So where is the best place to take your family to spot planes taking off and landing at YYZ? Years ago as I child I remember "Pepi's Jet Set Drive Inn" which I think was on Dixon / Airport Road. The parking lot was adjacent to the main North / South runway. You could grab some fast food and watch the planes up close as they flew over. I would like to offer the same experience to my wife and son. Any suggestions as to where to park and watch the planes fly by (up close)?
I like #7. From Derry, turn into FedEx and it is at the end of the road. You can watch planes taking off and landing from both directions. Since it is a dead end, you don't worry about traffic and let the kids roam freely. Bring drink/snack as there is no service around. Yes, empty the bladder (at Wendy's) before you get there. Lots of spotters here with ATC radio scanners, you can listen in and know what is coming and going. All spotter are very friendly. Check my handle.
Warning about #8. The plane landing on runway 23 seems appear all the sudden above your head and loud. Small kids may be scared.