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“The very best way to get to YVR from Nanaimo”

Harbour Air Seaplanes
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Nanaimo, BC, Canada
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“The very best way to get to YVR from Nanaimo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

As a frequent traveller to the US, the best way to get from Nanaimo to the airport in Vancouver, is Harbour Air. Frequent flights, very professional staff, both pilots and ground staff and competitive rates make the 20 minute ride a great option. Harbour Air also has a shuttle to both terminals at YVR. Weight limits to the airport are 50Lbs.


Visited August 2012
2 Thank Bob W
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“A great way to get to Nanaimo from Vancouver”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2012

We have used Harbour Air seaplanes four times now, in support of two holidays in Nanaimo. The connection from Vancouver airport to the Harbour Air terminal is by convenient private bus, and the terminal itself is a great place to hang out. The restaurant itself was worth a visit, never mind being a terminal for a flight.

The flights themselves are great fun. The smallish float planes (Beavers, I think they're called) holding around 12 people, summon up the era of bush pilots, and in fact you can watch the pilot flying the plane during the entire flight. Looking out the windows you can't help but to watch for whales and other rmarine animals. Being small, the planes don't fly too high for this.

The trip lasts about fifteen minutes, and lands in the harbour of Nanaimo. I can't imagine a more convenient and exhilarating way of getting to Nanaimo from Vancouver. Although the price is slightly more than the cost of a taxi/ferry combination, for the convenience it is well worth it. Great fun.

Visited February 2012
4 Thank PeterinUK
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