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Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

1. Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

Enjoy the most popular tour of Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains. This ideal introduction to seaplane aviation departs from downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and provides a complete aerial view of the city, as well as its surrounding parks and beaches. As if the scenery isn't enough, the thrill of flying will really carry you away. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing. With over 50 aircraft currently, your hosts operate the largest all-seaplane fleet and the first carbon neutral airline in North America. DeHavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otters service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands. Cessna 185 aircraft are available for charter.

Vancouver: Floatplane and Capilano Suspension Bridge Combo

2. Vancouver: Floatplane and Capilano Suspension Bridge Combo

Take a 20-minute seaplane tour departing from downtown Vancouver and get a spectacular aerial view of the city. Enjoy a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park with an admission ticket and explore the Cliffwalk, Capilano River, and more on this combo tour. Combine your seaplane tour with a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. You will get the benefit of a complimentary shuttle transfer from downtown Vancouver to the park.  Located 70 meters above the Capilano River and measuring 140 meters in length, this bridge has been used as a crossing since 1889. Also, discover the new Cliffwalk which follows a precipice along the Capilano River on a maze-like series of bridges, stairs, and platforms through rainforest vegetation.

Vancouver: Floatplane Transfer between Vancouver and Tofino

3. Vancouver: Floatplane Transfer between Vancouver and Tofino

Make your way to Coal Harbour (a part of Burrard Inlet near Canada Place) in Vancouver and board the floatplane. From there, ascend for a bird’s-eye view of the green towers of the Lion’s Gate Bridge and the Brockton Peninsula of Stanley Park. Marvel at these incredible panoramas of the city skyline before heading West over some of British Colombia's most stunning natural scenery. Fly across the Straight of Georgia, over Port Alberni Inlet and Pacific Rim National Park. Enjoy stunning city, ocean, and mountain views during this quick 1-hour journey - a convenient and memorable way to get to Vancouver Island. As you fly closer towards your destination, descend along the coast of Clayoquot Sound into the picturesque Tofino Harbour. Land adjacent to the Tofino Resort and Marina in the heart of the village where your flight will end. This transfer is also available in the opposite direction, from Tofino to Vancouver.

Vancouver: Floatplane Transfer between Vancouver & Victoria

4. Vancouver: Floatplane Transfer between Vancouver & Victoria

Make your way to Coal Harbour, part of Burrard Inlet near Canada Place, and board a seaplane to take you to your next journey in Victoria, BC. Located right along Vancouver’s iconic seawall, the terminal features a passenger lounge with panoramic views of Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains, a gift shop, and the fully licensed Cockpit Café. From Burrard Inlet, ascend for bird’s-eye views of the green towers of Lion’s Gate Bridge and the Brockton Peninsula of Stanley Park. Flying south over the Salish Sea, look down on a cluster of the Gulf Islands dotted with beaches, forests, and fields of gold and green. After 35 minutes in the air, your pilot will land in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Along the harbor, visit the majestic ivy-covered Fairmont Empress hotel and pass the BC Parliament Buildings which, at night, twinkle with thousands of lightbulbs. Victoria's floating terminal boasts some of the city’s best waterfront views and is located beside The Flying Otter Grill and its new extended outdoor patio (the Otter Deck), serving fresh west coast cuisine for lunch and dinner. This journey is also available in the opposite direction, from Victoria to Vancouver.

From Vancouver: Victoria Whale Watching Adventure

5. From Vancouver: Victoria Whale Watching Adventure

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see killer whales with your own eyes! Become a real explorer on this full day air safari including a 3-hour whale-watching trip. Guests meet at the Vancouver Seaplane Terminal. From here you will fly from Vancouver Harbor to Victoria. This is an opportunity to see the mesmerizing views of the Gulf Islands from above. With over 50 aircrafts, Harbor Air Seaplanes operate the largest all-seaplane fleet in the world. Guest will take part in a unique whale watching expedition from Victoria's Inner Harbour. Led by expert guides, you will learn about this ecologically diverse area and the whales that inhabit it. See these magnificent creatures in their own waters. This is an experience that no aquarium can provide. You can also spot seals, birds and the spectacular vistas of Southern Vancouver Island. Don’t forget to bring a camera!

Vancouver: Floatplane Transfer between Vancouver & Whistler

6. Vancouver: Floatplane Transfer between Vancouver & Whistler

Make your way from Vancouver to Whistler via seaplane. Soar over Lions Gate Bridge and arrive at your destination in just 45 minutes. Be sure to check in 25 minutes prior to departure at the Vancouver Harbour Floatplane Centre and take in the organized commotion of the busy working harbor. Located right along Vancouver’s iconic seawall, the terminal features a passenger lounge with panoramic views of Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains, a gift shop, and the fully licensed Cockpit Café. While waiting for your flight, make use of the complimentary amenities, such as WiFi, newspapers, mobile device charging stations, coffee, tea, fruit, and baked goods. Then, board a classic de Havilland seaplane and take off on your flight. After 40 minutes in the air, your pilot will make a quick landing on Whistler's glacial-fed Green Lake, next to the Whistler and Blackcomb Resort. Enjoy access to the Table Nineteen Lakeside Eatery restaurant, which features Whistler's most scenic patio. From there, hop on the complimentary shuttle bus and get whisked to your destination in Whistler Village. Drop off your luggage, and spend a full day exploring the village. This seaplane transfer is also available to book in the opposite direction, from Whistler to Vancouver.

From Vancouver: Whistler Day Trip by Floatplane

7. From Vancouver: Whistler Day Trip by Floatplane

After being collected from your accommodation, at around 8:00 AM, you'll be taken to your plane, leaving from the grand Canada Place. Enjoy panoramic views of Howe Sound, as well as sea-to-sky scenery as you fly beyond the valley to explore rugged peaks, majestic mountains and the lush alpine meadows of the Coast Mountain Range. Marvel at the turquoise glacial waters of the mile-high Garibaldi Lake before landing on the Green Lake, where a shuttle will take you to Whistler Village. Decide your own itinerary in Whistler, with free time to walk around the village, shops, and galleries. Take a short trip to the Lost Lake, ride the peak-to-peak gondola, or have a glass of wine in a local bar. Following your time in Whistler, a shuttle will be waiting for you at your designated pickup point, and fly you back to Vancouver. Enjoy the sights of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands as you fly. Soak up the sights of the Strait of Georgia, before you land in Downtown Vancouver.

From Vancouver: Victoria Tour by Helicopter and Seaplane

8. From Vancouver: Victoria Tour by Helicopter and Seaplane

Victoria is popular for the charm it exudes, manicured gardens, and friendly Canadians. If you are in Vancouver and your time to visit Victoria is limited, this quick downtown-to-downtown air service is a perfect choice. Begin with pickup from your accommodation in Vancouver. Then be transported to the helipad for your flight Take the spectacular helicopter ride over the Gulf Islands to Victoria. You will have about 6.5 hours of your own time to explore this very walkable city before a seaplane takes you back to Vancouver, where you will arrive in the early afternoon.

From Vancouver: Whale Watching and Victoria Trip by Seaplane

9. From Vancouver: Whale Watching and Victoria Trip by Seaplane

Discover the picturesque and popular old town Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, on this all-day tour from Vancouver. Enjoy a spectacular seaplane ride through the scenic Gulf Islands headed to Victoria, one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy 3 hours of whale watching adventure and your own hours visiting some of Victoria's most popular points of interest. This tour includes all transportation, pick-up from your hotel, private residence or Airbnb in Vancouver. Return by seaplane arrives at downtown Vancouver. Sample Itinerary 7:00 am - Meet your driver at your place 8:30 am – Meet your pilot and depart on a seaplane to Victoria 9:30 am – Arrive for check-in at Orca Spirit Adventures 10:00 am – Embark on a three-hour whale-watching tour by boat 1:00 pm – After your whale watching tour, enjoy free time exploring downtown Victoria. Recommendations will be provided. 4:30 pm – Return to the seaplane terminal to check in for your return flight to Vancouver 5:05 pm - The driver will meet you at the arriving gate and bring you back to your accommodation. Upon your request, you can adjust your return flight to Vancouver by 6 pm flight.

The Gulf Islands: Kayak Outing with Seaplane Experience

10. The Gulf Islands: Kayak Outing with Seaplane Experience

Experience the idyllic island paradise between continental Canada and Vancouver Island: the Gulf Islands. These coastal waters are some of the most diverse in the world. See bald eagles, seals, dolphins, otters, oystercatchers, colorful starfish and many more. Discover this natural paradise on a paddleboat tour along the rock formations and remote beaches in comfortable seafaring double kayaks. The day begins with a flight in the seaplane to Salt Spring Island. A highly trained & Experienced guide will lead your day. After a short introduction to the handling of the kayaks, your paddle adventure begins. Learn about the way the ecosystems depend upon and interact with one another from your informative English-speaking guide. The high point of the outing is a picnic on a deserted beach. After a 5-hour outing, return to the mainland to be picked up and returned to your accommodation in Vancouver by a Seaplane. Our driver will meet you at the arrival gate and bring you back to your hotel. Ages must be over 6

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4.9 / 5

based on 160 reviews

The seaplane rise was wonderful (despite the strong smell of kerosene throughout the trip). We had great views, especially of the city. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is set in a beautiful forest, with a lovely walking trail. The bridge itself isn’t for the faint hearted. The tip I received from a tourist behind me was to keep walking and look ahead. If you stop, it swings more.

An amazing experience with views you can only dream of. A must do for anyone visiting Vancouver.

Fast friendly on time exceeded my expectations it was awesome

Great flight and views despite the clouds! Pleasant pilot.

It was a very memorable day , would highly recommend it ☺️