UPDATED: The 2017 Father’s Day Fly-In Breakfast will be on June 18th, 2017 from 8am-noon.
More info should be HERE soon.
Our annual Father’s Day tradition for the last few years has been to drive down to Summerstown for their Fly-In Breakfast, where we eat a lot and sit on the grass to watch the planes take off and land. For over 40 years the Cornwall Flying Club /COPA Flight 59 has been holding the event, which sees pilots flying their small crafts into the Cornwall Regional Airport (CYCC) for a hearty breakfast, to visit with other pilots, and some offer flights to the public.
Last year there were dark and ominous skies, which made for a quick meal, and an even quicker getaway before a deluge of rain. So with blue skies and hot temperatures this past weekend we were raring to go. Breakfast is from 8am to noon and consists of pancakes, beans, toast, ham & sausages, eggs, plus coffee and the best thing ever!: McDonald’s Orange Drink.
It’s 7$ per person, 4$ for kids under 10, and free for kids 3 and under. (Bring cash, I’m not sure they take anything else).
This year there was also a raffle for two nights at Mont Tremblant (5$ a ticket), and a 50/50 draw. So bring your monies!
Walk around the tarmac and get up close to the planes, see some vintage cars, and if you’re lucky a friendly (and brave) pilot will let your kids sit in the cockpit and try on the headsets. The boys got a lesson in flying from an Air Canada pilot there with his small Cessna, and we chatted for a while with a lady who’s flown down to Florida 11 times! (The boys thought it was awesome they have to land for potty breaks 😉 )
Last year I asked my then 7-year old if he wanted to go up in a plane, because at 25$ a person, it’s a pretty inexpensive (and exciting) way to see if he likes flying! And really, how often do these chances come up?
He was really hesitant then, but this year, after having sat in a cockpit, said “Yes!” when I asked.
Which I then almost immediately regretted because it meant my baby was going up in the sky!
My dad, a retired Air Canada mechanic agreed to go with him so I didn’t puke all over the place, and we put their names on the list, paid the 50$ for the two of them, requested the “blue plane”, and then visited the fire trucks while we waited. And then it was their turn and my stomach dropped.
Clutching his uncle’s GoPro, they loaded into the plane, taxied down the runway, and were up in the air for their 20 minute flight over Cornwall and the river, before I could say “I LOVE YOU!!!!”
And then they landed, and a BEAMING boy and his grandpa got out. He was positively giddy with excitement. It was such a great initiation and their flight instructor pilot was super nice.
So, if you’re looking for something different to do next Father’s Day, I highly recommend driving the 45 minutes from Montreal’s West Island to Summerstown for breakfast, and if you’ve saved up, have a tour from the sky!
Things to bring:
-Sunscreen and hats (there is very little shade, it’s on a runway!)
-Stroller or booster seat for eating. The breakfast is served from a hanger with communal tables on the tarmac. There are no highchairs etc, don’t expect restaurant style seating 😉
There are other Fly-In events around Montreal each year including the one at the St-Lazare Flying Club on Sunday, June 11, 2017; the Iroquois Fly-In Breakfast on July 16 2017; the Hawkesbury Flying Club annual BBQ and Corn Roast on in August; Brockville on Sunday, September 10, 2017…
To see the full list of Ontario events you can click on this link: 2017 ONTARIO FLY-INS. Contact each airport for more details.
If I can find the same sort of list for Quebec I’ll post that too!