You can hike, bike, and boat your way around Vancouver Island, but flying on a seaplane is a unique way to explore it. I had never been on one and signed up with Sunshine Coast to fly from Nanaimo to Sechelt Inlet (on the mainland part of Canada).
I had a beautiful, sunny afternoon the day I was scheduled to go. I met my pilot at the Sunshine Coast office, and we were off with a handful of other passengers. He gave me headphones to wear, which I quickly found out why due to how loud the propeller was.
We ferried around on the water for a few minutes, and then suddenly we were speeding up and lifting off! I felt my heart race, as I was unsure of how steady the plane would be. Surprisingly enough, the higher we got in the air, the more steady the seaplane felt.
Vancouver Island started to look smaller and smaller as we were going over the open ocean. The other passengers were locals who lived in Sechelt Inlet, which would be such a fun way to commute. They had just been in town for groceries and were going back home to make dinner.
After about 15 minutes, we saw the area we were going to land on. The landing was also very smooth and even better than a regular airplane landing. We got out on the dock, and I went into the town for a few hours. I loved seeing how much there was for an area that looked like it was mainly covered in trees.
After my time was up, I caught a taxi ride back to the ferry dock to head to Vancouver Island. The sun was starting to go down, which made it a beautiful time to be up in the sky. I was so glad to have the experience of going on my first seaplane in one of the most beautiful areas around, Vancouver Island!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tourism Vancouver Island. All opinions and text are my own.
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