A Day Trip to Nanaimo – Our First Flight On A Seaplane


Harbour Air Seaplane

It was thrilling, as we expected it to be!!

Believe me, more than anything else, it was the seaplanes which would attract us the most whenever we visited Canada Place.

Finally after a bit of research on the web, we took the Harbour Air Seaplanes which operate daily flights from Vancouver to Nanaimo, an island on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Other seaplane routes include Victoria, Sechelt, Comox and Whistler.

The beautiful waiting lounge at the boarding area, a hot cup of coffee, and the super friendly staff essayed the perfect beginning.


Too excited to sit in one place..:)


Heading to take the flight


Our first flight


Harbour Air operates daily flights from Vancouver to Nanaimo

Our tiny aircraft could accommodate up to 18 passengers. However, they come in various capacities. The pilot was cordial enough to allow one of the passengers to accompany him.  But we decided to take the back seat with our 8 month old daughter.

I must mention that the safety and security measures were commendable. And as the plane took off the water (which was actually our runway!) we got a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains on a gorgeous summer day.


Ready to take-off!!


The city of Vancouver


The North Shore Mountains


Time to get down and enjoy Nanaimo

It was bright and sunny. The breathtaking view of the North Shore Mountains enthralled all of us. It was an experience of a lifetime.

Nanaimo is famous for bathtub racing and also known as the ‘Bathtub Racing Capital of the World.’

On our way back to Mainland Vancouver we availed the British Columbia Ferries. BC Ferries runs reserved and scheduled trips to and from Vancouver Islands to Mainland British Columbia.


The British Columbia Ferry provides passenger and vehicle ferry services to coastal and island population


Way back…


Vehicles parked

It’s like a daily mode of transport for people. More than 200 vehicles can be accommodated in these ferries. On board restaurants, children play stations, outstanding scenery – BC Ferries looked like a mini star cruise to me.


Lost in her own world!!

The ferry took us to the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Harbor at West Vancouver, which is a popular picnic destination for the locals.  We wrapped up with the famous fish and chips at the Horseshoe Bay.


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