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Victoria International Airport

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Continent: North America Country: Canada Region: British Columbia
Location Victoria
Airport type
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A relatively quiet airport but with good facilities and opportunities for spotting/photography. Scheduled traffic is limited - AC Jazz, WestJet, Horizon, occasional Air Canada and some local commuter carriers. Can be slow at times, but one of the best places to get close to Dash-8s, Canadair jets etc. as well as the larger 737s/A320s.

Official Spotting Locations


1. A viewing area on the 2nd floor of the terminal. Glass fronted, facing North. A few seats.

2. External viewing "mound" to the left of the terminal. A small raised area overlooking the West ramp and taxiway. Tables and seats. Photography (50-100mm) possible over or through the fence.

Other Spotting Locations

East Hangars

Two left turns out of the terminal lead to the East hangars. The main road curves right leaving a small cul-de-sac. This overlooks the helicopter base, the FBO ramp and the threshhold of 27. Good spotting and photography from here, but no facilities - the locals bring their cars.

Pat Bay

A small park under the approach to runway 09. A little lower than the airport, no runways are visible here but 09 traffic passes directly overhead. A short walk along the beach gives a few opportunities for photos but nothing really outstanding.

West Hangars

Turn right out of the terminal. The Forests base is located here and occasional air tankers are present in season. The Air Force has a hangar full of geriatric Sea Kings but it is firmly shut most of the time, in which case some taxiing shots of 09 traffic can be had from the parking lot.

Locations to Avoid

Air Force Parking Lot

If the Sea Kings are active, you may be approached by a military guard. Depending on his mood you may be asked to leave.

Regular Traffic

Facilities and Transportation

All terminal facilites are open to non-passengers. There is a sporadic bus service (70B) from Victoria to the ferry dock which calls at the airport.