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Vancouver’s Harbour Air Seaplanes


Harbour Air is a seaplane airline operating out of downtown Vancouver, right by the Vancouver Convention Centre in Coal Harbour.

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 View of Vancouver
View of Vancouver from Harbour Air Seaplane

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. Chances are good they’ll offer you 50% off!

Vancouver Aerial View
View of Vancouver from a Harbour Air Seaplane

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

For more information, see the Harbour Air website.