The Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017 arrived in Dawson City! This travelling air show is visiting 97 Arctic communities this summer, to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. From what I hear, it was Dawson City’s first Air Show!

It was delayed several times throughout the day. I missed the last hour delay announcement so I had an hour on Front Street along the Yukon River watching the Klondike Spirit paddle boat…

… scouting for a good location to photograph the planes…… puppy watching…

…. more puppy watching…

… bird eating a carpenter ant watching…

… thinking he should go for the spiders too…

… watching the crowd start to grow along the dyke…

… and then deciding down along the river bank would be the perfect spot.

Finally after 4pm there was a loud jet noise out of nowhere, and a CF-18 Hornet flew shockingly fast from the rear of town over the river, and then seemingly stopped over the river. What an opening show!

Each plane in the show flew over the river several times. The entire show must have been longer than an hour!

I’ve took about 300 photos. Here’s a small collection of them!

Some of the planes flew upside down! Some went way way up, straight up, and then came thundering down. Others flew loops.

After work was over, Jeff joined me down on the river’s edge.

Then we had two planes at once!! These were flown by a father and son duo.

What an exhilarating afternoon! Glad we had so many summer tourists in town to share the experience!

If you live in Canada’s Arctic, check the map to see when the air show will be over your community!


Lisa (Verkley) Schuyler is a blogger reporting live from her new home in Canada's Yukon Territory. Often found wearing a hoodie, covered in pet hair, Lisa is a mis-placed forester who now spends her days engineering happiness for WordPress users. Lisa loves nature, animals, and most importantly, her handsome husband Jeff.

2 Replies to “Dawson City’s first Air Show

  1. Thanks for the photos, Lisa, they are awesome! You must have a great camera…the shots are so clear. But of course it was also the great work of the photographer as well! lol I love air shows, but I find it is hard on the neck…:)

    1. Thanks Gail! Most of the plane shots were with my Nikon D90 DSLR camera with a 300mm zoom lens. Some of the pictures were practically straight up in the air above me!

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