Seaplane Adventures Part 1: Victoria

Vancouver and Victoria are relatively close in the terms of the distance between them, but in the terms of travel time/required effort to get from one to the other, they are very very very far apart. It takes about 4-5 hours to get from Vancouver to Victoria including, the trip to bus to the other bus that takes you to the ferry, the long trip out to Tsawwassen, the wait at the ferry terminal, the loading onto the ferry, the ferry ride, the loading off the ferry, the drive from Sidney into Victoria. (add 2-6 hours if you drive during peak season and there are 2+ sailing waits).

As you know, I have some “issues” with BC Ferries.

So when I finally had an official Redpilot business trip to Victoria and had the opportunity to jump on board the zippy little Harbour Air Seaplanes (travel time approx. 30 minutes from ) back to Vancity, I was overjoyed. Overjoyed.

I arrived 5 minutes before take-off and was greeted by happy, smiley, nice people. Everyone was awesome. Three cheers for Harbour Air! We taxied out into the Inner Harbour and took off near the Cruise ship dock (what’s it called?? you know by Ogden Point.) I felt like a kid on a ride at Disneyland as we flew over Dallas Road, Gonzo Beach, McNeil Beach, Oak Bay Golf Course, Willows, Uplands, Caddy Bay… So cool to see this memory filled view of South Oak Bay.

Here are is my Harbour Air Seaplane adventures (Part 1: Victoria)

Lisa by whale float plane

Seaplane in the Inner Harbour, Victoria.

Seaplane 1

My mum taking a photo as we taxi out. You can see the good ol’ Empress Hotel in the background.

Seaplane 2 mum picture

seaplane taxi out

Cruisin’ over.

Seaplane 3 cruise

Inside the Seaplane.

inside the seaplane

The Pilot.

seaplane pilot

Ogden Point and downtown Victoria.

Seaplane 5 Ogden point

Gonzo Beach & McNeil Bay… South Oak Bay where I grew up.

seaplane gonzo mcneil


island from window

float plane island

Stay tuned for Seaplane Adventures Part 2: Over the Water and Vancouver.

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  • Reply
    May 30, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    wow, what a experience! i love the images of the islands

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    May 31, 2007 at 8:49 AM

    Lisa this experience must have been so much fun. Your photos are fantastic and capture the moment and wonder of flight. The photos of the islands are also my favorite and make me miss home….

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    June 4, 2007 at 7:56 PM

    Love your pictures! I miss travelling to Victoria on my bi-weekly business trips. I DON’T miss the long rides on the ferry! 30 minutes, I could handle that!

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    Jean-Marie Tholl
    May 28, 2008 at 8:00 AM

    We have the world of Images in common, love your work ! If you fancy check mine, it’s more “humid” than yours, but we share the same passion for lenses.


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