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Vancouver Air & helicopter tours

Our most recommended Vancouver Air & helicopter tours

Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

1. Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

Enjoy the most popular tour of Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains. This ideal introduction to seaplane aviation departs from downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and provides a complete aerial view of the city, as well as its surrounding parks and beaches. As if the scenery isn't enough, the thrill of flying will really carry you away. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing. With over 50 aircraft currently, your hosts operate the largest all-seaplane fleet and the first carbon neutral airline in North America. DeHavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otters service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands. Cessna 185 aircraft are available for charter.

Vancouver: Floatplane and Capilano Suspension Bridge Combo

2. Vancouver: Floatplane and Capilano Suspension Bridge Combo

Take a 20-minute seaplane tour departing from downtown Vancouver and get a spectacular aerial view of the city. Enjoy a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park with an admission ticket and explore the Cliffwalk, Capilano River, and more on this combo tour. Combine your seaplane tour with a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. You will get the benefit of a complimentary shuttle transfer from downtown Vancouver to the park.  Located 70 meters above the Capilano River and measuring 140 meters in length, this bridge has been used as a crossing since 1889. Also, discover the new Cliffwalk which follows a precipice along the Capilano River on a maze-like series of bridges, stairs, and platforms through rainforest vegetation.

Vancouver: BC Backcountry Helicopter Tour

3. Vancouver: BC Backcountry Helicopter Tour

Board a helicopter in Vancouver and capture a birds-eye view of British Columbia's west coast with steep mountain ranges, evergreen forests, and twisting rivers and streams. Experience a unique itinerary guaranteed to give the best scenery in the region. Marvel at the sights that are usually just for experienced hikers and mountaineers. Hop into a helicopter and witness coast mountain views, stunning waterfalls, alpine lakes, and snow-peaked mountains. Learn about this unique and pristine environment from your pilot. Create memories, take photos, and fully immerse into the wilderness.

From Vancouver: Victoria Whale Watching Adventure

4. From Vancouver: Victoria Whale Watching Adventure

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see killer whales with your own eyes! Become a real explorer on this full day air safari including a 3-hour whale-watching trip. Guests meet at the Vancouver Seaplane Terminal. From here you will fly from Vancouver Harbor to Victoria. This is an opportunity to see the mesmerizing views of the Gulf Islands from above. With over 50 aircrafts, Harbor Air Seaplanes operate the largest all-seaplane fleet in the world. Guest will take part in a unique whale watching expedition from Victoria's Inner Harbour. Led by expert guides, you will learn about this ecologically diverse area and the whales that inhabit it. See these magnificent creatures in their own waters. This is an experience that no aquarium can provide. You can also spot seals, birds and the spectacular vistas of Southern Vancouver Island. Don’t forget to bring a camera!

Vancouver: Fly & Dine to Bowen Island

5. Vancouver: Fly & Dine to Bowen Island

Escape by seaplane from downtown Vancouver’s vibrant Coal Harbour to tranquil Bowen Island for a memorable seaside dinner and enjoy a West Coast style meal at Doc Morgan’s restaurant. Enjoy ocean views before boarding the ferry from Snug Cove to Horseshoe Bay and be met by your car service. Then experience the city lights as you return to downtown Vancouver. This truly west coast evening will surely become one of the highlights of your trip. Harbour Air Seaplanes started as a two airplane operation in 1982 to service the BC forestry sector and has grown into North America’s largest seaplane airline and only fully carbon-neutral airline. With a showcase fleet of Canadian-made De Havilland aircraft, enjoy flying aboard a DHC-3 Turbine Single Otter, DHC-6 Twin Otter, or DHC-2 Beaver.

Taste of the West Coast Seaplane Tour

6. Taste of the West Coast Seaplane Tour

This tour offers a taste of all there is to love about the West Coast! Depart downtown Vancouver by shuttle and travel to Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay. There you will enjoy a two-hour guided nature tour that showcases unique marine wildlife. Recharge from the tour by dining at Doc Morgans restaurant. Complete your day with an exciting seaplane flight back to downtown Vancouver. With over 50 aircraft currently, Harbour Air and Westcoast Air operate the largest all-seaplane fleet in the world. DeHavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otters service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands. Cessna 185 aircraft are available for charter.

From Vancouver: Whistler Day Trip by Floatplane

7. From Vancouver: Whistler Day Trip by Floatplane

After being collected from your accommodation, at around 8:00 AM, you'll be taken to your plane, leaving from the grand Canada Place. Enjoy panoramic views of Howe Sound, as well as sea-to-sky scenery as you fly beyond the valley to explore rugged peaks, majestic mountains and the lush alpine meadows of the Coast Mountain Range. Marvel at the turquoise glacial waters of the mile-high Garibaldi Lake before landing on the Green Lake, where a shuttle will take you to Whistler Village. Decide your own itinerary in Whistler, with free time to walk around the village, shops, and galleries. Take a short trip to the Lost Lake, ride the peak-to-peak gondola, or have a glass of wine in a local bar. Following your time in Whistler, a shuttle will be waiting for you at your designated pickup point, and fly you back to Vancouver. Enjoy the sights of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands as you fly. Soak up the sights of the Strait of Georgia, before you land in Downtown Vancouver.

From Vancouver: Victoria Tour by Helicopter and Seaplane

8. From Vancouver: Victoria Tour by Helicopter and Seaplane

Victoria is popular for the charm it exudes, manicured gardens, and friendly Canadians. If you are in Vancouver and your time to visit Victoria is limited, this quick downtown-to-downtown air service is a perfect choice. Begin with pickup from your accommodation in Vancouver. Then be transported to the helipad for your flight Take the spectacular helicopter ride over the Gulf Islands to Victoria. You will have about 6.5 hours of your own time to explore this very walkable city before a seaplane takes you back to Vancouver, where you will arrive in the early afternoon.

From Vancouver: Whale Watching and Victoria Trip by Seaplane

9. From Vancouver: Whale Watching and Victoria Trip by Seaplane

Discover the picturesque and popular old town Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, on this all-day tour from Vancouver. Enjoy a spectacular seaplane ride through the scenic Gulf Islands headed to Victoria, one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy 3 hours of whale watching adventure and your own hours visiting some of Victoria's most popular points of interest. This tour includes all transportation, pick-up from your hotel, private residence or Airbnb in Vancouver. Return by seaplane arrives at downtown Vancouver. Sample Itinerary 7:00 am - Meet your driver at your place 8:30 am – Meet your pilot and depart on a seaplane to Victoria 9:30 am – Arrive for check-in at Orca Spirit Adventures 10:00 am – Embark on a three-hour whale-watching tour by boat 1:00 pm – After your whale watching tour, enjoy free time exploring downtown Victoria. Recommendations will be provided. 4:30 pm – Return to the seaplane terminal to check in for your return flight to Vancouver 5:05 pm - The driver will meet you at the arriving gate and bring you back to your accommodation. Upon your request, you can adjust your return flight to Vancouver by 6 pm flight.

Vancouver: Private Tour and Seaplane Excursion

10. Vancouver: Private Tour and Seaplane Excursion

Explore Vancouver from above with this lovely scenic journey for 20 minutes on a seaplane, starting from Vancouver downtown harbor and fly over Stanley Park English Bay, Lions Gate, North Shore and Vancouver city. The itinerary includes a Vancouver downtown overview of major historic landmark buildings, Canada Place, Robson and Georgia Street, China Town, Historic Gastown, Stanley Park with Totem Poles and Prospect Point.  Explore the public market at the Granville Island for one hour. The last stop on the tour is a visit to Queen Elizabeth park.

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The seaplane rise was wonderful (despite the strong smell of kerosene throughout the trip). We had great views, especially of the city. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is set in a beautiful forest, with a lovely walking trail. The bridge itself isn’t for the faint hearted. The tip I received from a tourist behind me was to keep walking and look ahead. If you stop, it swings more.

An amazing experience with views you can only dream of. A must do for anyone visiting Vancouver.

Fast friendly on time exceeded my expectations it was awesome

Great flight and views despite the clouds! Pleasant pilot.

It was a very memorable day , would highly recommend it ☺️