Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Canadian International Air Show?

The Canadian International Air Show takes places during the Canadian Labour Day weekend annually. In 2017, the CIAS will be held on

  • Saturday, September 2nd
  • Sunday, September 3rd
  • and Monday, September 4th (Labour Day)

The start time for the show is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. with the show ending at approximately 3:00 P.M. each afternoon.

There will also be a practice day held on Friday, September 1st, 2017 from approximately 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.

Where does the CIAS take place?

The CIAS takes place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada over Lake Ontario and is best viewed at the southwest waterfront grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), south of the bandshell. Show-centre is located directly in front of our Air Show VIP Zone making it the best seats in the city. Other great locations include the CNE grounds.

Click here for more on tickets to the Air Show VIP Zone when they become available. For other inquiries, please call 416-263-3653 or email

Click here - to download larger version (Adobe .PDF) of the map below. 

2017 Air Show Map


How do I contact the Canadian International Air Show?

Visit our Contact Us page or for urgent matters, call 416-263-3653.

How can I volunteer or work with the CIAS?

The CIAS posts volunteer positions externally on our website as they become open. Please check the Volunteer Page for a list of current positions that you may apply for, in addition to directions for applying.

Please note only successful candidates will be contacted by the CIAS.

How can I get tickets to the Air Show?

Visit our Buy Tickets Page for information on how to Fly First Class with the CIAS!  2017 VIP Tickets will go on-sale later this summer.

Insider subscribers get deep discounts, Air Show Partner offers, and are the first to know the inside scoop about the show. Become an Insider today.

For info on CNE admission, click here.

I'd like to inquire about hosting a corporate table or my own exclusive chalet. What should I do?

Send us a message on our Contact Us page.

Every corporate table and chalet lets you be at centre-stage for one of the best air shows there is in North America.

Enjoy some of the extra goodies we have to offer; lunch, admission to the CNE, a chance to meet and greet performers and their crew, and of course, your own exclusive area.

How do I get to the CIAS/CNE? Wheelchair Access & Pedestrian Access...

The CNE is accessible by car from the Gardiner Expressway or Lake Shore Boulevard West, signs are posted to help you out. 

*We strongly encourage all air show fans to take public transit due to ongoing construction and limited paid parking available. And strongly encourage wearing comfortable walking shoes due to the uneven terrain in the park.

Ride the rocket! Here's how:

  • Via the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC): take the 511 Bathurst Streetcar, the 29 Dufferin Bus, or the 193 Exhibition Express Bus/ Rocket
  • Via the GO Train – take the train to the Exhibition Stop which will get you right to the CNE grounds!

For more info, please call the TTC at 416-393-INFO or GO Transit at 416-869-3200.

Wheelchair & Pedestrian Access for Air Show Ticket Holders

The VIP Air Show site is wheelchair accessible.  Guests can approach the site via Dufferin Street.  Special accommodations may be available for those arriving with TTC WheelTrans.

If you will be coming from within the CNE GO Transit and/or the TTC exits [approx 15 min walk from inside the CNE grounds]

1. After your ticket is validated, proceed west (right), passing Kid’s World on your right-hand side.

2. Stay on route on the right-hand side about 5 minutes until you get to Dufferin Street.

3. Proceed south on Dufferin (which turns into British Columbia Drive)

4. Cross at the traffic lights at Lakeshore Boulevard, which will take you into Marilyn Bell Park.

5. Head left towards the fenced-in, tented area that will have CIAS directional signage.  The most westerly entrance of the fenced-in VIP enclosure is for VIP Experience Flight Deck and Preferred Seating.  The more easterly entrance is for all other VIP Pass holders. 

Arriving via the TTC Dufferin Street Bus?

1. Get off at the Dufferin Loop just north of the CNE Dufferin Gates

2. Head south on Dufferin Street, passing Medieval Times. 

3. Dufferin Street turns into British Columbia Drive; then follow the directions 4 and 5 as stated above.

Can I view the aircraft before or after the show on the ground or is there a static display?

No. Unfortunately, due to strict security regulations at Pearson International Airport and Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport, no static display is possible for the CIAS at this time.

Who is flying in the air show this year?

Each year, the CIAS hosts a variety of aerial exhibitions. For a detailed list, please visit the Performers' Page. Become a CIAS Insider to receive the line-up FIRST, emailed directly to your inbox before it's released to the public!

*Our performer list is subject-to-change right up to show time. This is due to the dynamic demands on our military equipment and personnel around the world, and if safety concerns warrant it. We apologize for any inconvenience this creates, but we must respect that a search and rescue mission, protection of our troops overseas, and the safety of our show performers are of the highest priorities.

Will the schedule of acts be available?

YES! The schedule of performers will made available daily prior to each show to those CIAS VIPs that have subscribed to the Insider e-Newsletter. Subcribe now.

*Daily schedule is subject to change.

CIAS Statement on Safety

Toronto – Safety is of paramount importance to the Canadian International Air Show.

The Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) follows all safety guidelines and regulations as dictated by aviation authorities and holds our performers accountable to the same high safety standards.

We employ experienced aviation industry professionals in all aspects of our show including air traffic controllers, military representatives and emergency services. Performers and key personnel attend pre-show safety briefings before every show.

Aircraft flying over the city follow all regulations issued by Nav Canada just like any other authorized flight and may not perform any aerobatic activity over any built up area. All air show manoeuvres occur out over the lake and inside a show box, distant from the spectators and from any part of the city.

Aircraft taking off from, or en-route to, Pearson International Airport are under the control of Nav Canada flight controllers located at Pearson air traffic control centre and follow all normal flight safety rules just like any commercial flight.

The CIAS has an emergency response group comprised of members of the Toronto Police Services, Fire Services, EMS and our own experienced show safety team. The CIAS has a well-developed incident plan which is under constant review with public and aviation safety authorities. The CIAS has a detailed plan for any occurrence over the water display air area which is secured from all civilian traffic by police boats.

The CIAS works with its public safety support agencies closely to ensure that safety is paramount at Toronto’s annual air show.

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 Note to editors:  For more information please contact Colleen McCourt, Media Relations Manager, Canadian International Air Show at 705-358-2006 or at 


Who regulates noise?

The Canadian International Air Show complies with all regulations, including those published by Transport Canada relating to noise.

Why are some flights noisier than others?

Atmospheric conditions such as clouds and wind can make an aircraft sound louder on different days.

What restrictions, if any, has the air show placed on performers when flying over the city?

The CIAS works with is support agencies closely to ensure safety is paramont and that any noise is minimized.

Aircraft flying over the city follow all regulations issued by Nav Canada and are under the control of the CIAS Air Boss.

Each flight is instructed as to the direction and height that it may fly according to federal aviation regulations.

Aircraft taking off from, or en-route to, Pearson International Airport are under the control of Nav Canada flight controllers located at Pearson. 


If you have any comments, questions, inquiries or feedback please contact us.


2017 Notice to Mariners

Toronto  (August 31, 2017) –  Please be advised that the Western Channel of the Toronto Harbour will be closed to marine traffic for the 2017 Canadian International Air Show. Additionally, no watercraft will be allowed at Hanlan’s Point Beach during the Air Show.
The Air Show is scheduled to take place on the Labour Day weekend, as follows:
Practice Day:
Friday, September 1 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Show Days (from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST daily):
Saturday, September 2
Sunday, September 3
Monday, September 4
The Western Channel will be closed to all marine traffic during these days and times approximately one hour before show times and will re-open at the conclusion of the show each day.
Waterborne spectators may observe the Air Show from east of a line from Gibraltar Point to a position 43o36.317’N and 79o23.499’W, forming the eastern limit. Waterborne spectators may also watch from south of a line running from the eastern limit to a position of 43o35.872’N and 79o27.171’W to the Humber River. These limits are identified on Chart 2085. The spectator boundaries will be monitored by the Toronto Police Services Marine Unit.
Upon commencement of the Practice and Air Show times noted, watercraft moored within the protected waterway north of the seawall at Ontario Place must remain west of the Argonaut Rowing Club until completion of the Practice or any of the Air Shows.
Toronto Police Services Marine Unit will be onsite and mariners are to take direction from the Toronto Police Marine Unit.



Canadian International Air Show – 2017 Feedback Policy (Official Statement)

The 2017 Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) is the culminating event of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) and is held annually in accordance with all Canadian air regulations. This year the show will take place on Saturday, September 2ndSunday, September 3rd and Monday September 4th from 12:00 PM to 3:00 P.M. with a rehearsal practice day on Friday, September 1st from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. (intermittently to allow for commercial airline traffic). The 2017 air show will celebrate a diverse showing of aircraft and commemorate the 68th Anniversary of the CIAS.

Like all annual festivals and events such as auto races, walks, marathons, bicycle rides for charity and the like, the air show may be of more interest to some citizens and visitors than to others and thus, may be seen as disruptive by some while being anticipated and enjoyed by others. We understand that the noise generated by the rehearsal and the air show may be a concern. The number of jet aircraft displays which generate more noise has been reduced this year and all aircraft will arrive and leave the display area using flight paths determined by regulatory bodies to be least disruptive to the City of Toronto while keeping safety paramount. All noise reduction protocols and rules will be strictly adhered to at all times.

We need to emphasize that this once-a-year signature event attracts thousands of tourists from throughout Ontario and the U.S. border states and contributes significantly to the Toronto economy. While we understand that some people living in the neighbourhoods close to the CNE may find some of the aircraft loud, we ask you to consider the benefits of the Canadian International Air Show to its fans and to the City of Toronto. It remains one of the city's major annual attractions, and it is an important business generator for the local economy that literally hundreds of thousands of spectators around southern Ontario and beyond continue to enjoy. To provide your comments or feedback, please call (416)-263-3653 or email