High Above the City with WestCoast Air


Monday, May 4th, 2009 — 10:51am PST
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On Friday, Tourism Vancouver (@MyVancouver on Twitter) arranged a scenic flight for a select group of bloggers which saw us soar high above the region in a WestCoast Air float plane.

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

Sean has a fine recap up already so I’ll simply post my photos and note that this was a really lovely experience, shared with Duane, Grace, and Erica as well.

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

Taking off and landing on the water was actually a pretty smooth ride. In the air it’s pretty noisy with the sound of the prop but that just leaves you to gaze down on Howe Sound, the Burrard Inlet, and the Greater Vancouver area in silence.

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

I’ve been following the progress of Stanley Park very closely since the great windstorm of 2006 knocked out thousands of tress, however I’ve never seen the damaged area from this perspective.

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

I was also handed a pamphlet by Errol, the Vancouver Base Manager at WestCoast Air, and was immediately upsold on their “Fly and Wine” tour. Aside from the special tours however, WestCoast Air operates schedules flights to Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

Our flight was a quick one, just 30 minutes, but it was a real treat to say the least.

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9 comments

  1. Tyler Ingram says:

    I’m jealous! What a cool opportunity! I’ve considered many a time taking the plane from Coal Harbour to Vancouver Island to visit people. Perhaps one day we might do that.

  2. Great photos Rebecca! Thanks for joining the group.

  3. Chris says:

    Wow.. sounds like a heckuva trip. Like Tyler, I’m very jealous. Mind you, with my “heights issue” I’d probably not do so well if I were afforded the same opportunity.

  4. those are great pictures. I must say these guys do a great job. I’ve picked up several people there before and they all have good things to say. not sure if it’s the service or the views?
    🙂

  5. Kevin Baggs says:

    Now I am officially home-sick. As a Vancouver/Canadian expat now working in Saudi Arabia and living in Bahrain. I can’t say how much I miss Vancouver. There is a very unique technology culture there unlike any other city in Canada. Maybe the proximity to Seattle or San Fran. but it is much more vibrant there than, say Toronto.

    Awesome pictures! Keep up the fantastic work Rebbecca! (I still don’t understand why you don’t have more ‘monitization’ on your site. You lead in the area of local city blogs and should be rewarded for it)

  6. Kasia Fink says:

    My now-husband was planning to propose to me on one of those flights but sadly, it rained for two weeks non-stop and he had to go to Plan B. I never really cared but now that I see your stupendous photos, I’m feeling regret. Stupid rain!

  7. Tori says:

    Nice photos! I live and work in Victoria and semi-regularly take the float plane or helicopter over to Vancouver for business meetings. After I learned to relax on the flights (my first one over 3 years ago was turbulent – ick) I came to realize how lucky I am to get a birds’ eye view of Vancouver – my favourite city!

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