Snowbirds return to Kelowna

The Kelowna Rotary Club is bringing the Canadian Forces Snowbirds here on Monday to provide a 35-minute aerial show over the area of Waterfront Park.

Vern Nielsen, spokesman for the Kelowna Rotarians, said the show will start at 5 p.m.

It will be proceeded by a fundraising gala banquet on Sunday, 6:30 p.m., at the Coast Capri Hotel, in honour of the Snowbirds’ visit.

Tickets are still available at $100/person, with a Snowbird pilot to be seated at every table.

For tickets to the banquet, call 250-762-5050 or go to

Nielsen said there will be photo opportunities with the Snowbird pilots and team members along with entertainment by a singer.

Nielsen said the opportunity to host a show by the Snowbirds started out as a mere coincidence.

“I happening to be talking to a friend of mine who had just retired from the Armed Forces. He knows the Snowbirds commanding officer and some of the pilots,” Nielsen recalled. “He suggested we should bring them to Kelowna this summer, and I said absolutely.”

His friend made some calls and found out another B.C. community was interested in bringing the Snowbirds to their town, but hadn’t completed all the paperwork yet.

“He said if we get our (paperwork) in right away there’s a good chance we could get them and that’s what happened.”


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