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Harbour Air Seaplanes

55 reviews
Nanaimo, Canada
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About Harbour Air Seaplanes
With up to 20 daily departures, you can fly between Nanaimo Harbour and downtown Vancouver, South Vancouver (YVR) or Sechelt on a scheduled service flight. Want to try flying on floats? Join us for a scenic panorama tour and experience Nanaimo from above! Founded in 1982 with two small seaplanes, Harbour Air is North America’s largest and first fully carbon neutral airline. The company’s international seaplane service, which originally began as a service for the forestry industry in B.C., is now a quintessential west coast experience. With a showcase fleet of more than 40 aircraft, Harbour Air offers up to 200 daily scheduled flights, scenic tours, adventure packages, and private flights. With 12 scheduled destinations connecting downtown Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle (WA), Nanaimo, Tofino, Whistler, South Vancouver (YVR), Sechelt, Salt Spring Island, Pitt Meadows, Maple Bay and Comox, B.C. born Harbour Air welcomes 450,000 passengers every year.
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18 reviews
Take to the skies and enjoy breathtaking views over Canada’s rugged mountainscape on this 30- or 40-minute glacier sightseeing experience by floatplane from Whistler. Hop into your flightseeing plane near Green Lake and take your seat. Then, watch as the land disappears beneath you and soar high over Whistler’s rugged terrain. Admire panoramic views over the region’s mighty glaciers, soaring peaks, shimmering lakes and dense forests. Listen as your pilot shares insight into the valleys’ rich geography, and upgrade your tour for a further 10 minutes’ airtime.
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$138.49 per adult
9 reviews
Experience the majesty of Canada’s Sunshine Coast from the air with a 40-minute round-trip seaplane flight from Nanaimo. Take to the skies with a pilot and fly high over the Strait of Georgia. Enjoy panoramic views over the tiny islands dotting the waterway, and stop for up to four hours’ free time in the British Columbia town of Sechelt. Enjoy two take-offs and landings during your tour, and see the Sunshine Coast in a way many visitors miss.
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$107.54 per adult
Whistler to Vancouver Scenic Flight
Get from Whistler to Vancouver in just 40-minutes and take in gorgeous views along the way during this scenic flight aboard a sea-plane. Catch your flight near Whistler and Blackcomb and soar over glacial fed Green Lake. Take in the massive mountain range and cross the Georgia Strait before landing in Coal Harbour, Vancouver.
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$160.92 per adult
Whistler Flightseeing Tour with Alpine Lake Landing and Optional Lunch
5 reviews
Witness the awesome beauty of British Columbia by floatplane on a 2-hour flight and lake landing from Whistler. Delight in panoramic aerial views of BC’s vast alpine wilderness as you drift over mountains, jutting glaciers and hidden lakes, then touch down lakeside for some exploring. You’ll have plenty of time to soak up the surroundings and savor an optional lunch (additional expense) before heading back to Whistler.
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$282.39 per adult
Whistler to Victoria Scenic Flight
1 review
The route between Whistler and Victoria is well-travelled, but the best way to reach your destination swiftly—and fully appreciate the spectacular scenery—is by air. On this tour, take to the skies by seaplane with your pilot, with pickup at selected Whistler hotels and drop-off in downtown Victoria included. Enjoy unrivalled views from the glacial mountains and lakes to the Gulf Strait islands, and reach Victoria in comfort.
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$220.50 per adult
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the sea plane from Nanaimo to downtown Victoria during our honeymoon. It was a fantastic experience and it was the highlight of our trip. There was a comfortable lounge before departure with complimentary snacks and all the staff were very courteous. But the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank franib261
HarbourAirSeaplanes, Guest Relations Manager at Harbour Air Seaplanes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Franib261, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us and fellow TripAdvisor users!  We agree, the flight does provide some spectacular scenery! The complimentary snacks and beverages are just one of the many great things we offer at Harbour Air....More

Reviewed May 8, 2019

A very smooth flight from Nanaimo harbour to Vancouver airport, lots to see on a beautiful sunny morning I was seated on the right side of the plane, so I could see the gulf islands very wellMore

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Dave B
HarbourAirSeaplanes, Guest Relations Manager at Harbour Air Seaplanes, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2019

Hello Dave B Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your trip between Nanaimo and our Richmond (YVR South) Terminal! We agree, the flight does provide some spectacular scenery! We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back...More

Reviewed March 11, 2019 via mobile

This was my second trip on a float plane ; first was with Seair which I really enjoyed. Of course, the 1/2 price flight helped as well as free parking. I also remember taking numerous cell phone pictures. Harbour Air doesn't let you use your...More

Thank blakeh1313
HarbourAirSeaplanes, Guest Relations Manager at Harbour Air Seaplanes, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2019

blakeh1313, Thank you for choosing to fly with Harbour Air Seaplanes! We are pleased to hear our teams were friendly during your visit, providing the quick, efficient and safe service we are known for! As you've noticed, Harbour Air takes safety very seriously. We ask...More

Reviewed January 15, 2019

This company is great - you can get from Nanaimo to Vancouver or Sechelt in 20 minutes to 30 minutes and you are right in the heart of Nanaimo or Vancouver. From there you have easy access to public transport, etc. The planes afford a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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HarbourAirSeaplanes, Guest Relations Manager at Harbour Air Seaplanes, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2019

581suzannep, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with us and fellow TripAdvisor users! We are so pleased to hear our services are not only convenient, but also offer you a great view between the island and mainland. We hope to...More

Reviewed November 13, 2018

Wow is a word used quite often in reviews but I have to say Harbour Air deserve it, from booking to reception to the flight, all was exceptional. Staff were friendly and attentive and made a real effort to make people comfortable and welcoming. I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Alan H
HarbourAirSeaplanes, Customer Care at Harbour Air Seaplanes, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2018

Alan H, Wow! Thank you for your kind review. We are proud of our teams and always pleased to hear such wonderful feedback about our teams in Nanaimo. We work hard to make sure all of our guest's needs are met, and are so happy...More

Reviewed November 11, 2018

I took a float plane from Nanaimo to Vancouver, and it was a great experience. The flight left from the Nanaimo Harbour, which is where I was staying and goes right to downtown Vancouver in 20 mins. The check in process and so civilized and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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HarbourAirSeaplanes, Customer Care at Harbour Air Seaplanes, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2018

Dear elder87, Thank you for choosing to fly with Harbour Air! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience in detail, and stressing the importance of choosing the right fare for your needs. We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed the experience and...More

Reviewed October 23, 2018

Easy, organized, on time, inexpensive - and loads of fun to boot. A great way to make your way to the mainland. Better than the ferry!More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank randomhappiness
HarbourAirSeaplanes, Customer Care at Harbour Air Seaplanes, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2018

randomhappiness, Thank you so much for writing in about Harbour Air! We are so pleased to hear our service was of value to you, making the trip to the mainland a bit easier and look forward to seeing you again soon! - Harbour Air TripAdvisor...More

Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

We used Harbour Air for our transfer from Vancouver International Airport to Nanaimo Harbour! The service they provide is second to none, both at the point of booking and on the day of the flight. We arrived early at check in and the staff managed...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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HarbourAirSeaplanes, Guest Relations Manager at Harbour Air Seaplanes, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2018

Nick and Angel, Thank you for taking the time to share your Harbour Air experience with fellow TripAdvisor users! We are so pleased to hear you found our service convenient, while also enjoying the perks of elevated customer service and a fantastic value. Thank you!...More

Reviewed September 19, 2018

Anytime I want to get to Vancouver or Richmond quickly, I always fly Harbour Air. They have great customer service and I always enjoy the experience. I especially enjoy the complimentary tea/coffee and treats while you wait for your flight.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Liz C
HarbourAirSeaplanes, Guest Relations Manager at Harbour Air Seaplanes, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2018

Liz C, We really appreciate the kind words about our teams in Nanaimo and Vancouver. I will be pleased to pass along this good news about their great customer service. Looking forward to your next flight with us! - Harbour Air TripAdvisor Team

Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

A short family break and a round trip on a float plane from Sechelt to Nanaimo BC. Check in was easy and luggage was weighed and taken for us. Free drinks, fruit, muffins and cookies were available while we waited to board. Children were even...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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HarbourAirSeaplanes, Guest Relations Manager at Harbour Air Seaplanes, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2018

Godojudi, Thank you so much for your kind review. We appreciate you taking the time to review your recent scheduled flight from Sechelt to Nanaimo, and are pleased to hear you enjoyed our services and complimentary amenities. Looking forward to your next trip with us...More

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Hi clivecher, Thanks for your question! When you arrive at YVR we have a complimentary shuttle service that can pick you up and drive you to our terminal. Please find guidelines for pick up below. Alternatively a taxi... More
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