Gulf Island Seaplanes has just opened a new base in Downtown Vancouver! The Indigenous owned and operated airline, founded by Alison and Sean Evans, now has two main bases: Gabriola Island and Vancouver Harbour, connecting passengers to seven destinations across British Columbia.
Gulf Island Seaplanes Adds Downtown Vancouver
The addition of the new base will significantly increase the airline’s ability to reach a broader range of destinations for travellers to discover.
“We took our time to refocus our purpose during the pandemic, and we are so proud to not only come out the other side of the pandemic with our business intact but expand our business further than ever before,” says Alison Evans, Co-Founder, Gulf Island Seaplanes. “Flying from Vancouver Harbour positions us in a competitive market as it is a central and desirable location, which will open us up to further partnerships and connect us to more passengers.”
Now offering flights from two main bases (Gabriola Island and Vancouver Harbour), they provide scheduled services to seven destinations, including Gabriola Island, Decourcy Island, Thetis Island, Ruxton Island, Vancouver YVR, Vancouver Harbour, and Hornby Island – the newest location with exclusive dock rights.
In addition, they offer scenic flights of Vancouver, from Vancouver Harbour for those wanting to explore the area from the sky.
The fleet landing into Vancouver Harbour includes two Beavers with a capacity of five passengers and one Caravan, with a capacity for nine passengers. One Beaver (F-HRT) is wrapped with artwork by Tom Spetter at Animikii, featuring a thunderbird, a lightning snake, and a face representing their passengers. The mountain peak in the logo also represents Stegyawden (known as Hagwilget Peak), which is a nod to the birthplace of Co-Founder, Alison Evans, who is Gitxsan, from Hazelton, BC, of the Hagwilget Village nation.
With strong ties to the community, Gulf Island Seaplanes has partnered with the magnificent, Indigenous-owned Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort, providing guest transportation from YVR to the luxury resort in the Caribou area. Similar partnerships with other Indigenous-owned properties are coming soon.
By spring 2023, visitors will enjoy cultural scenic flights around Vancouver, from Vancouver Harbour where passengers can learn about the area’s rich history, resilience and culture. Additionally, chartered routes are available for passengers who would like to travel outside the scheduled services.
For the latest updates and flight schedules, follow Gulf Island Seaplanes on Facebook and Instagram.
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