High-flying fun as Boundary Bay Airshow returns to Delta Saturday

Free family-friendly event gets underway at noon this Saturday (July 13)
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A child poses for a photo while dangling from a “horse collar” rescue strop suspended from a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-149 Cormorant search-and-rescue helicopter during the 2023 Boundary Bay Airshow. (Geoffrey Yue photo/special to the nowstarted)

Be sure to look to the skies this Saturday (July 13) as the City of Delta and Alpha Aviation host the annual Boundary Bay Airshow.

The free event, which starts at noon (gates open at 11 a.m.), promises great performances in the air and family-friendly entertainment on the ground as the event marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Featured performers include Undaunted (Stephen “Christo” Christopher and Todd “Woody” Rudberg) flying their red-and-white RV7 and orange RV8, Northern Stars Aeroteam (comprised of veteran RCAF pilots Brent Handy, Todd Farrell and Greg Hume-Powell) in their Pitts Specials, Brad Wursten piloting his MX-2 Aerobatic Aircraft, Vicky Benzing in her purple “Plum Crazy” P-51 Mustang, Kyle Fowler flying his unique 1986 Long EZ, Mike Tryggvason piloting the Extra 300, and Ross Granley with his Yak I8T.

The airshow will also feature several Second World War-era aircraft — including a P-40 Kittyhawk, B-25 Mitchell and a P-51 Mustang — from the Madras, Oregon-based Erickson Aircraft Collection, numerous static displays, and fan interactions with the pilots flying in this year’s event.

Plus, there will be mini golf, a miniature driving track and more kid-friendly entertainment at the Port of Vancouver-sponsored Family Zone, a classic car show, an exposition area and local food trucks offering a variety of delicious bites and beverages.

Admission to the airshow is free, however parking at Boundary Bay Airport (7800 Alpha Way) is limited and costs $25.

Instead, visitors are encouraged to take advantage of free parking at Patterson Park in Ladner (5800 Clarence Taylor Cres.) or the East Ladner parking lot (4626 88th St.) and the free shuttle service running every 10-15 minutes starting at 9:15 a.m.

Accessible parking and shuttle pick-up is available at both locations, and specialty shuttles are available with lifts and storage for accessibility aids, though wait times may be slightly longer as not all shuttles will be equipped for this purpose.

Strollers and collapsible wagons are allowed on the buses. Coolers, however, are not.

For those travelling to the airshow by bicycle, the city has marked out a preferred route, and both a bike valet and bike parking will be available on site.

For all event details, including the preferred bike route and disruptions to the 310 bus route between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. the day of the event, head to delta.ca/airshow.



James Smith

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