Cartierville Airport

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Cartierville Airport
Location Saint-Laurent, Quebec
Time zone CST (UTC−05:00)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL 120 ft / 37 m
Coordinates 45°31′N 073°43′W / 45.517°N 73.717°W / 45.517; -73.717Coordinates: 45°31′N 073°43′W / 45.517°N 73.717°W / 45.517; -73.717
CYCV is located in Quebec
Location in Quebec
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 4,000 1,219
10/28 8,792 2,680
15/33 4,000 1,219

Cartierville Airport (IATA: YCVICAO: CYCV) was an airport in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, now a borough of Montreal. The airport was decommissioned and turned into the Bois-Franc neighbourhood. It was located next to Route 117 (now Boul. Marcel Laurin, formerly Laurentian Blvd.) and the terminal buildings were accessed via Boul. Henri-Bourassa (formerly Rue Bois Franc), near the present Bois-Franc Train Station on the Deux Montagnes Commuter Rail Line.[1]

As the 10/28 runway's threshold was very close to Bois-Franc Boulevard (now Boul. Henri-Bourassa West), a traffic light was installed and automobile traffic was stopped by Air Traffic Control whenever a plane was about to take off from runway 28 or land on runway 10.

At one time, Canadair Plant One used the airfield to fly off completed CL-215, CL-415, Challenger bizjets and Canadair Regional Jets. The airport was closed to private and commercial passenger traffic in the 1980s when it became apparent that traffic from the nearby Dorval Airport was making it hazardous for chartered flights and flight schools to operate on the site. This left Bombardier as the sole user.

Prior to Bombardier's acquisition of Canadair, Canadair had already acquired title to the airport, and had initiated a subdivision development planning.[2]

Among the aircraft test-flown there was the Canadair CL-84 "Dynavert" tilt-wing VTOL airplane.[3]

See also[edit]


  • Before becoming an airfield, it was the site of the Bois-Franc Pologrounds.
  • Before the First World War, Cartierville Airport was first known as Bois-Franc Field.
  • RAF pilot Captain Brian Peck flew the first airmail flight in Canada from Bois-Franc Field to Toronto's Leaside Field in 1918, carrying 120 letters.[4]
  • In 1955, an effort by the MP for Saint-Laurent was made to rename the airport as Saint-Laurent Airport [5]
  • An Air France 707 airliner mistook Cartierville for Dorval, but fortunately made a safe landing. However, the runway was not long enough to take off again, so the wings were removed, and it was wheeled to Dorval, via Thimens boulevard and Côte-Vertu road.
  • July 27, 1960 - A Pan Am 707, bound for Dorval Airport in Montreal, Quebec, mistakenly landed at Cartierville.[6]
  • The first CL-600 Canadair Challenger bizjet took flight on November 8, 1978 from the airport.[7]
  • Before being decommissioned, Cartierville was the oldest continuously used flying field in Canada. It was first used in June 1911.[8]

Airport statistics[edit]

  • Runway Length : 8,792 ft (2,680 m).
  • Runway Elevation : 120 ft (36.6 m).
  • WAC : 906


  1. ^ , "Bois-Franc." City of Montreal: Burrough of Saint-Laurent, June 2005. Retrieved: 31 October 2010.
  2. ^ Gazdag, D. and L. "Potential Use of Tiltrotor Aircraft in Canadian Aviation." NASA. 1990.
  3. ^ "Canadians Test Prototype Of Vertical-Take-Off Plane." New York Times via Canadian Press, 8 May 1965.
  4. ^ Pigott 2002
  5. ^ , "House of Commons Debates: Official Report." Government of Canada, 1955.
  6. ^ "Jet Lands Safely at Wrong Airport." New York Times, 28 July 1960.
  7. ^ "Bombardier celebrates 20th anniversary of Challenger first flight." Bombardier Aerospace, November 18, 1998.
  8. ^ Molson 1990
  • Molson, Kenneth M. "Cartierville: Canada’s Oldest Airport." The Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, Volume 28, Winter 1990. ISSN 1207-1978.
  • Pigott, Peter. Wings Across Canada. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2002. ISBN 1-55002-412-4.

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