Toronto Pearson Airport airplane watch spots

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could jump on a plane and have a getaway any time you wanted. Because that idea might get a little too pricey, certain group of people have decided to do the next best thing: watch planes land and take off at the airport. These people are called “spotters” and you can meet some of them at key locations around Pearson International Airport.

Bring your lawn-chair, sit down, have an iced or hot drink, maybe order fast food and spark up a conversation with the person next to you about planes or politics, you’ll be amazed at how knowledgeable some Spotters are about airplanes. They’re able to tell you the make and model just by the sound of the engines.  Even if you don’t want to meet new people, key locations around the airport are perfect to bring a date or two.

You can get a perfect view of plane landings at Renforth & Silver Dart Drive, however there is nowhere to park. Below we list a few locations for safe plane watching excursions.

Always popular, Wendy’s and Country Style plaza at Airport Rd & Orlando Drive.


Bramalea Rd & Derry Rd to either watch the landings or FedEx packing their planes.


Warehouses and side street of Derry Rd & Medway Cresent


Dixie & Director Gate



Renforth & Carlingwood Drive along Meteor Drive, park to watch the planes and go for wings at Hooters!



If you want to park your car and take a walk or bike, there is a great trail at Etobicoke Creek Trail stretching from the 401 to Pony Tail Drive South. It has a fantastic view of planes landing or taking off from runways 6L and 6R. You can access the trail from Courtney Park Drive & Britannia Rd East.


The hotels near by also provide rooms with a great views of the runways, Sherton Gateway Hotel has the best views available where you can watch take offs and landings while ordering room service! (Great overnight date night, hint hint)

Other hotels with views are Travelodge, Hotel Carlingview, Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites, Courtyard Toronto Airport, Marriott, Holiday Inn., The Westin Bristol Place and Quality Suites where you can see the planes from the roof top parking lot.

Just keep in mind to ask for a room with a view of the airport!