Canada and especially Ontario is a fascinating place for the traveller. With its beautiful capital Ottawa, the bustling mega city of Toronto, the Niagara Falls and endless lakes and wildlife it is a destination for itself, but it also caters for the people who have a special interest in aviation.
Point of entry for most is the Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport with various daily flights from Germany, although since a few years Ottawa also receives a daily Air Canada Boeing 767 from Frankfurt.
Our journey also starts in Toronto, where the small but unique Toronto Island Airport is the first point of call. Beautiful nestled on the shoreline close to downtown Toronto, it is served by Dash8 flights from Air Canada and Porter Airlines, which are homebased at YTZ. Our main interest however belongs to another operator out of YTZ, Trans Capital Air, and their Dash7 which are mainly operated for the United Nations. A friendly request and an apron visit is granted, together with a photo of Philipp and me in front of the iconic Dash7 and Torontos CN Tower.
The next day sees a drive to the south of Toronto, where the airport of Hamilton is located. Beside from the regular cargo operations and a few Westjet flights it is home to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and because of a movie shooting one of a very few Ford TriMotors was a very welcome visitor for us.
Talking about aviation museums a visit to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum is also a must for the enthusiast. Easiest way from Toronto is a short hop on one of plenty daily Westjet flights to Canadas capital. As we have plenty of time we not only visit the museum, we also have a closer look at the airfield of Gatineau, which is located close by and caters for the french speaking community of Canada with daily flights to Montreal.
When thinking of Canada and aviation, one thing almost immediately comes into mind….. seaplanes. Just a few hours north of Toronto, close to Algonquin National Park, more than thousand lakes make a perfect surrounding for floatplane operations. Parry Sound for example has a nice seaplane base with daily sightseeing flights and the Found Company and their facilities are located at the Parry Sound Regional Airport. Another large base is located close to Orillia, where countless smaller aircraft are overhauled during winter for the coming seaplane summer season.
As this is just a very small overview of the aviation scene, there is of course plenty more to see…..but this takes time as the distances between the airports and seaplane bases are rather long compared to European standards.