Go Back   FlyerTalk Forums > Miles&Points > Airlines and Mileage Programs > Air Canada | Aeroplan
Sign in using an external account

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jun 20, 11, 11:08 am   #1
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Toronto
Programs: AC SE (+1MM)
Posts: 240
Air Canada Plane Spotting YYZ (Toronto)

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)?
Jim007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20, 11, 11:10 am   #2
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Toronto, ON
Programs: AC*A
Posts: 3,131
Check out this site: it lists a few options http://contrailsphotography.com/spottingyyz.html

I like #8 for arrivals from the east/departures to the west. and #7 for arrivals from the west.
ChrisA330 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20, 11, 11:36 am   #3
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: YYZ
Programs: AC E; UA 2P; SPG Gold; A3 Blue; AA Silver
Posts: 2,385
I like spot 8 - Never any security hassling you, and the Wendy's is there if you get hungry/thirsty.
DaveTO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20, 11, 11:41 am   #4
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 5,841
Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8H7 Safari/6533.18.5)

Wendy's is the best place, by far. By two-year-old loves watching the planes land there.
YYZC2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20, 11, 12:36 pm   #5
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Toronto
Programs: AC SE (+1MM)
Posts: 240
Thank You for your help. I think spot 8, particularly the Wendy's is where the old Drive In restaurant was when I was a kid. I am going to take my family to spot 8 as soon as I get a chance...
Jim007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20, 11, 12:46 pm   #6
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 5,841
Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8H7 Safari/6533.18.5)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim007
Thank You for your help. I think spot 8, particularly the Wendy's is where the old Drive In restaurant was when I was a kid. I am going to take my family to spot 8 as soon as I get a chance...
It's most fun when the planes are landing on that runway (23?). Check liveatc.net to hear which runway is active before you go to best stake out your spot.

There is also a liveatc iPhone app (yes, I am that big of a nerd).
YYZC2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20, 11, 1:06 pm   #7
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: YTZ
Programs: Hertz PC; National EE; CX, Hilton, Marriott & SPG Gold; AC Tangerine
Posts: 5,476
If they are landing from the west to the east, location #6 is fine. Otherwise, Wendy's is the best.

Brian
briantoronto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20, 11, 4:02 pm   #8
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: YVR
Programs: AC E50K
Posts: 870
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.
Spot planes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20, 11, 4:09 pm   #9
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: YVR
Programs: AC E50K
Posts: 870
Quote:
Originally Posted by briantoronto View Post
If they are landing from the west to the east, location #6 is fine. Otherwise, Wendy's is the best.

Brian
Dixie Road (spot #6) is now no parking. Traffic on Dixie Road is fast and not recommended for small kids running around.
Spot planes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20, 11, 4:24 pm   #10
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: YTZ
Programs: Hertz PC; National EE; CX, Hilton, Marriott & SPG Gold; AC Tangerine
Posts: 5,476
FEDEX is fine, but you don't get the shock and awe that Wendy's gives you:


Blue Angel by BriYYZ, on Flickr


Air France A340-300 F-GNIH by BriYYZ, on Flickr


Emirates A380 by BriYYZ, on Flickr
briantoronto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20, 11, 4:26 pm   #11
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: YTZ
Programs: Hertz PC; National EE; CX, Hilton, Marriott & SPG Gold; AC Tangerine
Posts: 5,476
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spot planes View Post
Dixie Road (spot #6) is now no parking. Traffic on Dixie Road is fast and not recommended for small kids running around.
You don't park on Dixie, of course. You park on Director Gate (the road off Dixie), or in a lot off Davand.
briantoronto is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Bookmarks


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 1:48 am.




SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.