December is a busy time at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport as travellers head home to spend the holidays with their loved ones or take off on a winter escape. As the airport experiences increased passenger volumes, the following tips will help keep travellers in the holiday spirit:
On November 3, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport officially re-opened the fully reconstructed runway 06-24 following an extensive rehabilitation of the runway earlier this summer.
With so many great photographs coming in through our social media channels, it seemed only fair to shine the spotlight on our airport’s un-official photographers.
Toronto’s South Core and waterfront are home to businesses, residences, park areas and some of the most significant development in North America today. The area is also a major transportation hub with Union Station, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Toronto’s Harbour providing access for both people and products into the heart of the city, by rail, plane and boat. However, the waterfront wasn’t always a thriving neighbourhood. In fact, just 100 years ago, much of the area was swamp land.
PortsToronto is in the process of removing up to 40,000 tons of debris and sediment from the mouth of the Don River, with the goal of preventing future flooding and stemming the flow of unwanted material into Toronto’s Harbour which can pose a risk to boater navigation and public safety.
This past summer, PortsToronto installed urban hives to support the local bee population. With Ontario’s colonies in rapid decline, the bees need help now more than ever.
At 8:15 PM on September 9, 1954, an exhausted and nearly numb 16-year-old woman touched the breakwater at Toronto’s Boulevard Club on the seawall along Humber Bay. After nearly 21 hours in freezing water battling five-metre waves, nausea, darkness and vampire-like lamprey eels, Marilyn Bell had done the impossible – she had swum 52 kilometres across Lake Ontario from New York State to Toronto.
With colder winter temperatures comes the need to de-ice aircraft—a common safety precaution that involves spraying aircraft with de-icing and anti-icing fluids that help to prevent or remove the build-up of ice and snow, and ensure a safe take-off for aircraft.
This week, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Fire Department held its annual joint ice and cold water rescue training alongside Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Police Services Marine Unit.
The arrival of the MV Saint Laurent in October marked the close of another great cruising season at the Port of Toronto. Welcoming nearly 5,000 passengers on 13 cruise ships from around the world, PortsToronto saw cruise visits nearly double this year compared to 2014.
May 24 to June 7, join PortsToronto for our Making Connections to Toronto’s Waterfront – a Historical Retrospective photo exhibit at WaterPark Place (located at 10 Bay Street), which will showcase the incredible transformation that the city’s waterfront has undergone over the last century.
Each year Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport’s firefighters take part in intensive, hands-on aircraft rescue re-certification training at Toronto’s Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute. Throughout the re-certification training, the Fire Chief and all 18 members of the airport’s firefighting crew participate in simulated emergency scenarios customized to replicate the runway conditions, surrounding environment and aircraft commonly encountered at Billy Bishop Airport.
On Sunday, February 8, PortsToronto CEO Geoffrey Wilson welcomed Commander Jason Armstrong, Commanding Officer Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto, along with his Lieutenant Commander, Sheldon Gillis, and Chief Petty Officer First Class, Gilles Grégoire, to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The visit to the airport served as the company’s final stop in their namesake tour of Toronto following their ship’s return from a seven-month mission oversees in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. During his visit to Billy Bishop Airport, Commander Armstrong also took the helm of the airport’s Marilyn Bell ferry, expertly transporting passengers across the Western Gap.
Toronto’s South Core is home to business headquarters, a thriving entertainment district and some of the most rapid development in North America today. It’s also a major transportation hub, with Union Station, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Toronto’s Harbour providing access for both people and products into the heart of the City, by rail, plane and boat.
Over the next three years, a $150,000 investment made by the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) in Evergreen's Children's Program will help turn six of Toronto's downtown school grounds into dynamic, outdoor classrooms where kids can re-connect with and learn about nature and, most importantly, play in the great outdoors.
This year, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) helped to transport 25 sick, injured or homeless animals to Toronto. By sponsoring Pilots N Paws Canada and waiving landing fees for its volunteer pilots, BBTCA helped these animals find their second chance at a happy and healthy life.
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) is in the process of removing up to 33,000 tons of debris and sediment from the mouth of the Don River, with the goal of preventing future flooding and the flow of unwanted material into Toronto’s Harbour, which can pose a risk to boater navigation and public safety.
One of the ways the TPA reduces our environmental footprint is by choosing 100 per cent green energy from Bullfrog Power. The TPA is one of Bullfrog’s green power leaders, ranking 7th among the top corporate supporters of clean, green energy in the country.
As part of the Toronto Port Authority (TPA)’s ongoing efforts to protect the environment and preserve natural habitats, on September 19, 2014, the TPA planted a butterfly garden at the Outer Harbour Marina, consisting of nearly 100 milkweed plants to support the Monarch Butterfly.
On June 4, 2014, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) fire rescue crew responded to an unusual call for help at the mainland ferry terminal. Perched underneath the ferry ramp was a damp and frightened eight-month-old bullmastiff puppy. Using the Jaws of Life, the fire crew saved the pup—unharmed, but shaken.
In 2012 work began on a pedestrian tunnel to link Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) to the mainland. But this wouldn’t be the first time that a tunnel of this sort was undertaken. The difference this time was that steam power would not be used to till the soil adjacent to the Western Gap.