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[BC] A Stunning Weekend at Abbotsford International Airshow

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One of the largest air shows in Canada is coming back this upcoming weekend! The Abbotsford Airshow will feature over 14 acres of ground attractions, entertainment, and interactive activities for all ages. So be ready for a world of the airplane and jet shows, tasty food trucks, much more. Continue reading to discover why this festival attracts over 125000 visitors on average!

About The Abbotsford Airshow

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This three-day airshow attracts aircraft enthusiasts from all over the world. In fact, the airshow has grown so much that it has been attracting many visitors that are not airplane fanatics. The event was first established by the Abbotsford Flying Club in 1962 to promote flying from the Abbotsford Airport. The Flying Club partnered with the Abbotsford Rotary Club which helped with the event’s funding. As a result, the first show was a big success attracting over 15,000 visitors. In just 3 years, the Abbotsford Airshow became the largest airshow of Canada. And in 1970, the prime minister Pierre Trudeau officially recognize the Abbotsford Airshow as “Canada’s National Airshow”!

What to Expectairshow@AbbotsfordAirshow

There is more going on in this lively event than you imagine. Not only will you be seeing a lot of planes and jets perform tricks and fly all over the, but you will also be able to enjoy a variety of other activities. If you want to meet the performers then head on to the autograph booth and grab yourself an autograph or a photograph (or maybe even both!). Feeling hungry? Worry not, as there are going to be over 40 vendors at the event ready to serve the visitors treats such as mini donuts and cuisines from all over the world including Thailand, Jamaica, and Malaysia. What’s more, a number of displays and exhibits will also be up and running the whole event.

Scheduleairshow@AbbotsfordAirshow

The International Airshow will be open from 3:00 till 10:30 pm on Friday and from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Once the gates are open, visitors can enter enjoy the Static Display and the Exhibit Area while waiting for the actual show to begin. The main highlight of the event is the Twilight Show held on Friday. In this show, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will perform their part while the Canadian CF-18s and other jets do flyovers. Additionally, Friday’s event includes an awesome fireworks finale which is a must-see. The only downside is that the USAF Thunderbirds will not be performing on Friday. Saturday and Sunday’s lineup is similar to the Friday’s show except that it includes the USAF Thunderbirds performance in addition to missing the Twilight Show, Balloon Show, and Fireworks Finale.

Friday (Aug 9)

Admission Fees@AbbotsfordAirshow

As for any event, there is an admission fee required to get into the Abbotsford Airshow. Luckily, there are a variety of ticket types available to purchase right now, some of which include the general admission, runway seating, flight club, family club, and president’s club tickets. Tickets are already running out so if you are looking forward to the airshow grab your wallet and get yourself a ticket right away! Tickets are available for purchase online, at the gate as well as in Lower Mainland Save-On-Foods. For more details on different types of tickets visit Abbotsford International Airshow’s website.

General Admission Online Price Gate Price
Youth (age 6-17) $14 $20
Adult (age 18+) $28 $35
Family Pass (2 Adult, 2 Youth & Parking) $70 $80
Carload Pass (up to 6 People & Parking) $120 $140
Youth 3-day Pass (age 6-17) $24 $30
Adult 3-day Pass (age 18+) $44 $50
Onsite Parking (per vehicle) $10 $10

Whether you are an airplane enthusiast or not, you do not want to miss out on Abbotsford Airshow. Not just because there will be stunning airplane performances done by professionals but because it is one of the most infamous airshows of all time! From the tasty food, exhibits, static display, etc. this airshow is truly one of a kind. Last but not least, make sure you bring yourself some earplugs as some of the jets tend to be loud for sensitive ears.

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