Instead, the show is available free along the 14km of Lakeshore

When is the Airshow?

The Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) is held annually on the Labour Day Weekend.  This year the show will take place on Saturday, September 4th and Sunday, September 5th, from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm daily.

Where can I watch the Airshow?

The airshow is held over Lake Ontario with the Centre Stage located directly across from the Liberty Grand, Exhibition Place on the south side of Lakeshore Blvd. The show can be viewed clearly along the shoreline and public parks on the waterfront from the Humber Bay Bridge to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

We do ask that attendees follow current COVID protocols and practice physical distancing across the 14 kilometres of prime viewing area. Furthermore, that viewers don’t forget to bring all that they need for the day (i.e. Snacks, water, sunscreen, face masks, lawn chair, etc).

Can I buy tickets?

In 2021 due to COVID restrictions, we will not have our traditional Exclusive Airshow Zone. Instead, the show is free to attend as a Thank you to all Canadians for the sacrifices made during these past 18 months.

Our Exclusive Airshow Zone will return in 2022 which will include open buffet options, aviation-themed exhibitors, meet & greet with the Performers, behind the scenes video footage from the Airports and much more.

Sign up to become an Insider and you’ll receive ticket information and up to 50% discounts for 2022 tickets.

Where can I hear the narration?

The Narration will be available to stream on your personal device (*normal data rates will apply). Further details on this live stream are available on our live-stream page.

Will the flying schedule be available?

We will be publishing the flying schedule each morning and it will be emailed to our Insider inboxes. However, the schedule is subject to change due to weather and maintenance.

Who will be flying?

Check our Performer page for the most up-to-date list of performers. Many of our acts are from active serving units in the Royal Canadian Air Force and the United States Air Force. They will confirm closer to show weekend.

Where can I park?

Depending on where you chose to watch the show, there are many Green P parking lots along Lakeshore Blvd. There is also paid parking at Exhibition Place and Ontario Place. However, lots fill up early so you may want to head down to the show early. We encourage attendees to take the GO Train or the TTC. For those who like to cycle, there are great bike paths along the Lakeshore.

Is the Airshow accessible to people with disabilities?

Yes, Green P parking lots, Exhibition Place and Ontario Place have accessibility parking available and are accessibility compliant.

Will planes of the Airshow fly over the city?

Aircraft appearing in the CIAS are stationed at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Pearson International Airport. All flights are in accordance with regulations put forth by aviation governing bodies.

Is the show safe?

In alignment with Provincial guidance related to Covid-19, the 2021 CIAS will be enjoyed from a variety of locations across the 14 Kilometers of the waterfront from the Humber Bridge to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. This broad public space allows for safe social distancing while enjoying this world-class event. In addition, we will be streaming the narration of the show that will allow attendees to stream it through their personal device, again while socially distancing.

Safety is of paramount importance at the Canadian International Air Show and we are conscious of concerns with respect to safety and noise.  The Canadian International Air Show follows all safety guidelines and regulations as dictated by aviation authorities and holds our performers accountable to the same high safety standards.   

We employ aviation industry professionals across our membership including controllers, military representatives, and emergency services.  The CIAS has a strictly professional-run emergency response committee comprised of members of the Toronto Police Services, Fire Services and EMS.  We also have a well-developed incident plan.  Performers and key personnel attend pre-show safety briefings daily and daily debriefs post-show.

Who regulates noise?

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

I’m watching the show from a boat. How close can i get?

The following map will give you an idea of how close you are able to watch from the water.

I have more questions, who can I contact?

Calls can be made to the head office of the Canadian International Air Show at 416.263.3650.  You may also send an e-mail to

Please note that while we will make every attempt to respond to your query on a timely basis, the office is extremely busy during the show and will respond to your phone message or e-mail as soon as possible.