Further proof that British Columbia is ridiculously beautiful

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Howe Sound

Seaplane views of British Columbia’s South Coast

A few weeks ago, we boarded a small seaplane and flew to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. It was the first time our boys experienced taking off and landing on water, so this seaplane flight was a clear highlight for them.

While on the seaplane, we were treated to spectacular views of British Columbia’s spectacular South Coast.

The flight felt more like a scenic tour than a means of transportation. We couldn’t have asked for better weather conditions during our flights, as you can see in this collection of photos. We couldn’t put our phones down! I think we must have taken over a hundred photos on that short 45 minute flight.

We sometimes forget how fortunate we are to live in such a wonderful part of the world. This flight was a timely reminder of how much there is to see and do in our big, beautiful backyard.

If you have not yet visited British Columbia, these photos and video will take you on a virtual trip to its stunning South Coast region. During the flight we passed over Vancouver’s North Shore, Howe Sound, Bowen Island, The Sunshine Coast, the Gulf Islands and the eastern coast of Vancouver Island.

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Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Vancouver Harbour

Vancouver Harbour. Stanley Park and Cypress Mountain in the backdrop.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Vancouver Harbour

Departing Vancouver Harbour in the Burrard Inlet.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, West Vancouver

Ambleside Park in West Vancouver.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, West Vancouver

West Vancouver seawall.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Howe Sound

Howe Sound and the Sea to Sky Highway.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Howe Sound

Coastal Mountains rolling into Howe Sound.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Howe Sound

Simply spectacular! Howe Sound and the Coastal Mountains.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Howe Sound

Keats Island in Howe Sound.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Howe Sound

Spectacular views of Bowen Island and Howe Sound.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Howe Sound, Gibsons, Sunshine Coast

The seaside town of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Sunshine Coast

Simson Provincial Park on Thormanby Island.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Sunshine Coast

Remote coastline on Texada Island.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Comox Harbour

Landing on the water in the Comox Harbour.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Comox Harbour

Comox Harbour in the town of Comox (Central Vancouver Island).

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Comox Harbour

Departing from Comox Harbour on the return flight to Vancouver.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Comox Harbour

Inside the small float plane. No bathrooms or service, so plan accordingly!

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Comox Harbour

Flying over Denman Island, located south of Comox.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, English Bay, Vancouver

Large container ships anchored in English Bay.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Vancouver, Stanley Park

Flying over Stanley Park. That’s the infamous Teahouse and Third Beach.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Vancouver, Stanley Park

Approaching the skyscrapers of downtown Vancouver.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Vancouver, Stanley Park

Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park and Vancouver’s popular West End neighbourhood.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Vancouver, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park

Coal Harbour and Downtown Vancouver.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Vancouver, Coal Harbour, Marina, Stanley Park

Approaching the marinas at Coal Harbour and Stanley Park.

Things to know before you go:

  • We flew with Harbour Air Seaplanes (in case the big logo on the seaplane’s wing wasn’t enough of a giveaway).
  • We departed from Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre, which is located at Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver, and arrived in Comox Harbour in the town of Comox. The flight time was about 45 minutes.
  • Harbour Air has direct flights to most destinations on British Columbia’s South Coast, including Nanaimo, Victoria, Sechelt, Comox, Whistler and the Southern Gulf Islands.
  • Some destinations, like Whistler, are only available in the summer months.
  • You can also book scenic tours that return to the same harbour you departed. This is an ideal option for visitors that don’t have a lot of time to explore the region but want to get a bird’s eye view of British Columbia’s natural beauty.

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Nicole and Braydon

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Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.