photo: Sonya Anderson