Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Friday, June 4, 2010

Canadian Snowbirds - CIAS 2007 - Toronto Air Show

I previously wrote about a Canadian term, snowbirds, in reference to Canadians who winter in the southern US states mainly Arizona, Texas and Florida.  However, Snowbirds also refers to the Canadian icon the Snowbirds Demonstration Team  (431 Squadron).  The 431 Bomber Squadron was formed at Burn, England on November 11, 1942.  The squadron served for the duration of the war then after V-E Day they moved to RCAF Station Dartmouth, Nova Scotia where they disbanded on September 5, 1945.  On January 18, 1954 the 431 Fighter Squadron formed at RCAF Station Bagotville to display the Sabre to the public at airshows.  They disbanded on October 1, 1954.  On April 1, 1978 they were re-activated as 431 Air Demonstration Squadron flying the CT-114 Tutor.  The Sqadron was presented with their Squadron Colours on October 15, 1999 for 25 years of service.
The Snowbirds is comprised of a team of serving members of the Canadian Forces who demonstrate the high level of professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication displayed by women and men of the Air Force and the Canadian Forces.  They work together to bring thrilling performances to the North American public.  The team serve as Canadian ambassadors.  This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Snowbirds Demonstration Team.  Their next performance is the Air Show (Borden) on June 5, 2010 in Borden, ON.  A full listing of their air show schedule can be found by clicking the link.

We have had the opportunity to watch the Snowbirds in action a couple of times.  They are a sight to behold!  The following  Snowbirds Demonstration Team  filmed during the 2007 Canadian International Air Show in Toronto on September 1st and 3rd, 2007. 


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