The skies over Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean will come alive in a spectacular fashion on June 22 and 23, 2024, with the next edition of the Bagotville International Air Show (BIAS). This year is particularly significant as it marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force, adding an extraordinary dimension to this already renowned event. The festivities promise to be magnificent, featuring breathtaking aerial programming and a host of ground activities.

Royal Canadian Air Force Centennial

The selection of June 22 and 23, 2024, for the BIAS is no coincidence, as it coincides with the centennial of the Royal Canadian Air Force. This timing offers a unique opportunity to jointly celebrate these two major events in the history of Canadian aviation.

Eclectic Programming and Astonishing Demonstrations

The BIAS is an exceptional showcase for Canadian Forces Base Bagotville (CFB Bagotville) and the Royal Canadian Air Force. Aviation enthusiasts will have the chance to witness spectacular aerobatics by various teams, precision flying, and diverse demonstrations featuring an impressive array of military and civilian aircraft. The ground exhibition will also allow visitors to explore various types of aircraft up close.

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean’s Premier Family Event

Undoubtedly, the BIAS is the premier family event in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region. In addition to the breathtaking aerial demonstrations, the site offers a captivating ground exhibition. Thousands of visitors will converge on Bagotville military base to witness this biennial event, which, in its last edition in 2019, attracted more than 143,000 people over two days while remaining carbon-neutral.

Meet the Pilots and Discover Aviation

After their stunning aerial performances, pilots will be available to meet the public. A unique opportunity for visitors to chat with aviation professionals and perhaps inspire the younger generations to embrace this passion. The BIAS thus offers an immersive experience that goes beyond the mere spectacle.

Tips for Maximizing Your Air Show Experience

To make the most of the BIAS, here are some practical tips:

  • Use the shuttles provided to facilitate your travel.
  • Carry cash for various activities and stands on site.
  • Bring earplugs, as the roar of the planes, especially the CF-18, will echo through the sky.
  • Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, as the air show can last several hours.

CFB Bagotville: At the Heart of Aviation in Quebec

Did you know that Canadian Forces Base Bagotville (CFB Bagotville) is the only Royal Canadian Air Force base in Quebec? Since its first edition in 1953, the Bagotville International Air Show has built an enviable reputation in North America, attracting thousands of visitors with each edition.

In conclusion, BIAS 2024 promises to be an exceptional aviation celebration, marking both the centenary of the Royal Canadian Air Force and offering unforgettable moments in the skies of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. Get ready for a one-of-a-kind aerial and terrestrial experience!