Canadian Snowbirds Cross Country Flyover Schedule – Operation INSPIRATION


At Edmonton International Airport Credit: Daniel Sundahl @DanSunPhotoArt

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds have released the initial schedule for the cross-country flight to salute Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19. The unique mission dubbed, Operation INSPIRATION will see the team’s signature nine-jet formation, with trailing white smoke, flying over cities across the country starting in Nova Scotia and working west throughout the week.

Flyovers will occur at an elevation no lower than 500 feet above all obstacles.


Snowbirds Operation INSPIRATION Schedule


Credit: The Canadian Snowbirds

Sunday, May 3: Nova Scotia & New Brunswick

On Sunday, the Snowbirds flew over Newbrunswick and Nova Scotia.

The Snowbirds left CFB Greenwood around 10:30 a.m and flew over Saint John at around 10:40 a.m. and Fredericton at around 11:00 a.m. There was a slight change in the Nova Scotia fly past as the Snowbirds had to miss the Annapolis Valley due to fuel consideration. The team visited Portapique-area around 2:30 p.m. and Halifax around 3:00 p.m.

Week of May 4

The schedule is weather dependent.

Newfoundland and Labrador -TBA

St. John’s: TBD

On Sunday evening, the Snowbirds had announced that they will be visiting St. John’s on Monday, May 4, 3:00 p.m. weather depending. But this tentative decision was put on hold due to inclement weather.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 – PEI, New Brunswick, & Quebec

The Canadian Snowbirds took off from CFB Greenwood at around 09:30 a.m. and flew over Charlottetown to Miscouche, and Moncton in the morning. Following a short break at Moncton, the team visited Miramichi and Bathurst following the Acadian coastline and landed at Charlo. In the afternoon, the team flew past Rimouski and Saguenay, landing at Saguenay around 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 7, 2020 – Quebec & Ottawa


On Thursday, the Snowbirds flew over Saint-Siméon, La Malbaie, Baie-Saint-Paul, Levis and landing at Quebec City. During the second leg of the flypast, visited Trois-Rivières, Drummondville, flying over Granby, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and finally Montreal. The final flypast of the day saw the Snowbirds fly over Cornwall, Ottawa and Gatineau.

Friday, May 8, 2020 – Perth to Trenton, Ontario


Credit: City of Kingston

On Friday, May 8th, after taking off from Gatineau at around 10:40 a.m., the Snowbirds flew over Perth, Smith Falls, Gananoque, Brockville, Kingston, Greater Napanee, Quinte West and landed at Trenton by around 11:40 a.m.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Due to inclement weather, the Snowbirds rescheduled the flight plan to Sunday, May 10th. After taking off on time (9:30 a.m) on May 9th, from CFB Trenton, the Canadian Snowbirds had to turn back after reaching east of Toronto due to snow and hail in and around Toronto.

Sunday, May 10, 2020 – Parts of Southern Ontario

On Sunday, the Canadian Snowbirds flew from Trenton to Toronto, Mississauga to London via Hamilton and Niagara Falls, and London to Barrie.

The team had to miss parts of the planned flight path like Collingwood and Wasaga Beach from London to Barrie due to low cloud cover.

Week of May 11

Monday, May 11, 2020 – Parts of Northern Ontario

On Monday, the Snowbirds flew over the city of Sault Ste Marie at around 10:45 a.m. and Thunder Bay by 1:45 p.m prioritizing hospitals and residential neighbourhoods.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 – Parts of Manitoba & Saskatchewan


The Canadian Snowbirds flew from Winnipeg at around 9:30 a.m. to Brandon via Portage la Prairie and then to Moose Jaw via Virden and Grenfell by around 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 14, 2020 – Saskatchewan & Parts of Alberta

The Snowbirds flew to Saskatoon via Regina from Moose Jaw in the morning and then to Cold Lake via North Battleford, Lloydminster and Cold Lake.

Friday, May 15, 2020 – Parts of Alberta

On Friday, the iconic aerobatic team visited Fort McMurray and Edmonton.

Saturday, May 16, 2020 – Parts of Alberta & British Columbia

On Saturday, the Snowbirds takeoff from Edmonton airport and flew southwest visiting Camrose, Lacombe, Red Deer, and Rocky Mountain House during the first leg of the day. In the afternoon, they flew further west into British Columbia flying over Revelstoke, Salmon Arm and other towns en route and landing at Kamloops by 1:30 p.m.

About Calgary & Southern Alberta Schedule

The Snowbirds said, “A quick rest at home in Moose Jaw & we are off again! We will fly to the West Coast via northern Alberta, returning through southern Alberta. It’s been amazing to put smiles on so many faces. For those we didn’t make it to, we hope to see you soon!”

Sunday, May 17, 2020


On Sunday, the Snowbirds were planning to take off from Kamloops flying past Merritt, Princeton, Penticton, Peachland, Vernon and Kelowna.

Due to inclement weather, the team has postponed the flypast saying, “OKANAGAN: We know some areas are starting to clear up, however, transit through some of the mountain passes have very low cloud cover which is unsafe for flying 9 jets. We are going to preposition to Comox to start working our way west. Don’t worry, the longer-term forecast looks better and we plan to be back on our way home to Moose Jaw! Keep watching our page for updates and enjoy your Sunday!.”

A Snowbird plane crashed on May 17th en route to Comox. The crash was reported around 11:40 a.m on May 17th.


It is heartbreaking to report that Capt. Jenn Casey (Halifax) of the Snowbirds team is dead and another member is badly injured.

A team of military investigators arrived in British Columbia on May 18th to begin searching for answers into Sunday’s deadly Snowbird crash, which the aerobatic team’s commander described as a confluence of “worst-case scenarios, and it became our absolute worst nightmare.”

On May 18th, 431 (Air Demonstration) Squadron Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French released a statement saying, “As of now, Operation INSPIRATION is postponed until further notice, and the entire Snowbird fleet is on an operational pause. Over the coming days the team will re-group, and come together to mourn the loss of our colleague. When appropriate to do so, we will return to 15 Wing Moose Jaw to plan our next steps.”

Monday, May 25, 2020

Facebook Post by The Canadian Snowbirds, “The Snowbirds will be returning to 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Sask. on Monday, May 25 at approximately 2:15 p.m (local time). The Squadron is still grieving deeply and asks for privacy upon their arrival. Citizens that wish to show their support for the team are encouraged to make creative displays or drawing large hearts with sidewalk chalk for the team to see from the sky.

It is important to note Capt Casey died inspiring people across the country to stay home, keep their distance, and stay safe while keeping their spirits high. At the request of Capt Casey’s family, those who wish to show their support for the team are asked to do so in a manner that respects physical distancing guidelines.”

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    1. Janet

      Thank you for doing this, wherever you end up going, it is an inspiration in a anxious time. Great job

      May 16, 2020 at 9:12 AM
    2. Monica

      Special flyover for our seniors in Penticton and area…they have admired you for many decades!! Thank you for your duty!

      May 16, 2020 at 10:03 AM
    3. Ann Winter

      Brought a tear of gratefulness for your gift of giving that is what I see this world is reflecting on in these difficult circumstances. The unity of your skill of working together to maneuver the skies in perfect formation: May we be inspired to bring that focus to the ground to work together as we face the challenges of building a crippling system after this pandemic.

      May 16, 2020 at 11:34 AM
    4. David Worth

      hmmm missed Medicine Hat and missed Calgary?

      May 16, 2020 at 12:00 PM
    5. Daveyboy

      Nuthin so “crippling”us here in. R.D……
      That was great flyover
      Let’s get. COVID, behind, n enjoy this. Country, as NORMAL. !

      May 16, 2020 at 12:18 PM
    6. Edith Mockford

      As a veteran of 25 years (and actually helped coordinate Snowbirds fly by for CFB Petawawa open house in the early 90s), was truly hoping a flyby for Strahtmore

      May 16, 2020 at 8:29 PM
    7. Laura Scott

      Any sign of them coming to the Cloverdale, New West. Vancouver area? I didn’t see any mention. Thanks

      May 17, 2020 at 8:23 AM
    8. Mike ROGERS

      They’re over the Okanagan today, around Kelowna. Looks like Vancouver tomorrow (Monday). Check this website for updates each morning. Apparently Calgary area is scheduled for the return trip, should be Tuesday or Wednesday

      May 17, 2020 at 11:34 AM
    9. Mary and Vic D, Surrey BC

      To all the Canadian Snowbirds and their families, all Canadians mourn your tragic loss. Your Inspiration Tour was so uplifting to all during this challenging time. Thank you for your Inspirational service.

      May 18, 2020 at 5:59 PM
    10. Jane Jamieson

      To all Canadian Snowbird Team & to the Canadian Armed Forces:
      As a hospital worker in Kitchener Ontario, your flyby was uplifting to us all. It brought tears to my eyes and also uplifted my heart. Thank you.
      We, all Canadians, share in your loss and grief and want you all to know we now stand with you as you mourn the loss of Captain Casey. Our thoughts are with all of you, your families and especially the Casey family.

      May 19, 2020 at 1:01 PM
    11. Rick D.

      Dear Snowbirds. You make us forget our differences in this vast country. From coast to coast to coast. We love you and have for 50 years. Sincere best wishes for your return to the sky. Great loss. You are Warriors. You are the best of the best. You are 431.

      May 19, 2020 at 3:16 PM
    12. PB

      As someone who has followed the tour since the beginning, my heart goes out to your entire Snowbird Family. A tragic loss but we are thankful for your inspiration and knowing that we love you for what you have tried to do. Take care of yourselves and hopefully we will see you soon. Take care and we love you!

      May 19, 2020 at 5:34 PM

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