RCAF aircraft over Toronto, August 31 and September 1

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News Article / August 30, 2017

Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will hold a military parade and ceremony in Nathan Phillips Square on September 1 where they will receive new Colours, which are special ceremonial flags.

As a result, people in downtown Toronto can expect to see several current and historic military aircraft in the skies on August 31 and September 1.

Aircraft from the current RCAF fleet and Second World War-era aircraft from Vintage Wings of Canada and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will conduct a “parade in the sky” to coincide with the ceremony on September 1, demonstrating past and present air force capabilities and professionalism to Canadians. A rehearsal for the flypast will take place on August 31. Before sunset on Thursday, a CC-130 Hercules is set to fly over Lake Ontario, 610 metes (2,000 feet) from the waterfront, as the CN Tower is lit in blue to mark RCAF Day in Toronto on September 1.


  • Thursday, August 31, 2:20 p.m.-2:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday, September 1, 1:10 p.m.-1:15 p.m. and 2 p.m-2:15 p.m.

*Note: All timings are approximate.

Where: Overhead, Nathan Phillips Square, east to west along Queen Street.  The Thursday evening flypast of the Toronto waterfront will take place 610 metres (2,000 feet) offshore.

What: The parade of aircraft will include: 

  • RCAF aircraft, including helicopters, transport aircraft, and training aircraft
  • Aircraft from Vintage Wings of Canada and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
  • The Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds.
  • CF-18 Demonstration Team, featuring a Canada 150-themed aircraft.

Aircraft participation in the flypast is subject to weather and operations. Flypasts by RCAF aircraft are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure public safety at all times.

Aircraft will fly no lower than 150 metres (500 feet) above the highest point along their route before flying to higher elevations for their return flights back to their respective bases and staging airports. Care is being taken to reduce the impact of noise through route planning and higher flypast elevations for the rehearsal.

The RCAF is proud to demonstrate its capabilities and professionalism to Canadians and those in the Greater Toronto Area through participation in these activities. The RCAF thanks the City of Toronto and the people of Toronto for their hosting this historical parade and flypasts.

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