Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

This Montreal Park Is The Perfect Place For Plane Spotting & Hanging Out With Your Crew

Grab a blanket, a few drinks and watch the planes come and go! 🛫

Associate Editor
Person watching a plane take off from Montreal YUL airport. Right: Friends having out at Parc Jacques-de-Lesseps in Montreal, Quebec.

Person watching plane take off from Montreal YUL airport. Right: Friends having out at Parc Jacques-de-Lesseps in Montreal, Quebec.

Everyone's got their favourite Montreal park — or parks — especially when summertime rolls around. But in how many of them can you sit back, relax and watch planes land and take off?

If you're looking for things to do in Montreal this weekend or any weekend, we've got you covered with a casual and fun trip over to Parc Jacques-de-Lesseps, which lets you take in the stellar sights right by Montreal International Airport in Dorval.

Accessing the park is no biggie: it can be reached by both car and public transportation.

Driving over won't take much time from the city centre and parking for the observatory park can be found right off of Côte De Liesse Expressway onto Halpern Avenue.

As for taking the STM, grab the 202 West bus from Du Collège metro station and get off at the Côte De Liesse/Halpern bus stop and walk on over.

The best part of it all? Not only is it the perfect date idea, activity with your crew, or photographer's dream — it's totally free!

The park isn't your average Montreal park. There aren't any playgrounds or exhibits to wander around and look at, but there are loads of green spaces giving you perfect views of the 06R and 24L runway as well as of the adjacent taxiways.

While planes are landing and taking off at all hours of the day, you can score some stunning sights during rush hour, which is when many larger fleets often take off and return.

Grab a blanket, a few snacks, and your favourite people for the ultimate plane spotting activity at Parc Jacques-de-Lesseps.

Parc Jacques-de-Lesseps Plane Spotting

Price: Free!

Address: Parc Jacques-de-Lesseps right off of Côte De Liesse and Halpern in Dorval, QC


More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.