There is simply no better way to see the scenery and wildlife that is all around us on Vancouver Island than from above in a floatplane. Ocean Air in north Saanich offers spectacular charter flights and scenic tours of Vancouver Island and the surrounding coastal areas. In addition to their breathtaking tours, Ocean Air has also been helping aspiring pilots earn their Canadian Seaplane rating since 2003.
With thousands of hours conducting coastal seaplane flights and their tremendous knowledge about local attractions as well as lesser known amazing get-away destinations, they can help you plan the perfect adventure. Some of the more popular charters and tours can include:
- Fly-In Fishing – Experience the fishing trip of a lifetime going after Pacific Halibut and Salmon along the west coast. Their fishing guides are professional and have years of experience along with all the gear you will need to satisfy all your dreams of catching ‘The Big One.” Both novice and experienced fishers can book a simple “Day Trip” or arrange to be flown to a secluded Five-Star fishing lodge.
- Wine Tasting – Tours can be arranged to take you anywhere on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast, Tofino, Whistler, and more. Wine tasting on Saturna Island is a perfect get-away for a few friends or a romantic trip for just two. The feeling of arriving at the vineyard in style is certainly a feeling one does not forget!
- Salt Spring Island – Is the largest of the Gulf Islands and the Island’s Ganges Village is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, pubs, and amazing artisan shops. It’s almost too easy to get into the relaxed ambience of Island life while strolling through the Village of Ganges.
- Victoria City Tour – Leaving from either Patricia Bay or Victoria Harbour this tour will take you along the shores of our provincial capital and give you an amazing and unique perspective of Beacon Hill Park, Oak Bay, the Gulf Islands, the Butchart Gardens and the Saanich Peninsula.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to fly a float plane be sure to schedule an Ocean Air Discovery Flight. This is a great one hour lesson that will let you experience some take-offs and landings and best of all, no pilot license is required.
For aspiring seaplane pilots, Ocean Air also operates an air-taxi service which means that the training you receive will include various issues and concerns along with the proper planning and level of professionalism that is necessary when serving the public.
If you already have your license and wish to add Transport Canada’ Seaplane/Float Plane rating; Ocean Air can help you with that too!
Because floatplanes can fly so much lower than commercial planes, nothing can compare to the views of Vancouver Island, its coast, mountains, and wildlife that you can get from the seaplane.
Until March of 2015 Pat Bay Air also offered many of these charters and tours but unfortunately, they are no longer in operation.