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‘Plan ahead’: Here’s what you need to know about getting around Quinte West during the upcoming Air Show

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will perform at the Quinte International Air Show June 29-30. – Photo via Quinte International Air Show website

Thousands of visitors are expected at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton over the Canada Day long weekend as the Quinte International Air Show returns to Quinte West on Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, for the first time since 2016.

Significant vehicle traffic is anticipated throughout Quinte West on both days, with many City spaces available for free parking. Residents should plan ahead to avoid traffic delays, whether attending the air show or not.

Road Closures and Restrictions

Old Highway 2 Closure – June 29-30

Old Highway 2 will be closed to through traffic between RCAF Road and Whites Road from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both days. Drivers should use Highway 401 or Hamilton Rd. for detours.

Parking and Stopping Restrictions

  • Whites Rd. and RCAF Rd.: No parking and no stopping from June 27-30.
  • Meyers Creek Rd.: Restricted to local traffic only between Hamilton Rd. and Whites Rd.
  • South Perimeter Rd.: Restricted to local traffic only.

Free air show parking will be available at various lots in Quinte West and Belleville. Attendees are encouraged to carpool when possible.

Shuttle and Transit Services

Free shuttles will run between designated parking lots and 8 Wing/CFB Trenton approximately every 30 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on June 29-30. Note that shuttle buses are not accessible for wheelchairs or mobility devices. Accessible Quinte Access buses will be available from all shuttle lots for visitors requiring accessible transit.

Free Air Show Parking Locations with Shuttle and Quinte Access Services

  • Loyalist College: 376 Wallbridge Loyalist Rd., Belleville
  • Bayside Public School: 132 Aikins Rd., Belleville
  • Aikins Road Lot: 378 Aikins Rd., Quinte West
  • Whites Road Lot: 70 Whites Rd., Quinte West
  • Carrying Place Industrial Park: 2nd Dug Hill Rd., and Loyalist Pkwy. Rd., Quinte West
  • Trent Port Marina: Multiple lots, 15 Creswell Dr., Quinte West
  • Centennial Park: 12 Couch Cres., Quinte West (approx. 60 min. walk)

Walkable Air Show Parking Locations (No Shuttle Services)

  • 8 Wing/CFB Northwest PMQ: RCAF Rd., and Namao Dr., Quinte West (approx. 40 min. walk)
  • 8 Wing/CFB Northeast PMQ: RCAF Rd., and Westwin Ave., Quinte West (approx. 45 min. walk)
  • ‘Approach Lights’ Lot: RCAF Rd., and Old Highway 2, Quinte West (approx. 30 min. walk)

Free Bike Parking

Free bike parking will be available on the north side of the 8 Wing/CFB Trenton Parade Square at 142 Yukon St., Quinte West. Cyclists should bring their own lock as the bike parking lot is not secured.

The City of Quinte West is proud to host the Quinte International Air Show, celebrating the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 100 years of service. More information is available at quinteairshow.ca.

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