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Social Recap: The Week That Was in Barrie

The Canadian Snowbirds: the 411 on the 431

It comes down to who you know and even who you are.  Now if you are, ummmmm….Jeff Lehman, for example, hanging out with the Canadian Snowbirds is basically what you’d call “Wednesday”. 

Now let’s take the example a step further and say, if you were Steve from Barrie Uncovered, you’d call hanging out with the Snowbirds a “Once in a Lifetime!”  Ask Steve about it when you run into him.  “They never let anyone on the runway when the Snowbirds are doing a show.  I was so excited that I was asked to be there and got exclusive photos at Edenvale Airport.”  So are we!

So what’s the 411 on the 431?

Yeah, what is 431 anyways?  The Canadian Snowbirds are officially known as 431 Air Demonstration Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force.  Military Aerobatics is their thing.  When we checked out what the Snowbirds purpose is, (besides making large crowds oooh and aaah) we found it’s to, “demonstrate the skill, professionalism, and teamwork of Canadian Forces personnel.” 

When we say Canadian Forces what is the first thing that you think about?  Base Borden, of course.  CFB Borden is the largest training wing in the Canadian Armed Forces. Our military has been training there since 1916 and the aerobatic flying team since 1929.  Does history interest you?  Then head over to Base Borden’s musuem and check out the memorabilia.  Afterwards you can play a round of golf at the Borden Golf Club.   (Hey if it rains then don’t forget about North Swing!)

Okay, back to good ‘ole Barrie and the Canadian Snowbirds!  Did you take pics?  Our photographer was on the runway, so we really want to see pics that you took.  Did you watch from Heritage Park, Centennial, or Allandale?  What can you share about your experience watching the Canadian Snowbirds?  Leave us a comment on FB or Insta and show us your pics! #barrieuncovered (We promise to have something to say on EVERY pic and comment! Cause we are just wordy like that!)

Written by: Sharon Johnston | Images by: Stephen Elliot

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