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Air Canada CDG-YYZ Business & Air Canada YTZ-YUL-YQB Economy (+SNCF Avignon-CDG)

Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:01 am

Hello everyone!

Welcome to this new trip report of the LYSflyer covering an awesome trip to Canada where I visited Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City (domestic legs will be covered in another trip report).

BACKGROUND :
Back in September 2017, Air Canada posted an incredible error fare for some destination from Paris. My wife and I decided to enjoy one of these to discover beautiful Canada for quite a low price. We were skeptical but everything worked perfectly well at the end of the day. As we had to depart from Paris CDG, we decided to take the TGV (High speed train) train from our hometown Avignon directly to CDG train station the day before our departure. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing train workers strike, we had our return train cancelled a week before...bummer...I tried to find a solution to get back home and I've found an expensive one way CDG-MPL ticket for 150€ while CDG-MRS reached 300€!
Anyway, beware...this trip report has A LOT of photos!

We first had to go to Paris CDG airport. We used the TGV which is quite a convenient way to cross the country if you don't live close to an airport. The prices can be quite on par with airplane prices and the comfort can be a hit or miss. Well, this day it was a miss because our train wasn't a refurbished one. Anyway, the ride was quite comfortable despite running 1h30 late due to a train broken down before our own train.

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Avignon TGV train station is very convenient and the architecture is nice. Located a few kilometers away from the city center, it is convenient to use it
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Nice interior with artwork on display. I like the modern style of this hall
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Northbound platform where we waited for our train to finally call
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Once inside the TGV Duplex train, we went upstairs. I highly recommend these upstairs seats as you can enjoy better views and less noise than downstairs ones
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Non refurbished 1st class TGV coach. Comfortable enough but seating tends to be broken or non-functionning
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Legroom shot
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What did I tell you about nice views? This is Lyon cité internationale
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Countryside between Lyon and Paris CDG at sunset
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Soon enough, we found ourselves in Paris CDG train station
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Given the time of the day, there is not many flights left to depart as seen on this beautiful and famous FIDS

We booked a room on the so convenient Paris CDG Sheraton hotel that is literally located right in the middle of the Charles de Gaulle airport. The check-in was fairly long as many people were also checkin-ing but the staff was lovely and we enjoyed a complimentary upgrade! Well done!

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Sheraton Charles de Gaulle entrance
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Classy isn't it?
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Very comfortable room with views over the apron and runway...all what an avgeek needs!
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Air-related artwork
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After a very comfortable night, it was time to wake-up and were treated with awesome views over the busy apron : 9W B77W, SV B77W, MD A343 among others

Then, we checked-out and headed to the Terminal 2A that hosts Air Canada operations with 2 daily flights from YUL and YYZ. Soon, AC will start YVR too!

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Long travelator towards T2C and T2A
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A quite crowded T2C landside check-in area for 9W, SV, SU, AH
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We finally reached a crowded T2A in the middle of the North American flights departure bank (AA, AC, BA, CX operates from T2A)
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AC check-in area. An averagely nice ground staff took care of us and soon enough it was time to go airside
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Hopefully, we had Accès n°1 fast track because both security and immigration were overcrowded
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After security, we had to go upstairs thus offering nice view over the apron (EY A388, AA A33x, HU A332)
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Nice artwork
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While the building itself has that 70s feeling, it was nicely refurbished with a quite nice selection of food options and shops

Now, let's head towards the Maple Leaf Lounge

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This way
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The Maple Leaf Lounge is situated at the very end of T2A, inside the UFO-shaped building
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First view over our ride...despite some parts to improve, I find this livery very classy
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It's quite a long walk to reach the lounge
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Not so many people in there except for the PHL bound AA flight that is boarding
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Finally arrived
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Some drink option but there was another part of the lounge where more substantial food options were on offer

This lounge is comfortable enough despite the limited food options. Remember that AC only operates 2 daily flights from CDG.

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Our gate being prepared
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Our flight is running a bit late
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AA B772 in Oneworld livery heading to DFW
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AA B763 heading to JFK

01.05.2018
Flight # : AC881
Departure airport : Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG/LFPG)
Arrival airport : Toronto Lester B. Pearson (YYZ/CYYZ)
ETD : 1100
ATD : 1135
ETA : 1305
ATA : 1325
Scheduled flight time : 08:05
Actual flight time : 07:50
Aircraft type : Boeing 777-300ER
Reg # : C-FITL
Seat : 10K




Boarding started by zone which were strictly enforced. During OLCI, I selected this seat on the smaller 2nd C cabin for its more private feeling. At the door, we were greeted by nice and chatty FAs

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Boarding through L1
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Limited views over the wing but still nice to board a plane...Especially when travelling in C!
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Very nice, clean and modern cabin with a small bottle of water and ammenity kit placed on each seat
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Very comfortable seat. The only thing I dislike about herringbone configuration is that when travelling with a partner, it's either seating in the middle seats (no window...) or seating alone (so limited social interactions...)
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Lavatories with a view!
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Legroom shot...hum...infinite one!
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Introducing the features of this seat. Unfortunately, my IFE didn't work however given the low load in C I was able to seat in another middle seat while still keeping my window seat for the natural IFE
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Noice cancelling headphone. Very useful and effective as I couldn't plug my own one due to the 3-pin plug...
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WANT ammenity kit
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It's a complete selection of reading material to say the least
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Today's menu...sorry, I forgot to take the english language page...
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I like that mood lightning

While W and Y passengers were boarding, the purser came to introduce herself and gave the pre-departure drink...
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Sparkling wine of course!

As boarding took a long time, she came back for a second round of sparkling wine!

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Pushback. Who said that CDG was AF's fortress?
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Passing by an AC B77W getting prepared for its flight back to YUL and one-of-the-many AA plane going to...I don't know where
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Last view over T2A apron. Note that colorful HU A332 is being towed at our previous parking position
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On the left, Air France's headquarter
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A wonderfully beautiful Concorde with T3 on the background where you can see a TS A333...you can guess that Canada is quite popular in France
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We were followed by a 9W B77W
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Almost reaching the runway
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No wait before taking off
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The B77W is a beast with a huge acceleration
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Airborne! Treated with a beautiful wingflex
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Overflying the A1 motorway that links Paris with the northern part of France
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Over some densely populated suburbs of Paris
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Slowly gaining altitude over the countryside
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Soon, service started with the distribution of a warm oshibori
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Seine river estuary with Le Havre on the northern bank
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Flying skies of Normandy...remembering the sacrifice of those who fought D-Day and WWII
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Nice weather over Cotentin peninsula
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First round of drink with a delicious Signature cocktail with warmed nuts (I even had a second round of nuts afterwards)
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Tasteful starter : Foie Gras and duck slices with a fresh salad on the side
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A lunch above the clouds...priceless
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Main course : beef filet...well done!
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For the dessert : fresh fruits with a bailey

I spend my time watching to some movies and even had a nap

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Immigration cards were distributed
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Cloudy day above the Atlantic ocean
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Another oshibori was distributed
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Above Canada
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Simple and fresh tasteful 2nd service was served around 90 minutes before arriving
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There is still snow on the ground
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Beginning our descent towards YYZ
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View over Lake Simcoe
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Getting closer to YYZ
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Such a densely populated area
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Final approach
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Almost there
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Touchdown
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Full brakes and reverse
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Vacating the runway
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Crossing a runway
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Taxi was quite short
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AC E75 taxiing
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Parked at the hammerhead right next to a fellow AC B77W. You can have a glimpse over the tail of a SN A333

Disembarking was very fast before a loooong trek to the immigration

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Blind jetbridge
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Wide path towards the immigration
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Some RV B763 on the way. This livery looks very nice
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Colorful welcome to Canada

Immigration was not the easiest process as my wife was selected for an additionnal screening that took ages. In the end, we were good to enter Canada!

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Baggage claim area. It is very bright
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Due to the additionnal screening, our bags were already waiting for us on the belt
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Our Blacklane driver was waiting for us and led us to the curbside
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Huge SUV that will drive us to Toronto City Airport for our next flight to Montreal
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Nice ride towards Toronto City Airport

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Toronto Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ/CYTZ) is ideally located in the lake shore very close to the city center (or at least, close to the famous CN Tower). It hosts a hub for Porter Airlines and for some Air Canada flights. Note that it is linked with Union Station by a complimentary free shuttle.
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As YTZ main terminal is located on an island, there are 2 ways to reach it : an underground tunnel and a very nice ferry.
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You have to go upstairs in order to board the ferry
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If you are not in a hurry, I highly recommend to use the ferry that departs every 15 minutes
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YTZ curbside downtown
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Our ride is coming
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Another jetbridge? No! It's a boatbridge!
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About to board that boat
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Off we go! It's amazing to see how close the city is
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Few minutes later, we were ready to go check-in
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Impressive views towards downtown Toronto
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While the boat ride was lovely, the walk towards the check-in area is not the most glamorous one
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Nice WWI fighter on exhibition...a Sopwith Camel perhaps?
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Tiny check-in hall with only to desk for AC and all the other for PD
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After a quite efficient check-in, it was time to go airside...downstairs it is
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We found ourselves in the main waiting hall which is, in fact, some sort of lounge with comfortable seating, free wi-fi and complimentary food and beverages..well done YTZ!!!
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First view over this racoon-like AC Q400 that will fly us to YUL. The jetbridge is good looking and it might be a relief during winter

01.05.2018
Flight # : AC7970
Departure airport : Billy Bishop Toronto City (YTZ/CYTZ)
Arrival airport : Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International (YUL/CYUL)
ETD : 1615
ATD : 1610
ETA : 1725
ATA : 1730
Scheduled flight time : 01:10
Actual flight time : 01:20
Aircraft type : Bombardier Dash8-Q400
Reg # : C-GGNF
Seat : 17A



Boarding was called and the flight load turned to be very healthy as the flight appeared to be quite full. There is a huge amount of traffic between Toronto and Montreal. Despite I've booked a flex economy fare, I didn't have much seat choice when I did OLCI proving that AC carries a huge amount of frequent flyers in their domestic flights.

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Funny looking jetbridge
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Short walk towards the plane
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A red maple leaf and the Star Alliance...for sure it is Air Canada...
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Boarding a plane is just a wonderful feeling
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Comfortable seating for a commuter flight
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Legroom shot. Enough for such 1hr-long flight
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View from my window. YTZ is a general aviation airport
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Reading material. Given that we were provided complimentary snack and beverage, Bistro BoB service wasn't provided
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Boarding in progress. It feels much cramped compared to the previous B77W we flew but the interior looks modern and it is comfortable enough
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Taxiing along some PD's sisterships
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Still amazed by how close to the city center YTZ is
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Cleared to line up on the runway
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YTZ is located in the Toronto islands that are a popular recreational area
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Airborne! The building in the background looks like a maintenance facility for Dash 7s
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YTZ is such a scenic airport
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Views over the Toronto islands
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Look at how close YTZ is from downtown Toronto
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Overflying the peaceful Toronto Islands
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Despite we were facing the sun, the views over Toronto are just impressive
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Sprawling urbanized area
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Flying along the Ontario lake shore
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Flat lands east of Toronto
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In-flight service was done...a pack of nuts and a cup of ginger ale of course! Enough for such domestic flight and on par with what Air France gives on their domestic flights as well. My NAVI booklet was taken from the CDG's Maple Leaf Lounge. It's such a useful magazine
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Beautiful forest
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Unfortunately we reached the clouds
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Starting our approach towards YUL
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The mighty Saint Laurent river. Note that snow has not entirely melted
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Reaching Montreal suburbs
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Impressive and dense road network
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View over Montreal Dorval (YMX/CYMX)
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Aligning to the active runway
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Beautiful views on approach
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The St Laurent river is just huge. The USA can almost been seen on the background
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Downtown Montreal
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The giant Swedish has invaded Canada (Ikea)
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Final approach
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Moments before touchdown. On the left of the photo you can see some TS airliners getting a new paint that is quite nice actually
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Touchdown in YUL!
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YUL is a main hub for TS
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Vacating the active runway
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TS's new livery looks very modern and well-done
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AC's maintenance facility
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What a sight! My first MAX 8 in the flesh!
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Taxiing towards our gate...right next to the taxi station so it seems
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Disembarking through a windowless jetbridge
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We found ourselves in domestic airside which can be useful when connecting in YUL
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This way to the exit
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I expected a bigger baggage claim area but it was not crowded at all and in a few step we were outside the airport where we met our Blacklane driver
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Walking towards our car that was a relief after a transatlantic and a domestic flight
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Finally, we reached our car
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What we have there? An odd SU A321! If anyone knows what she is doing in YUL, I'd be glad to know!


We stayed in Montreal at the Auberge du Vieux Port hotel that is located along the river and inside the Old Montreal. Definitely an interesting place if you want to visit this nice city.

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View from our hotel room
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Climbing towards the City Hall
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Notre-Dame cathedral of Montreal
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This is the place where Montreal was founded
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Entering Chinatown
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Quiet and peaceful streets
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Sir George-Etienne Cartier monument
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Overlooking downtown Montreal from the Mont Royal
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Bon Secours market
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Very nice lightwork

After visiting pleasant Montreal, it was time to head to Quebec City, the capital city of Quebec province.

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Our uber left us on YUL's curbside
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AC domestic check-in area. I hate that DIY baggage drop...all in all it too only a few seconds to drop our baggage
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Towards the security screening. Note that some renovation work is in progress in YUL
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FIDS in alphabetical order that I find very useful and clearer than chronologically ordered FIDSs
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Walking towards our gate
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Sharp looking AC B7M8
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YUL domestic terminal has a lot of food options and enough shops. Just the right amount of services IMO
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AC supports the Canadian Olympic team
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As we'll fly one of the tiniest AC plane, our gate will be located at ground floor. So downstairs we go!
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Dull hallway
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YQB-bound flight assigned gate
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First view over this cute Q100
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Beautiful isn't it?
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TS A310 and AA ERJ taxiing. Not that much activity around
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DL CR9 bound to LGA
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Wonderful catch to my eyes! A so classic 3H B732 loudly taking off


03.05.2018
Flight # : AC8762
Departure airport : Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International (YUL/CYUL)
Arrival airport : Quebec City Jean Lesage International (YQB/CYQB)
ETD : 1150
ATD : 1150
ETA : 1243
ATA : 1235
Scheduled flight time : 00:57
Actual flight time : 00:45
Aircraft type : Bombardier Dash8-Q100
Reg # : C-GONY
Seat : 03A


(sorry, not photo in the updated livery on the database)

Boarding was called for this flight heading to Quebec City and then to Sept-Iles (YZV/CYZV). We were greeted at the door by the sole very friendly FA.

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Being at ground floor, it took only a few steps to get to the plane
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Excited to board the tiniest member of the Bombardier Dash family
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Short fuselage and old looking 4-bladed propeller
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I absolutely love the "toothpaste" livery
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The cabin shows its age but looks fine for me
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Well padded seating
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Legroom shot
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Good view over the engine and with the possibility to see the outside
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Reading material. Given the short duration of the flight, no Bistro service was done
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Engine started
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Taxiing by a sistership
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View over a quiet apron
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After a short taxi, we were ready to depart
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Rocketing the runway
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Rotating
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The international concourse
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The Saint Laurent river
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Climbing over Montreal suburbs
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Between 2 layer of clouds
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Given the low flight altitude, that's all the view we've got
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Soon enough, the sole friendly FA started the in-flight service. Yay! I've got a full can of coke!
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The time machine...a very old school PSU
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Starting the approach
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We're already close to YQB when we get out the clouds
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Rural landscape close to YQB. Note the great amount of snow that still hasn't melted
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Final approach
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Over the runway
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Touchdown
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Vacating the runway
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Taxiing towards the terminal
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Almost parked
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Arrived at our parking stand
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Securing the propeller and we were ready to disembark
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Sharp looking aircraft nose
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Short walk towards the terminal
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Last view over our lovely tiny Dash
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Don't have much choice so leftwards it is!
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Walking towards the baggage claim
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Just like in YUL, a simple baggage claim area with 2 belts

After receiving our bags quite quickly, it was time to grab a taxi towards our hotel so...

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This is the way to go

The taxi waiting area is clearly marked and without any wait wewere inside a taxi. Note that you can pay with your credit card (very useful!)

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Off we go to downtown Quebec City
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Quiet airport
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Still a lot of snow remaining along the way
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About to climb the plateau where the Old Quebec is located

During our stay in Quebec City, we stayed at the Fairmont Château Frontenac hotel. The most iconic, prestigious and historical hotel of Quebec City. While I agree about this hotel being a landmark, we found it quite overated as the rooms were not the most comfortable or modern for the price paid.

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Somptuous hall inside the Frontenac hotel that is a tourist attraction in itself
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Such an impressive building
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Ursuline convent
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Big cargo boat sailing the river
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Cute public square
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Town hall
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Saint Jean street. It don't look north american at all! I felt like I was back in Europe
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A more modern part of the city
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Provincial parliament house
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Old Quebec battlements
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Cheap and tasty restaurant! Aux anciens canadiens
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About to go down the Escalier casse-cou (breakneck steps)
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From the harbour
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View over upstream Saint Laurent river
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The famous Abraham plains were the french and british troops fought for Quebec City
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Downstream Saint Laurent river
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Very pleasant Dufferin Terrace with the beautiful Frontenac on the background
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Beautiful view
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Weather is going to be better than previous days

See you in Part II...
 
Boeing744
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Re: Air Canada CDG-YYZ Business & Air Canada YTZ-YUL-YQB Economy (+SNCF Avignon-CDG)

Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:08 pm

Excellent report, great photos; thanks for posting.

The Aeroflot A321 at YUL was there to be delivered to TS. They received two from SU, I believe, and they are repainted now.

And note that you were not on a Q100, but rather a Dash 8-100. The real old ones. Nothing "Q"uiet about them!
 
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Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:17 am

Thanks for the trip report! Air Canada did a nice update with its business class service. The new amenity kit is nice, as well as the meals.

Thanks,
Carfield
 
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Re: Air Canada CDG-YYZ Business & Air Canada YTZ-YUL-YQB Economy (+SNCF Avignon-CDG)

Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:22 pm

Excellent report...that beach you flew over (on take off from Toronto Island Airport) is the famed nudist beach...plane spotting in the buff!
 
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Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:15 am

Nice report so far! My wife and I were actually considering flying to Quebec City earlier this year, but we ended up taking a few days in October to visit Toronto and saw many Air Canada Q400's taking off for Montreal from that airport from the downtown area!

Looking forward to part 2.
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Re: Air Canada CDG-YYZ Business & Air Canada YTZ-YUL-YQB Economy (+SNCF Avignon-CDG)

Sat Dec 29, 2018 5:55 pm

Great photos and narrative for this trip report. Despite previously being so close, I never did make it to Quebec City unfortunately. Your photos definitely made me want to visit.

One minor note - the train between Pearson and Union Station is not complimentary. This stood out to me because when it was built there was a big scandal about the fare price (~$27.00 CAD one way IIRC) and the level of ridership. This has since been corrected to around $12.00 one way. With a PRESTO card, the fare is around $9.00.

Looking forward to Part II!
You and I were meant to fly, Air Canada!
 
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Re: Air Canada CDG-YYZ Business & Air Canada YTZ-YUL-YQB Economy (+SNCF Avignon-CDG)

Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:12 pm

Brilliant trip report, one of the nicest and most comprehensive I have seen! I know there will be some who will say there are too many pictures, but they are excellent quality, and paint 10,000 words. Looks like you had a wonderful trip!
I wish there was still a flying boat service on the African Lakes!

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