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Vancouver’s Harbour Air Seaplanes

Harbour Air Seaplane

Harbour Air is a seaplane airline with a terminal in Coal Harbour by the Vancouver Convention Centre. It offers flights to Victoria and other destinations.


The same as other transportation and tourism-related businesses, Vancouver’s seaplane company has been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Harbour Air suspended all regularly scheduled flights as of March 28th, 2020.

However, as of June 2020, daily flights have returned for most routes. Many precautionary measures that were implemented are still enforced as of September 2020. All passengers must sign a form declaring that they don’t have symptoms of COVID-19. Travellers are required to wear masks while onboard, cleaning practices have understandably improved, and seating capacities have been reduced.

To learn more about the status of services of BC’s main passenger seaplane company, see the Harbour Air website.

For a list of Lower Mainland events and attractions that have also been impacted, and to learn more about the virus in general and the government’s response, see our article about Vancouver Event Cancellations & COVID-19.

Harbour Air Float Planes

North America’s first carbon neutral air carrier and the world’s largest all seaplane airline, Harbour Air offers short-haul flights departing from both downtown Vancouver and YVR Airport; Nanaimo, Victoria, and Comox all on Vancouver Island; the Gulf Islands; and Whistler, Sechelt and Pitt Meadows in the Lower Mainland.

Not only is Harbour Air a fast and convenient way to get around, especially between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, but it is also a spectacular attraction in itself. Fly on a sunny day and get a window seat and you’ll find the views from the plane to be some of the best in the world.

Harbour Air Seaplane at Dock
Harbour Air Seaplane in Coal Harbour

Tips and Advice

Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your seaplane-flying experience.

TIP #1: Get to your flight early on a sunny day so you can get a window seat, and don’t forget your camera. Unless you pay an extra $10 or so at check-in, seat selection is on a first-to-board, first-to-pick basis.

TIP #2: Ask at the desk which side of the plane to sit on for the best views and photo opportunities. Views of Victoria are usually best from the right side of the plane when flying from Vancouver to BC’s capital city, and on the left when flying the other way, although that can vary. Views of Vancouver can be best from the left or right side, depending on where the winds are blowing and the pilot’s probable approach.

TIP #3: Harbour Air offers special discounts periodically. If you plan to fly frequently and don’t mind the e-mails, sign up for their discount notification e-mails. Wednesdays are when they usually post their sales.

TIP #4: If you’ve never flown on Harbour Air before ask if they offer a “first time” discount. They used to offer 50% off and maybe they still do!

TIP #5: Students with valid ID can often fly standby for about half price.

Harbour Air Seaplane Docks
Seaplane Terminal in Coal Harbour

Other Information

For views of Vancouver from a Harbour Air seaplane, check out our Vancouver Aerial Views.

For more information, see the Harbour Air website.