Howe Sound by Floatplane

The best way to explore Squamish’s magnificent coastal landscape


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Explore a unique pocket of rugged west coast beauty on Canada’s famous Pacific coastline

Soak up the best of the Sea To Sky Corridor with views from the Pacific ocean to the glaciated coast mountains

Eagles, seals, sea lions, orca and humpback whales all call the Howe Sound their home

The spectacular Howe Sound is a deep water fjord that flows to the Pacific via the the Strait of Georgia. Flanked by jagged mountain peaks, ancient glaciers and dotted with tiny islands the Howe Sound is a paradise popular for sea kayaking, sailing, paddleboarding, fishing, kiteboarding and, more recently, wildlife spotting.

The unforgettable turquoise water of the Howe Sound (most vibrant in the spring and fall) is caused by glacial flour that runs down the mountainsides via the valley’s many waterfalls.

Just a few of the sights along the way include Mount Garibaldi, the Squamish Spit, the Defence Islands, Anvil Island, Shannon Falls, the Tantalus Range, Gambier Island and the mighty Stawamus Chief.

Our pilots are passionate about the Howe Sound, its restoration and the diverse marine ecosystem it supports. They’re a wealth of knowledge and are full of information about the awesome things you’ll see. Chat with your pilot via your personal two-way headset or simply sit back and enjoy the view.

You can’t get the same experience anywhere else!

Learn more about this amazing place in our blog post about the Howe Sound’s biodiversity and its recovery after the days of copper mining.


Guest reviews of our tours and experiences

“Wow what an awesome experience, flying over so many majestic mountains. You felt within touching distance to the fearsome beauty of the glaciers and did not know which mountain to gaze your eye on, they were all distinctive and full of stories. A total overload of wonder. ”Jennie B, TripAdvisor
“As a local whose hiked and climbed many of the local area trails and mountains, the view from the air is most indescribable. You have to experience it for yourself! Thanks Pilot Katie for your friendly and professional demeanor. Thank-you for a wonderful flight!”Stanley Y, TripAdvisor
“Took my Dad on a flight for his 70th. Can’t say enough about Sea to Sky air. Pilots were awesome. Flight was spectacular. Can’t wait to do another one soon!”Bcuff2019, TripAdvisor

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Good to know: Flying in our aircraft is just like driving in a car, with ventilation and heating control. Simply dress for the season and sunglasses are recommended. All ages can participate in a flight. Children up to 2 years old are considered infants, and must sit on the lap of a responsible guardian. Children older than 2 must have their own seat in the aircraft.

This flight runs all year-round.

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