Somewhere else that’s on our airport bucketlist is Port Elgin (CNL4) on Lake Huron. It has a grass runway and no winter maintenance so watch what time of year you try to visit! According to the COPA website, it has 5 bikes for pilot’s to use and is close to MacGregor Point provincial park. It’s also a 10-15 minute bike ride from two different beaches!
Edenvale airport (CNV8), in between Collingwood and Barrie, is home to the Hangar 26 restaurant which has a large outdoor patio. They apparently make a mean “$100 hamburger” – aviation slang for an excuse to go flying. Pilots fly to airports with restaurants just to have a reason to fly, making that meal quite expensive! Edenvale is definitely on our bucketlist.
Honourable Mentions and more Locations on our Bucketlist
Tobermory (CNR4) – Free bikes to use (not maintained very well, bring a helmet and use with caution), ride to beaches and into town. Click here for a full write-up on this adventure!
Point Peele Island (CYPT) – Scenic flight. No fuel on island, stop in at Leamington on the mainland (CLM2).
Goderich (CYGD) – On Lake Huron, near the water, bikes to use if pre-arranged with airport manager, scenic 20-30 min walk into town on the walking trail. Two restaurants nearby.
Lindsay (CNF4) – Also known as Kawartha Lakes Municiple. Word on the street is they have great buttertarts.
Midland/Huronia (CYEE) – Tailwinds Cafe, courtesy van for 1-2hrs for a donation (call ahead), picnic tables and pavilion to eat your packed lunch at and watch planes.
Building time for your commercial license or IFR rating has huge potential to be a great adventure. Whether you’re looking to do scenic flights, hit up every restaurant you can, or get more experience on the radio, this list has something for everyone. To create this airport bucketlist for where to fly when you’re building time in Southern Ontario, we spent hours on COPA’s website, which is an amazing tool. Beware that some info may be outdated so always check the CFS or call the airport to confirm.
Now we have to ask…Where to fly when you’re building time? What airports are on your bucketlist?!