Flying High With Harbour Air Seaplanes And Westcoast Air

While there are only a few ways by which to cross the Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island, only one trip reveals the true beauty of the coast from a bird’s eye view. Forgoing a passage through the water, I climbed on board with Harbour Air Seaplanes and Westcoast Air last weekend for a unique perspective.

My travel motto has always been that it’s better to be 20 minutes early than two minutes late, so I arrived early at Vancouver’s seaplane terminal last Friday afternoon while the sun was shining brightly. Following a swift check-in, Jordy and I waited in the departure lounge: me with my complimentary coffee and newspaper, Jordy cuddled deep inside his carrier.

With planes arriving and departing every 10 minutes, many travelers came and went before it was our turn to board. I was beyond pleased to learn that, not only is the Harbour Air family pet-friendly, Jordy was warmly welcomed aboard into the cabin by our kind captain and all of the other passengers. Minutes later our sturdy craft lifted gently off the water and we soon found ourselves soaring high above Vancouver.

The 30-minute flight is no doubt the quickest route between Vancouver and Victoria, but I’d argue that it’s also the most breathtaking. Miles of blue stretched out before my eyes as the ocean met the mountains and the sky.

Cutting southwest across YVR, we were soon hundreds of metres above the sparkling Strait and gliding across the Southern Gulf Islands. In fact, I barely had time to take in everything below me before I noticed that Vancouver Island was upon us and soon it was instead the Victoria International Airport zig-zagging on the ground.

As our seaplane descended towards the Victoria Harbour, local hotels, the Empress and the Parliament Building quickly came into view. Touching down on the water, we streamed across the Inner Harbour and smoothly towards the dock. Moments later the hatch door was open and Jordy and I touched feet (and paws) on Victoria soil.

Two days in our Capital City passed far more quickly than I wished them to, but it was reassuring to know that I had a safe and reliable way home at the end of the weekend – and was back in Vancouver as quick as a wink!

Harbour Air Seaplanes and Westcoast Air have been providing daily, non-stop service between points on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland for more than 40 years! For more information, please visit each company online. You can also follow Harbour Air Seaplanes on Twitter and follow Westcoast Air on Twitter!

Disclosure: cmp.ly/2 (I was not paid to write this post but did receive my return flight compliments of Harbour Air Seaplanes/Westcoast Air.)

On September 11th I’ll be participating in the BC-SPCA’s Paws For A Cause fundraiser – for the fourth time! Please considering donating to this extremely worthwhile cause and offering support to Jordy and I! Click here to read more.

6 Comments on “Flying High With Harbour Air Seaplanes And Westcoast Air

  1. Oh wow, good to know that they are pet friendly. I’ve always wondered about that and will have to plan a trip with Junior in tow next time.
    Do you know if there is an extra charge for your furry friends or is it just included in your ticket price?

  2. @Gus – Harbour Air/Westcoast is most certainly dog-friendly but there are size restrictions and the carrier I brought Jordy over in was the maximum size allowable, so I think Junior Doggy may be too big to come on board in the carrier (as he would not be able to fit under the seat).

  3. Oh that sucks! He’s just the right size for commerical airlines and very quiet traveler too!

  4. Harbour Air/ Westcoast Air is very pet friendly! Especially in the Twin Otters, you can bring your pet on board (assuming the carrier is of the right size and type, and that there is no one on board with pet allergies).

    Call the toll free number, and you will find someone awesome available to help you out!

  5. @Gus I’m not sure what size carrier Junior normally travels in. The hard-shelled carrier required by the seaplanes must be no longer than 18″. As I mentioned, Jordy was just barely small enough.

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