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User currently offlinesomething From United Kingdom, joined May 2011, 1633 posts, RR: 21
Posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4334 times:

In this related thread I am asking for advice about spotting in and around Toronto and Montreal. If I am going, I'll be staying for a week and want to break up the trip between a few days in Toronto and Montreal. If weather and time permit, I'd love to nail some birds while I am there and I'm wondering what airports are best to do that.

- YYZ has the iconic gas station shots, but other than that the airport seems rather inaccessible.

- YTZ has some great shots with the Toronto skyline in the background. Where would I need to go for those?

- YZD worth a visit at all? Would be amazing to catch something exotic there, but I wouldn't be too thrilled about wasting one of my few precious days there waiting.

- YOW sees a lot of Canadian North 737-200. Are there any schedules for them? And how accessible is that place?

- YTR same question as for YOW. Any way of finding out about the traffic in advance and is photography possible there?

- YUL seems great. Can I move around on public transport or would I need a car?


Thanks so much in advance  


..sick of it. -K. Pilkington.
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User currently offlineYchocky From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4310 times:

CYOW

Canadian North has morning departures 8 AM - 10

Arrivals from 4 PM to 7

http://www.canadiannorth.com/sites/d.../files/content/flight_schedule.pdf

First Air is similar with morning departures and an 8 PM departure.

Arrivals are 4 PM to 8

YUL, YYZ and YOW will require a car. For Ottawa city bus service is available from downtown to the airport but you'll be walking a fair bit.

Spotting guides for a few CDN airports is here http://www.contrailsphotography.com/spotting.html


User currently offlinesomething From United Kingdom, joined May 2011, 1633 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4302 times:

Ah, thank you so much   Can't wait to for the 737-200 bonanza that YOW seems to be.
The website you link to is excellent. I had actually written spotting at YYZ off (it appeared to me to be somewhat inaccessible) but the website has totally changed my perception of it. Is it still accurate? The pictures on there are extremely old and some of the spots may not exist anymore?

And one other thing.. almost every position mentions ''annoying security''. I thought this paranoia was an American thing. Is it really that bad there? That would be quite disappointing to learn.



..sick of it. -K. Pilkington.
User currently offlineacote From Canada, joined May 2010, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4291 times:

Hi Something,

For YUL you definitely needs a car to move around the airport. The spotting guide for YUL on the site that Ychocky posted is very accurate.

If you're coming to YUL, you can email me to see if we can meet and do a little spotting together.

Thanks

Alexandre


User currently offlineYchocky From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4288 times:

Quoting something (Reply 2):
Ah, thank you so much Can't wait to for the 737-200 bonanza that YOW seems to be.
The website you link to is excellent. I had actually written spotting at YYZ off (it appeared to me to be somewhat inaccessible) but the website has totally changed my perception of it. Is it still accurate? The pictures on there are extremely old and some of the spots may not exist anymore?

And one other thing.. almost every position mentions ''annoying security''. I thought this paranoia was an American thing. Is it really that bad there? That would be quite disappointing to learn.

A thorough look at the YYZ guide indicates it is indeed out of date.

The map on the right side (open it in a full window) of this site http://spottingatyyz.blogspot.com/ is up to date.

As for security concerns, YOW spotting areas are on public roads, at YYZ the only places I've had issues is the 24L&R approach area (The ravine where the AF 340 left the runway) Peel Regional Police will ask you to move. Bring a scanner and time your arrival to the spot if needed and move along.


User currently offlineYchocky From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4246 times:

Dug up the following link http://hotrampphotography.blogspot.c...10/spotting-at-8-wing-trenton.html for spotting at YTR.

I have yet to visit myself, spare for the static collection whilst passing through.


User currently offlineKeKeKumba From Canada, joined Jul 2010, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4111 times:

For YOW on that Contrails site, spots #1-4 are all great for dep/arr on 25, and especially departures off 07. #5 is a fun spot for 32 arrivals, but you can't see a whole lot for departures. 14 is barely used, and doesn't have great spots, so I won't bother with that. Keep in mind the drive around from the side of 07/25 over to the top of 32 can take a few minutes. YOW might be a bit of a boring airport in terms of activity, but the spotting areas really are very good. It's best to check Flight Aware for the 732 traffic, but they're basically always on-time. Security is pretty much non-existent at YOW. You'll see like the bird guy or whatever drive around the perimeter of the airport, but that's it. You're free to do what you like more or less.

There's lots of great sites for YUL, but on that Contrails site I can vouch for spots #1, 2, 6, 7, 8. I'd recommend a step ladder if you're taking photos. In fact, I almost wouldn't go without one, but that's just me. Only thing I should point out is that I got my car window smashed and all my camera gear stolen last time I was there. Just south of the airport on the corner of Sources and St. Louis at a Subway. It's unlikely to happen, but just something to keep in mind.

[Edited 2011-08-18 01:06:04]

User currently offlineac888yow From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 531 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3844 times:

Quoting KeKeKumba (Reply 6):
Security is pretty much non-existent at YOW. You'll see like the bird guy or whatever drive around the perimeter of the airport, but that's it. You're free to do what you like more or less.

1) Security and police patrol the perimeter all day, every day.
2) There are cameras littered around the field and I assure you the SOC (Security Operations Center) can see you.
3) The fencing can detect abnormal vibration activity.
4) Airport Watch volunteers have their eye on the perimeter every day.

Bottom line: YOW is a very spotter-friendly airport with a lot of great spotting locations that allow you to get quite close to the action. Don't abuse the privilege. You'll not only get caught but also ruin it for everyone else in the process. Be sensible, lawful, and have fun.


User currently offlineKeKeKumba From Canada, joined Jul 2010, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3811 times:

 

I fully realize and understand all of that. Having spent hundreds and hundreds of hours there over the years and met and got to know various airport watch members, I think I know what I can and can't do there. The whole intent of those few lines was that if you don't do anything you obviously shouldn't do, you will have no problems. I wasn't claiming that there's no security there and you can do whatever you please no matter how I worded everything and you interpreted it. I was just trying to stress the fact that you have absolutely nothing to worry about at YOW unlike many other airports where the cops will show up within 5 minutes of you standing around the perimeter.

Thanks, though, Captain Serious.


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