2018 Cold Lake Airshow Frequently Asked Questions

General Safety Guidelines

We are committed to ensuring guests have a fun and safe family experience during this year's Cold Lake airshow.

In order to ensure everyone's safety, we ask that you observe the following guidelines:

All forms of weapons are prohibited. All persons, vehicles and hand carried items are subject to search at anytime while on 4 Wing Cold Lake property. Narcotics, paraphernalia and alcohol are strictly prohibited. There is no tolerance for fighting or protesting. Failure to follow the rules will result in prosecution and removal from the 4 Wing Cold Lake airshow.

Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only that are clearly marked. Smoking around aircraft and service vehicles is strictly prohibited.

There is enough grass space to accommodate several thousand people. And when you're looking up, there's not a bad seat in the house! Personal umbrellas and lawn chairs are welcome but large parasols and pop-up tents are not permitted. Large tents can easily be carried away by the wind, creating a safety hazard.

Shaded areas are rare at any air show. Please plan accordingly and be sure to bring sunscreen and hats. It may at times be noisy so consider bringing ear protection too.

Food and drink will be available for purchase and FREE water refills will also be available.

What should I bring with me to the Air Show?

In order to ensure that you enjoy the show as much as possible, attendees are encouraged to first and foremost dress according to weather conditions.

Seating will not be available at the show, so visitors are encouraged to bring a folding chair if they wish to sit.

There will be a number of food vendors on the Air Show grounds in addition to a variety of static displays and information booths. These vendors will have both food and drink available for purchase. For those who wish to bring refreshments with them, patrons are permitted to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages with them so long as they are carried in a bag or soft-sided cooler only, but please be aware that all bags and carried items are subject to search by gate security staff and additional wait times will occur.

Prohibited Items:

Weapons (including, but not limited to knives, firearms, explosives, bio/radiological substances)
Coolers (larger than 2 Gallons) unless medically required
Alcoholic Beverages
Large Backpacks
Narcotics and Paraphernalia
Camera Bags (larger than 1 cubic foot)
Pop up Tents
Roller Blades, Skates, Skateboards, (kick and electric) scooters
Bicycles
Pets (service animals are admitted with hosts)

Permitted Items:

Children's wagons (non-motorized)
Small Cooler (smaller than 2 gallons)
Food and Beverage (non-alcoholic)
Standard Backpack
Fanny Packs / Purses
Cell / Smart phone
Camera Bags (smaller than 1 cubic foot)
Diaper Bags
Folding Chairs and Lawn Chairs
Collapsible strollers
Wheelchairs
Hand Held Umbrellas
Handicap Authorized Scooters Only

Your full cooperation is requested at all times to ensure that everyone enjoys the 2018 Cold Lake Airshow as much as possible.

Can I get a ride in a CF-18 (or other CAF aircraft)?

Although 4 Wing will not be authorizing any civilian CF-18 Hornet flights, the public will be able to view the fighter and many other Cold Lake Airshow aircraft up close during the static display portion of the show. Please visit www.coldlakeairshow.com for many more details about the show.

Is it possible to fly a recreational/personal aircraft into 4 Wing Cold Lake for the air show?

At the moment there is no plan to allow visitors or spectators to arrive at 4 Wing Cold Lake by airplane.  The only private aircraft will be the 5 or so airplanes from the Cold Lake municipal airport which will then be part of the static display. 

Are telephoto camera lenses authorized during the Cold Lake Airshow?

During the Cold Lake Airshow, personal camera equipment, including long range telephoto lenses will not be restricted. Attendees are reminded to always stay within prescribed viewing areas, and to respect the boundaries of fellow Cold Lake Airshow spectators. Visitors to the Cold Lake Airshow are encouraged to enjoy the show as much as possible but to always keep safety at the top of their minds.

Where can I purchase tickets? Are VIP zone tickets for sale?

Tickets will be available for purchase online 1 December 2017 (including VIP tickets). Click here to purchase. General Admission tickets will also be at the Cold Lake Airshow entrance gates. 

May I bring my pets with me to the 2018 Cold Lake Airshow?

Unfortunately we are not permitting visitors to bring their pets with them to the 2018 Cold Lake Air Show.  If visiting the area from out of town, we encourage you to leave your pets at home with a neighbor, friend or to an accredited and trusted kennel service and to not leave them in your parked vehicle.  Service animals are permitted so long as they have proper markings and/or identification.

Will there be a place to lock up my bike at the front gate?

We encourage those wishing to take alternate forms of transportation to the 2018 Cold Lake Airshow to do so. As a way of making this initiative more accessible and easier, bike racks will be positioned near the main front gate to the show.

Please feel free to lock up your bike and enjoy the show with the peace of mind in knowing that your bike is safe and secure.

Where can vendors go for information about becoming involved in the 2018 Cold Lake Airshow?

The 2018 Cold Lake Airshow appreciates this event is a unique opportunity to showcase and highlight a number of local and regional businesses, and thanks all vendor requests for their interest in becoming involved.

The primary goal of the 2018 Cold Lake Airshow is to put on a world class airshow, in the form of an affordable experience for the entire family. In order to reach our goal, our plan is to focus on delivering and enabling services which will enhance the air display experience for all spectators. For this year’s show, we will not be hosting any vendors outside those who provide food services or are directly linked to the Department of National Defence.

Please contact Nikki Sinclair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for food vendor information.

Will there be shuttles available for those with limited mobility to get from the parking areas to the entrance gates?

A limited number of disabled parking spaces will be reserved close to the entrance gates for Air Show guests with a valid disabled parking placard. Once parked, you can either make your way to the entrance gate on your own, or flag down one of the many golf carts passing through the parking area. Golf carts do not constitute a shuttle service, and will be available on a first come, first served basis only. Please keep in mind once a golf cart is requested, it may take several minutes for one to pick you up; we appreciate your patience as we work to serve all Air Show guests equally.

Will the viewing area be open during Friday’s pre-Air Show practice slot?

The viewing area adjacent to the 2018 Cold Lake Air Show RV campground will be closed to the general public starting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday July 19, 2018 in order to allow crews time to complete final set up of the RV campground. The area will be clearly marked by traffic cones and will remain closed for the remainder of the Air Show, re-opening on Monday July 23, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. We appreciate your assistance and understanding.

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