Edmonton International Airport (ICAO: CYEG - IATA: YEG) is the fifth busiest airport in Canada. While there may be little action at some points during the day, there are a several nice locations to see the more interesting aircraft at YEG. Edmonton International Airport has two runways, 30-12 and 02-20 which are often used interchangeably. In addition to the two runways, there are several aprons where it is possible to see unique visitors up close.
Special thanks to Dray (@yegspotter737 on Instagram) for his help with the photos. Follow him here: https://instagram.com/yegspotter737
When the winds are calm, it can be difficult to determine which runway pair is active. Often, with winds from the north, runway 30 will be used for landings and runway 02 for departures. Likewise, when winds are out of the south, landings will be on runway 20 and departures on runway 12. Like any multi-runway airport, there are no certainties. A scanner is recommended, but not necessary. If you do have a scanner, see the frequencies below. To find out the runway, listen to the arrival frequency for arriving aircraft and to the clearance frequency for departing aircraft. You can also ask on the Facebook group. See the links below for some additional resources you can use.
Encounters with security won't happen too often, as long as you follow these general guidelines. If you're at a location near a fence, park at least 10 feet from it. If you're using a ladder, also stay about 10 feet away (no exceptions). Make sure your ladder is shorter than the fence - you don't want to give security the wrong impression. You can go up to the fence for a picture, but don't stay there for too long and use common sense.
Update 24/07/16: Due to an unfortunate incident involving a person climbing over the perimeter fence, it's likely that security will be more strict. Use caution, be respectful, and once again, use common sense.
Other Helpful Links:
Wind direction and runway status:
YEG Edmonton Airport Spotters Facebook group - a great way to connect with other spotters and ask questions:
Got a scanner? Punch in these frequencies.
(Scanner guide coming soon)