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Vacation To Hamilton And Montreal (Pics+Vids)  
User currently offlinecanadianpylon From Canada, joined May 2003, 349 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6812 times:

Greetings everyone!

I usually post a Trip Report with a lot of verbage, but have opted for a photo essay this time around. I took a look at my photo album on photobucket, an saw that I had 70+ photos for the trip report! If a picture is worth a 1000 words, than I’m sitting on a potential encyclopaedia.

This trip was a flight to Hamilton (YHM) from my hometown of Winnipeg, and back. On the trip I would see many friends and family I have not seen in many years. During our time away, we would drive up to Montréal to see more family.

Firstly, links to videos of the takeoffs and landings in Winnipeg and Hamilton:

Takeoff from Winnipeg
Landing at Hamilton
Takeoff from Hamiton
Landing at Winnipeg

Let the photo essay begin!

At Winnipeg Airport (YWG), before the flight.

Our Flight

Overlooking Arrivals Area

Departures Hall before security

Check in area

Departures Board with our flight

Look towards downtown Winnipeg from the terminal

The end of the Transborder Area of the terminal

Medical Emergency on one of the flights

Planes at YWG

Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounge. I do not have access.

My fuel for the day

Looking down the gate areas post security

The Flight Out! To Southern Ontario, ho!
The flight was late leaving (30 minutes), but we eventually got out. The plane was late arriving from Calgary.

Where’s our plane?

It finally showed up, and we started boarding

Looking out from my seat

Plane was about 80% full

Decent legroom

Worked on my laptop to pass the time

Started Descent in Hamilton

After landing at Hamilton, and at the gate

Being outside, because Hamilton does not have jet bridges

Arrival Area at Hamilton

The vacation begins!
This trip started in Hamilton, and then we drove to Montréal.

Our ride for the vacation

Convenient onRoutes on the 401 between Toronto and Montréal. Very clean. Very nice.

When in Montréal, you must go to…

Schwatrz’s World Famous $6 Smoked Meat sandwich

Street Advertisement in Montréal

Trudeau Airport (YUL) early in the morning
I picked up my brother from Trudeau airport (I still want to call it Dorval) as he was flying in from Alberta. It was pretty early in morning, as he was taking the redeye.


The Control Tower

The Marriott, attached to the Terminal

Looking towards the domestic pier and Mont Royal

Near the restaurants inside the terminal. I wonder what time it is?

Domestic Check in

International Check in

Domestic Arrivals

My brother arrived with no issue. We met with family, and had a great time. It was far too short of a time to spend in Montréal before we had to head home. We packed up on the Monday, and headed back to Hamilton to catch our flight on Tuesday.

On the day we were flying, we decided to go to the beach at Port Dalhousie in the morning, as our flight didn’t leave until 6:30pm. It was a great way to end the trip, and relax before we left.

Also, Port Dalhousie is directly underneath the arrival pattern for Toronto City airport (YTZ).

One of the planes flying over us at the beach

Another one not too far behind the first

Admittedly, I took those photos with a 300mm lens, so they weren’t that close. :P

The Trip Home
After 10 days, it was time to head home. It was a busy trip with lots of driving, but well worth it.


Hamilton Airport Terminal

Check in area

Departures and Arrivals board

Tim Horton’s selection of treats are a bit scarce at this time of day

The Security entrance, to the gates

Hamilton gates post security

Lining up to get onboard, inside the terminal

Our plane home

The name is Bond…No, not THAT Bond

Lining up to get onboard, outside the terminal. Thankfully, it was nice and sunny

Shortly after takeoff, we passed this city… London (YXU), I think?

Unknown airport near Sault Ste. Marie, I think.

Arriving at Winnipeg

Conclusions and observations

This was another great WestJet experience. It was about $1800 for 4 of us to fly.

Both flights were delayed, but not by much. The service onboard was sufficient, and the TVs mostly worked…Mostly. Out of the 4 of us travelling, at least 3 of us had working TVs for the flights.

For a 2.5 hour, the flight was very comfortable.

Hamilton airport is a small airport, and sure feels like it. It is 5minutes from check-in to the boarding gate. Some sections (security) didn’t have air conditioning, so some parts of the airport were very warm.

That concludes my flying for the year. I might try to get to Vegas for a weekend in November or another trip to Vancouver in September. One, both, or neither. Looking at my Visa card, I’m leaning towards neither…   

Thanks for taking the time to view this TR. As always, I really appreciate feedback!

Again, here are the links to the videos of takeoffs and landings:

Takeoff from Winnipeg
Landing at Hamilton
Takeoff from Hamiton
Landing at Winnipeg


Always looking for the longest route with the most transfers.
3 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlinecanadianpylon From Canada, joined May 2003, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5424 times:

Sorry about some of the pics going funny.... I've fixed the photos and all should be working again!

Always looking for the longest route with the most transfers.
User currently offlinebeeweel15 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5031 times:

Does Hamilton Airport have US Pre-Clearence for flights to the USA

User currently offlinecanadianpylon From Canada, joined May 2003, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4979 times:

Quoting beeweel15 (Reply 2):
Does Hamilton Airport have US Pre-Clearence for flights to the USA

It does not. It has a Canada Customs facility, though. All US flights would be treated as international flights.

The airport is pretty small, being in the shadow of the monster known as YYZ.

Always looking for the longest route with the most transfers.
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