Here are a few tips to help make your airshow experience a safe and pleasant one!
On-line ticket assistance
Shortly after you order your tickets you will receive a confirmation email. Make sure you click on the “Print Your Tickets” button to print out your bar-coded ticket. If you think you haven’t received your email, first check your Junk/Spam/Trash mailbox. If you still have a problem please call the ticket helpdesk toll-free 1-877-700-3130.
Clothing and water
- Wear comfortable walking shoes as the air show grounds are expansive, and you will be partly on grass.
- Weather is always uncertain. Come adequately prepared for a day in the open air. If sunny, don’t forget to bring sunscreen or a hat to protect yourself.
- Drink water to prevent dehydration. **Bring your own bottle, as water refilling stations will be available onsite this year
- If you are noise sensitive or have children that may be noise sensitive, please consider bringing noise blocking aids (ear plugs, headsets, etc).
- Please pick up any loose garbage you find and deposit it in the nearest garbage container as loose garbage could get sucked up into aircraft engines.
For the best experience buy your tickets on-line in advance and avoid the line-ups. Admission at the gate is cash, debit or credit. Food vendors accept cash only. There is an ATM in the airport terminal
Aero Gatineau-Ottawa takes place rain or shine. Most of the performers can adapt to the weather conditions, while the ground activities, the displays, the kiosks and the Aerospace Pavilion (Sept 6-8 only) are open to the public regardless of the weather.
The complete show schedule will be available just prior to show days.
For Sept 6-8 Aero show:
Friday 6: Gates open at 5pm, site closes at 8pm.
Sat-Sun 7 and 8: Gates open at 9:30 am, site closes at 5pm For guidance, there will be activity throughout the morning, with the formal show starting around noon. The Snowbirds are traditionally the last to perform, at around 3:30pm. Sign up for our newsletter to be sure of the latest information!
Air show security reserves the right to hand-search all backpacks and bags.
There is absolutely NO SMOKING on any of the airport grounds. Anyone wishing to smoke must do so outside of the main gates.
Outside food, drinks and coolers
Outside food and drinks are permitted. However, coolers are prohibited except for small coolers carrying life saving medicines or formula bottles for young infants. A variety of food and drink options will be available for purchase from air show vendors.
You are prohibited from bringing in alcoholic drinks.
The following items are prohibited: coolers, tents, bicycles, roller blades, ladders, large umbrellas, glass or styrofoam containers.
The following items are permitted: chairs, strollers, cameras, blankets, small umbrellas.
No pets (dogs, etc) will be allowed past the main gates. The only exceptions are for service animals, but if they are sensitive to noise, the airport site is not a good venue to have them.
Parking & directions
Leave early and prepare to be patient. The airshow is at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport located on Highway 50 approximately 20kms east of downtown Ottawa, and a 90 minutes drive from Montreal. On arrival exit Highway 50 at Blvd de Aéroport, Exit 154. (GPS; 1717 Rue Arthur-Fecteau, Gatineau, QC J8R 2Z9).
Parking is free and is available in parking lots east and west of the airport. (**Plan to arrive early!) Police and volunteers will direct you to the lots. Shuttle buses will run between the parking areas and the Airshow Main gates
Remember where you have parked for the return bus ride!
Parking for disabled permit holders and Drop-Offis available in front of the airport terminal.
A very limited number of RV parking places will be available for the September event, at $30 for the weekend. Please reserve your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Vehicles must be in place prior to 2pm Friday 6th. After parking go to the main gate and purchase and display your permit.
CARPOOLING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
Fly-ins will be possible outside of airshow hours. Check back for procedures – and check the NOTAMS!
This year we will be offering a discounted ticket at 50% off the Gate price for our serving and retired military. There will be a designated area for veterans with limited mobility along the crowd line. Chairs will not be provided, please bring your own. Parking for disabled parking permit holders and Drop-Off is available in front of the airport terminal building.