Snowbirds fly over Sault Ste. Marie Monday morning

Snowbirds in flight photo supplied by Matthew Armstrong

The Snowbirds have resumed their cross-country salute to Canadians helping fight the spread of COVID-19 after wintry weather forced them to hold yesterday. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will cross the country to salute Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19. This unique mission is being aptly dubbed Operation Inspiration.

The team’s signature nine-jet formation, with trailing white smoke, flew over cities across the country starting in Nova Scotia this weekend and working west throughout the week. The team will release anticipated locations, routes, and times on their social media platforms each day. Flyovers will occur at an elevation no lower than 500 feet above all obstacles.

Video by Sophie Paradiso

“Every year, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds travel the country putting smiles on the faces of Canadians,” said Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, Commander Royal Canadian Air Force.

“While Canadians may not be able to gather at air shows for now, we’re honoured to bring the Snowbirds team to Canadians and to pay special tribute to them. We encourage Canadians to observe the flyovers from the safety of their home and refrain from travelling to see the flyovers. Please maintain physical distancing practices that are keeping us all safe. The snowbirds flew over the Sault at 10:45 a.m. today.


  1. I really enjoyed watching the jets fly over the city and spreading that pollution around evenly. The carbon tax should have been cancelled today

    • Yeah, have mixed feelings about….’while you’re stuck in inside we’re free as a snowbird’…

      Fail l to see the inspiration in well paid Airforce pilots zooming and flipping across the country.

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