I guess Fairmont will be a great place for seeing the ground and also landings on 26R. If you want to see heavies (international flights), look during the morning. JL, CI, CX (double daily), AC, MU, SQ (about noon), KE (about noon) all come in during the morning rush hour and depart at around 13:00.
Perhaps taking a scanner might be fun. Leave the frequency on 119.55 (Tower) and I suppose you'll have an interesting morning.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7623 posts, RR: 38 Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1194 times:
Quoting N737af (Reply 5): Also, where is a good place to spot (other than the hotels).
Is there a good place to see the heavies arrive?
The northern runway (08L/26R) is usually the one used for arrivals and the southern runway (08R/26L) is usually used for departures and the odd arrival.
Anyway, the best place for spotting (I'm assuming you'll have a car), is if you drive back towards the terminal from your hotel, and just before the big Air Canada Hanger on your right side, turn right at the traffic light ( it should be Templeton Street). Keep following that road and you'll see the runway on your left side and a gravel layway on your right side, that's where we all usually hang out and spot.
If runway 08L is in use, just keep following the same road towards Iona Beach, and once you get to the Ocean, you'll see another layway on the left side which is right by the threshold of RWY 08L.
The Asian Heavies usually arrive in the morning and early afternoon where the Europeans arrive from late morning, all through the afternoon and into the early evening.
Hope this helps and have a great time in Vancouver!