• Air Fest Salute June 12, 2021

    St. Thomas Air Fest to Proceed with a "Safe" Salute to all Essential Workers June 12, 2021 beginning at 12:30pm*

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    Please do not show up at the St. Thomas Airport for this event. No planes will be landing at the airport.
    * Times and acts are all subject to change based on multiple factors.

    Air Fest Salute Performers

    rcaf cc 130h hercules

    RCAF CC-130H Hercules

    harvards canadian harvard aircraft association

    Harvards – Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association

    de havelland vampire waterloo warbirds

    de Havilland Vampire - Waterloo Warbirds

    aero l 29 viper delfin jet waterloo warbirds

    Aero L-29 "Viper" Delfin Jet - Waterloo Warbirds

    copa nov 11 formation group

    COPA Nov 11th Formation Group

    boeing stearman dave hewitt

    Boeing-Stearman – Dave Hewitt

    beechcraft model 18 canadian queen expeditor dave hewitt

    Beechcraft Model 18, Canadian Queen Expeditor – Dave Hewitt

    f1 rocket tom martin

    F1 Rocket - Tom Martin

    t33 mako shark jet waterlool warbirds

    T-33 Mako Shark Jet - Waterloo Warbirds

    aeronca l16s canadian bushhawks

    Aeronca L-16s - Canadian Bushhawks

    Air Salute Partners

    Edward Jones Scott Carrie

    Partnership Information

    About Us

    OUR MISSION – To create a unique and interesting, fun family experience by enhancing aviation knowledge and awareness of the armed forces while enriching the economic development and financial health of local business and organizations.

    OUR VISION – To inspire passion, interest and education in aviation.

    WHO WE ARE - The biennial not for profit AirFest is a successful community event that has been voted Best Airshow in Canada by Airshow Review Magazine. This all-encompassing event attracts more than 10,000 in attendance and show cases local and international aviation experiences. We support our economy by partnering with local businesses and donating to not for profit programs benefiting our communities. We introduce our youth to the aviation industry by inspiring them with hands-on and interactive education displays. We celebrate our Veterans and Canadian Military by providing exclusive viewing and display opportunities along with making donations to beneficial organizations.

    CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS - Since 2006, more than $150,000 has been distributed to local nonprofits including: St Thomas Elgin General Hospital, St. John Ambulance, 741 St Thomas Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Knights of Columbus, Military Family Resource and many more.


    OUR THEME - The AirFest 2022 theme, “An Air Experience To Remember” showcases all that makes St Thomas and Elgin County the community of progress. A unique exciting event that brings a wide variety of aircraft from World War One to modern day, allowing all levels of aviation enthusiasts to partake in a hands-on experience they won’t soon forget.

    Our 2022 Partners

    Our Partners
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    Come Fly with Us

    AirFest 2022 is an exciting, action packed family oriented event. The show offers a vibrant, high exposure venue with a variety of sponsorship and corporate hosting levels. From community exposure, brand recognition, employee and customer satisfaction/a summer staff party or just a fantastic day away with family and friends, our packages are varied and affordable.

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    Want to become part of the Great Lakes International Airshow team? Help out with one of the largest airshows in Southwestern Ontario!

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    Vendor Application

    Want to sell your products on the grounds of the Great Lakes International Airshow? Apply to become a vendor for the show weekend!