Wilderness Seaplanes can help you create the trip of a lifetime- anywhere, anytime. There is no better way to see the British Columbia coast than by floatplane! Mountain peaks, deep coastal inlets, and remote beaches are featured in Wilderness Seaplanes’ scenic flights. They can take you to a wide variety of locations from the immediate local area around Port Hardy to the glaciers of Knights Inlet and the beaches of the Hakai area. They offer flights for as little as $200 for 20 minutes for three people ($67 each) in the Cessna to 9 people in the world renowned Grumman Goose. Wilderness Seaplanes is the last commercial operator world wide of this famous amphibious aircraft, the classic ‘boats’ from a glorious era of travel. Folks come from all over the world just to ride around for a few hours in the Goose!
Some people like the option to do more than just sight-see, for a round trip fare you can ride along on a scheduled flight and visit several locations and see more than what you might do on just a sightseeing flight. Flight destinations change every day so you never really know where you will go, but you will likely see logging camps, fishing outposts and local villages in the River’s Inlet and the Broughton Archipelago. Generally you get to sit up front in the co-pilot seat and get a close up experience with flying on the west coast, and don’t turn down the opportunity to talk to locals who use this service as a part of daily life to get around.
Wilderness Seaplanes provides service from Port Hardy and Bella Bella to the BC Central Coast. They operate six seaplanes, 4 of them are amphibious. They are especially proud of the Grumman Goose fleet. They meticulously maintain their ‘Gooses’, as well as their De Havilland Beavers and Cessna 185, all from their maintenance base in Port Hardy.
Visitors can expect that Wilderness Seaplanes has stepped up their aircraft cleaning procedures by disinfecting before and after flights, they are also fogging the aircraft at night, and on longer station stops, with disinfectant to help keep passengers and crew safe. Transport Canada states that all passengers must wear a mask, and they like many others are very short on masks and will not likely be able to provide you with one. So please try and bring a mask with you. As per the regulations, they must continue to refuse passage to persons that are exhibiting signs of illness related to COVID.
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