Alex Praglowski Aviation

Spot #4: Shell AeroCentre 2 Parking Lot

A parking lot with an elevated manhole that is best used for all movements on runway 02/20, and the closest you can get to aircraft at Edmonton International Airport. Aircraft on taxiway Bravo taxi by very close up, either after arrival on runway 02 or taxiing for departure off of 20.

The manhole is located near the northern corner of the parking lot, and elevates you a foot or two allowing clear shots over the fence. Snow piles are also present in various locations around the lot for better viewing in the winter.

Coming from the Queen Elizabeth II Highway (AB-2), this area can be accessed by driving west on Airport Road, continuing straight through the two lights, and turning right onto 36 Street E, following the signs for the Renaissance Hotel. Continue straight on 36 Street and turn left onto 56 Avenue E. Follow the road, and as the road enters the parking lot, turn right and make your way north to the fence.

Security Notes:
I haven't had any issues here. If you're using a ladder, remember to keep it at least 10 feet away (unless you're standing on the manhole). Security vehicles do drive past this spot along the access road that runs parallel to the taxiway - it doesn't hurt to give them a wave. Avoid parking right next to the fence.