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Our most recommended British Columbia Air & Helicopter Tours

Nanaimo: Panoramic Seaplane Tour

1. Nanaimo: Panoramic Seaplane Tour

Experience the excitement of seaplane flying with this 20-minute flight. Depart from Nanaimo’s historic waterfront on this ideal introduction to seaplane aviation. Explore your surroundings from a new perspective and take in panoramic views of Harbour City with Mount Benson as its backdrop. Enjoy aerial vistas of some of the southern Gulf Islands including Newcastle Island Provincial Park located right offshore. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for wildlife such as seals and sea lions on the rocky coastlines along the Strait of Georgia.

Victoria Panoramic Seaplane Tour

2. Victoria Panoramic Seaplane Tour

Fly high above scenic Victoria BC and explore its beautiful scenery by seaplane. This thrill-a-minute tour will reveal a spectacular landscape and unforgettable aerial views. The Panoramic Seaplane Tour of Victoria will glide over the Olympic Mountains and along the Victoria waterfront to the white sand beaches of James and Sydney Islands. From here the tour heads north to the Saanich Peninsular and over the famous Butchart Gardens before returning back to Victoria Harbor. It is an experience not to be missed, especially if time is limited in Victoria and the photo opportunities just cannot be bettered. A fantastic day out for aviation lovers.

Whistler Valley Tour by Seaplane: 20-Minute Flight

3. Whistler Valley Tour by Seaplane: 20-Minute Flight

Venture further than the majestic mountains and valleys surrounding Whistler as you fly high over the scenery on this 20-minute seaplane flight.  Get an introduction to seaplane aviation as you depart from Green Lake, Whistler. Then, enjoy stunning vistas of the Whistler Valley, including Whistler village and monuments from the 2010 Winter Olympics. Get a bird's eye view of the Olympic Rings at Whistler Olympic Plaza, along with the Olympic Park and other Olympic venues. Fly over the spectacular cascades of Brandywine Falls and watch the water plunge into Brandywine Creek. What started as a 2 plane operation in 1982 to service the British Columbia forestry sector has now grown into North America’s largest seaplane company and only fully carbon neutral airline. With a showcase fleet of Canadian-made De Havilland aircraft, you’ll fly aboard a DHC-3 Turbine Single Otter, DHC-6 Twin Otter or DHC-2 Beaver. Let’s fly!

Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

4. 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.

Whistler Spectacular Glacier Tour by Seaplane

5. Whistler Spectacular Glacier Tour by Seaplane

Discover even more of Whistler's majestic mountains and glaciers as you fly high over the scenry on this 30 minutes flight.  Experience British Columbia’s supernatural beauty with this eagle’s eye flight over the majestic glaciers, rugged peaks, unique volcanic formations and lush alpine meadows that surround the turquoise waters of mile-high Garibaldi Lake. Don’t forget your camera! With currently over 50 aircraft, Harbour Air, Westcoast Air, and Whistler Air operate the largest seaplane fleet in the world. Dehavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otter service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Maindland, and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands, and a Cessna 185 aircraft is available for charter. What started as a two airplane operation in 1982 to service the BC forestry sector, Harbour Air Seaplanes has grown into North America’s largest seaplane airline and only fully carbon neutral airline. With a showcase fleet of Canadian-made De Havilland aircraft, you’ll enjoy flying aboard a DHC-3 Turbine Single Otter, DHC-6 Twin Otter, or DHC-2 Beaver. Let’s fly!

Whistler: The Sea to Sky Helicopter Tour and Glacier Landing

6. Whistler: The Sea to Sky Helicopter Tour and Glacier Landing

Discover the astonishing beauty of Whistler and the surrounding area on this scenic helicopter flight. After meeting your professional pilot and getting comfy in a helicopter, get ready to take in incredible views. During your 42 minutes in the air, see the famous Whistler Blackcomb Resort, the turquoise green Cheakamus Lake, Garibaldi Lake, and fly over the spectacular mountain top with a view of Black Tusk Peak. Feel the cold icy snow with both feet as you enjoy a 15-minute landing to savor a magnificent glacier viewing, if weather conditions allow. This landing experience offers absolutely amazing views. After your scenic flight, you will return to the Whistler Heliport.

Vancouver: Extended Panorama Flight by Seaplane

7. Vancouver: Extended Panorama Flight by Seaplane

Discover even more of the majestic mountains and expansive coastline that surround the breathtaking city of Vancouver, as you fly high over the scenery on this 35-minute flight. This extended version of the Vancouver Panorama tour offers the same sights before following the coast further north towards Whistler, then looping back down over the Islands and exploring the incredible Sunshine Coast. With currently over 50 aircraft, Harbour Air and Westcoast Air operate the largest all-seaplane fleet in the world. 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, and Cessna 185 aircraft are available for charter. Take your chance to experience Vancouver's beautiful landscapes from a bird's-eye-view!

Jasper: Private Helicopter Tour in the Rocky Mountains

8. Jasper: Private Helicopter Tour in the Rocky Mountains

Meet your local pilot and private helicopter at the Jasper Hinton Airport. From here discuss your preferred tour route, with consideration given to current weather conditions, allotted time and your comfort level. All passengers will be given a thorough safety briefing and plenty of time for photos with the helicopter. Passengers will then board the aircraft and lift off to enjoy spectacular scenery. Headsets will be provided to every passenger to communicate with their pilot- ask questions and learn a little bit about the area. Your pilots live and play here and can't wait to share some favourite spots with you. 20 minute tour- Get into the mountains quickly in our Long Ranger helicopter that takes up to 6 people. A quick zip along a mountain ridge and soar above beautiful local lakes. Perfect for those who are unsure of heights or motion sickness. 30 minute tour- You can choose between a flight along Folding Mountain ridges and then into the alpine peaks towards Miette Hotsprings. Journey north out over Brule lake towards Solomon peak that taunts us from the airport. Or chose to fly in the main valley and take in Jasper Lake and townsite from an incredible angle with the Rocky mountains all around you. 60 minute tour- Our helicopter travels quite fast and can reach many hidden gems and secret spots in one hour. It's best to discuss your route with your local pilot! It doesn't matter the route -amazing scenery and plenty incredible photo opportunities are guaranteed! 2 hour tour- A customized tour just for you and your group. Includes one remote landing. Many pristine lakes or even mountain tops to land at for an incredibly full experience.

Canadian Rockies: Helicopter Flight with Exploration Hike

9. Canadian Rockies: Helicopter Flight with Exploration Hike

Get ready for an awe-inspiring experience of the Rocky Mountain with this scenic helicopter flight and hiking tour. See the Rockies from a bird's-eye view. Admire the stunning views of the mountains, lakes, and glaciers from above. Then explore the region’s natural beauty on foot. Choose from a 20, 30, or 55-minute scenic flight. Each option includes incredible panoramas of waterfalls, emerald-green lakes, and mountain ridges. With the 55-minute flight, approach the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Rocky Mountains. After the flight, land at the confluence of the Cline River and Waterfalls Creek. Continue to explore the wild beauty of this region on foot, hiking to the Twin Falls waterfall. Then climb back on board the helicopter and fly back to the heliport, enjoying the fantastic views of Abraham Lake.

Whistler Alpine Lake Landing Tour by Seaplane

10. Whistler Alpine Lake Landing Tour by Seaplane

Imagine a remote alpine lake hidden between jutting peaks heavy with hanging blue glaciers. Now imagine coming in for a landing over a gorgeous waterfall and pulling up to a pristine golden sand beach. Enjoy the awesome scenery as you sit back, relax and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Flight includes all sights of the Ultimate Glacier Tour.  Discover even more of the majestic alpine landscape of Whistler. The tour allows more time in the alpine to marvel at how these massive volcanoes and powerful rivers carved our magnificent surroundings. This flight is not to be missed! What started as a two airplane operation in 1982 to service the BC forestry sector, this has grown into North America’s largest seaplane airline and only fully carbon neutral airline. With a showcase fleet of Canadian-made De Havilland aircraft, you’ll enjoy flying aboard a DHC-3 Turbine Single Otter, DHC-6 Twin Otter, or DHC-2 Beaver. Let’s fly!

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What people are saying about British Columbia

Really awesome Flight. You see so much of Vancouver and the mountains in the north. As a solo traveller I could sit next to the pilot and open the Window a bit to photograph out, which really helped. The pilot was also super nice. The whole experience comes highly recommended!

Very good, professional flight over the bay and nearby Vancouver mountains, final loop over downtown, impressive! Was another highlight of our Vancouver stay!

A short flight over the harbour is absolutely perfect if you wish to experience a seaplane. Pilot was fab showing us the bay and the city. Highly recommend

Incredible views of the mountains and glaciers... would not have been able to experience Banff like this any other way... would do it again!

Great operation. Pilot was informative. Great scenery