Snowbirds to deliver stunning show over Nanaimo harbour

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
August 8, 2018 - 1:52pm

Nanaimo is in for an amazing show Wednesday night, as the Snowbirds come to town.@the_smilingdog/Twitter

The Snowbirds arrived for a private event at the Nanaimo Airport on Tuesday.Gord Fuller/Facebook

The 431 Squadron is sure to deliver an amazing show.Gord Fuller/Facebook

NANAIMO — The skies will be roaring over Nanaimo when the Canadian Forces Snowbirds return to dazzle the masses.

The Snowbirds 431 Squadron takes to the skies over the harbour city on Wednesday, Aug. 8 starting at 5:30 p.m. The show will be centred above and in front of the boat basin near the Bastion. Anywhere along the waterfront will provide a fantastic viewpoint of the roughly 45-minute performance.

The Snowbirds last performed in Nanaimo in 2016, drawing over an estimated 20,000 people to the waterfront.

The show, as with all of their flights, is designed to raise awareness of the C.H.I.L.D Foundation and their goal of curing children with intestinal and liver disorders. While the show is free, the Foundation raises money by selling commemorative shirts and hats in Maffeo Sutton Park and raffle tickets for free flights.

Boat access in the inner harbour and airspace will be restricted during the show and drones are banned.

Commentary during the event can be heard on the frequency 98.7FM.

During the 2016 show, traffic in and around the downtown core was very heavy. The City of Nanaimo released this map with parking suggestions, noting Maffeo Sutton is expected to be extremely busy.

 

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