Amazing Seaplane Flight Around Vancouver!




My family and I board a DeHavilland DHC-III Turbine Otter Seaplane operated by Harbor Air of Vancouver B.C. for a spectacular sightseeing tour of Vancouver and the surrounding mountains. We start off in the airport terminal which is modern and very well maintained. All the food and beverages in the terminal was complementary to Harbor Air passengers! We then were led to our awaiting DHC-III by our friendly pilot "Caleb". He then took us past Canada Place where we then took off. We flew over the Lions-Gate Bridge and into the Burrard Inlet and then English Bay which was well occupied with oil tankers. We then flew over Kittsalano Beach and pool. At this point we were given a great view of YVR Airport before banking left again and flying over False Creek. We were given a stunning view of Mt. Baker and a nice ariel view of downtown Vancouver. We then proceeded over Second Beach and Stanley Park and then towards the mountains. For about 15 minutes we circled the mountains near Vancouver getting a little too close for comfort at times. All in all it was absolutely breathtaking! We then flew over North Vancouver and the pilot put our DHC-III in to a bit of a dramatic invert to quickly lose altitude. We then skimmed over the water of Coal Harbor and gently kissed the water. Not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting that our plane was going to grab onto the water like many commercial aircraft grab onto the runway and bring us to a hard stop, but I was pleasantly surprised! After the pilot pulled our DHC up to the dock and shut down the engines, we stood together for a photo op before my family and I proceeded to the terminal. The trip was absolutely amazing! I highly recommend Harbor Air to anyone needing to travel to Victoria or who want to take a sightseeing tour of Vancouver like My family!

Flight Info:
Airline: Harbor Air
Aircraft: DeHavilland DHC-III Turbine Otter (Seaplane)
Reg: C-FHAJ
Manufactured: 2001
Seat: Somewhere in the back of the plane
Date: 7/31/14
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