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Canada’s First Plane-Spotting Park in Montreal

By LAURA PELLERINE

At Montreal’s new Jacques de Lesseps Park, aviation enthusiasts have one of the best seats in the city to view planes landing and taking off from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. The 975-square-metre (10,500-square-foot) park, which opened on May 25, is the only official plane-spotting park in the country.

While plane-spotters previously had to make due with an empty field, at Jacques de Lesseps Park there are benches and five-tier bleachers, plus the lawn itself has had a makeover with new sod, trees and shrubs. Newbies will appreciate the signs that point out the airport’s many runways at the airport and the best places to see the planes.

The creation of the park is part of the airport’s 70th birthday celebrations and is named after Jacques de Lesseps, the man who piloted the first airplane to fly over Montreal back in 1910. The park, which faces runways 24-L and 06-R, is on Aéroports de Montréal–owned land at the intersection of Halpern and Jenkins avenues in Dorval.

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