I love seeing Vancouver and the region from the skies, and with a week of sunshine and unobstructed views it’s a great time to consider scenic tours from Saltspring Air. Flying in a floatplane — to me — is one of those truly “West Coast” experiences. You walk out onto the dock, hop into the aircraft on the water, take off over the waves, and soar just high enough to clear the tips of the tallest evergreens in Stanley Park.
Saltspring Air offers 7 different scenic tours that include: Alpine Lake and Glaciers (1 Hour flight time, optional 15 mins hold time); Princess Louisa Inlet (2 Hour flight time, 30 minutes hold time); My personal favourite Salt Spring Island (1 Hour flight time, up to 7 hours hold time); Whale Watching (1 hour air time); and Butchart Gardens (1 Hour flight time, up to 90 mins hold time).
The West Coast tour (1 Hour 30 mins flight time, up to 7 hours hold time) flies over to Tofino and Ucluelet with stop-overs in Tofino where you can explore the village, browse galleries, and stroll through the forest at Hotsprings Cove. Spot Pacific Rim National Park, the Clayoquot Mountain Range, and more.
For the quickest trip, check out the Local Mountain tour (30 mins airtime). Climb from sea level to 4500 feet toward Howe Sound, over the Lions mountain peaks and old growth forest and back down to the city.
Saltspring Air is now located in the new Seaplane base at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Call ahead to inquire about scenic tours and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for seasonal specials and packages.