• Toronto Pearson Airside Tour Program

    Toronto Pearson is truly a city within a city. Our tours let you see how each piece of the puzzle comes together. Experience the spirit of the airport first-hand by watching the live action on the apron and airfield as you drive around a major aviation hub.

    Sunrise at Toronto Pearson.A group on an airside tour of Toronto Pearson.A water salute out on the airfield.An A380 at Toronto Pearson.  

    Do you ever wonder about everything that goes on behind the scenes at Canada’s largest airport? Where does your baggage go after check in? What is the difference between a Boeing 767 and an Airbus A380? How many different kinds of machines are used to clear the runway of snow during a winter storm? We have a great way to answer these questions and many more.

    Toronto Pearson’s Airside Tours provide community members a unique look at what it takes to keep our airport running every day. Learn about the history of the airport, the economic impact of Toronto Pearson and how we are giving back to local communities through our investment program.

    What to Expect on an Airside Tour

    Each tour is unique and can vary in route and highlights. Depending on the day, you could catch a glimpse of Terminal 1, Terminal 3, the Firehalls, the Infield, the Central Deicing Facility, Airfield Maintenance or the two control towers. Every day there are different planes on our airfield so you never know which ones you’ll get to see during your tour.

    Airside Tour Map of Toronto Pearson

    Security Information

    As you are going behind the security lines, ALL participants must bring a valid government-issued photo ID. A passport, Driver’s Licence, Nexus Card, Permanent Resident Card, or Ontario Photo Health Card are the only pieces of identification that will be accepted. All participants must be 10 years of age or older. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, but still must have photo identification. In addition, be prepared to be security-screened as if you were going through standard airport security. Participants may bring cameras on the tour.


  • Plane Spotter's Guide

    Beautiful tail artwork is an airline's way to show off, and a seasoned plane spotter knows the excitement of a rare sighting. Download our Spotter's Guide and use your smartphone or tablet to identify the aircraft you see taking to the sky!



  • Sign Up for 2018 Tours

    Our tours for 2017 are now full and coming to a close, but we would love to host you next year! We will release dates for 2018 in late spring of next year.

    Want to be the first to find out the 2018 dates? Sign up for Checking In, our monthly email newsletter.


    Registration Details

    • All participants must be at least 10 years old.
    • Each tour is limited to a certain number of participants.
    • Please double-check the dates and times to make sure you are selecting a tour you can attend.
    • There is currently no charge for the Airside Tours.

    Cancellation Policy

    If you are unable to attend the tour you have registered for, you are opening up space for others on the waiting list. If you have to cancel on the day of your tour, please call 416-776-TOUR or email tours@gtaa.com. If you let us know, we will try to reschedule your tour.


    Group and School Bookings

    We offer school tours for grade 6 classes in our neighbouring communities. Group bookings are also possible on a case-by-case basis.Tours are limited to 20 individuals and all participants will require government-issued photo identification. A non-expired passport is usually the best form of identification to access the secure airfield.

    Looking to book a school or group tour in 2018? Please fill out the form below and we'll follow up once we have more information. The requirements will be discussed when we contact you.

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    Persons with Special Needs

    Our tours are open to all those interested. If you require any type of special assistance, please let our tour office know 48 hours in advance of your tour by emailing tours@gtaa.com. Service animals are also welcomed on our tours.