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Howe Sound Fjord & Coast by Seaplane

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Howe Sound Fjord & Coast by Seaplane

Discover this steep-sided fjord and pacific islands. If you’re lucky maybe some wildlife, too.

Discover A Diverse Biosphere from the AIR & SEA

Discover North America’s most southernly fjord and it’s lush Pacific islands. And if you’re lucky, maybe see some wildlife, too

$235 CAD

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Length

45

Minutes

Season

365

Days a Year

Area Covered

200+

Square KMS

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

See the best of the Sea To Sky Corridor with views from the Pacific ocean to winding waterfalls and glaciated coast mountains

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

Waterways are the veins that bring life to the land. The spectacular Howe Sound is a deep-water fjord that flows to the Pacific via the Strait of Georgia. Flanked by jagged mountain peaks, ancient glaciers and dotted with 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.  We’re passionate about the Howe Sound, its restoration and the diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystem it supports in Squamish, BC. 

What do pilots sound like?

Our pilots are passionate about British Columbia, Squamish, Whistler, Vancouver and the Sea To Sky Corridor. They love sharing what they know about the region’s legendary geology and history so we outfitted every seat with a two-way headset and microphone. Think of us like your best friend taking you on a road trip to all their favourite places. Listen to your pilot tell stories as you fly, ask questions about features and landmarks, or simply sit back and enjoy the view. 

Two people Make It Private For Only $75

All flights seat four people (three guests and one pilot). 

Purchase two full-price seats and get the option to buy the third seat at a reduced rate to reserve the aircraft exclusively for you. This is one of our most popular add-ons. Perfect if you’re buying the Howe Sound Fjord and Coast By Seaplane scenic flight as a gift for a birthday or special occasion. 

From the Flight

Looking out of the plane window under the wing out towards Squamish and the Howe Sound

The Howe Sound Ecosystem

Between 1904 to 1974 Britannia Mine was one of the largest copper mines in the world. The township was home to over 60,000 people. As the mine grew, toxic acid rock drainage polluted the Howe Sound decimating marine wildlife. In 1998 a rehabilitation plan was put in place. Thanks to a dedicated Squamish community and a colossal clean up effort previously lost marine wildlife has started to return to the fjord.

Howe Sound Fjord

Howe Sound is a deep water fjord fed by the Squamish River that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It lays within the traditional territory of the Coast Salish First Nations and is now home to thousands of marine species including orca, humpback whales, and sea lions so keep your eyes peeled. A Fjord is an ancient river valley that was widened and deepened by glacial ice over millennia, making it a very exciting landscape to fly through in a small seaplane.

Pilot standing on the floats of an amphibious seaplane at Sea To Sky Air’s base in Squamish

What To Bring With You

Flying in our planes is just like driving in a car, with ventilation and heating controls. Simply dress for the season. Mountain weather is vibrant and constantly changing and dramatic cloudy skIes can open up to a bright blue sky in seconds. Bring a warm layer if you wish to open the windows during flight. We highly recommend it, it’s lots of fun! Sunglasses are always a good idea and don’t forget to pack your camera or smartphone.

Good To Know Before You Go

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No long check-in lines here. Simply arrive 10-minutes before your flight.  All ages can fly. Children up to two years old are considered infants and must sit on the lap of a responsible guardian. Children older than two must have their own seat. If the combined weight of all passengers per aircraft (maximum of three) is greater than 600 lbs (~270 kg) please contact us by phone or email to make your reservation.

Reservation Policy

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COVID-19: We have made a few temporary changes to our reservation policy to help guests make the most of flights or gift cards they have purchased. Please read our COVD-19 update here to get all details. 

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Changes and cancellations made within 72-hours of a scheduled departure are subject to a 20% fee. 

‘No shows’ and late arrivals will forfeit their flight and be billed the full fare. 

If Sea To Sky Air cancels a flight for any reason, and a suitable alternate flight cannot be scheduled, we will issue a full refund or credit. The original value of the flight will be refunded or a flight credit will be issued. 

Credits (Gift Cards, Flight Credits, Tickets) are transferable and may be used towards any Sea To Sky Air product or service. Name changes to tickets and flight credits can be made by calling the Sea To Sky Air office on 604 898 1975.

Good To Know Before You Go

Open section

No long check-in lines here. Simply arrive 10-minutes before your flight.  All ages can fly. Children up to two years old are considered infants and must sit on the lap of a responsible guardian. Children older than two must have their own seat. If the combined weight of all passengers per aircraft (maximum of three) is greater than 600 lbs (~270 kg) please contact us by phone or email to make your reservation.

Reservation Policy

Open section

COVID-19: We have made a few temporary changes to our reservation policy to help guests make the most of flights or gift cards they have purchased. Please read our COVD-19 update here to get all details. 

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Changes and cancellations made within 72-hours of a scheduled departure are subject to a 20% fee. 

‘No shows’ and late arrivals will forfeit their flight and be billed the full fare. 

If Sea To Sky Air cancels a flight for any reason, and a suitable alternate flight cannot be scheduled, we will issue a full refund or credit. The original value of the flight will be refunded or a flight credit will be issued. 

Credits (Gift Cards, Flight Credits, Tickets) are transferable and may be used towards any Sea To Sky Air product or service. Name changes to tickets and flight credits can be made by calling the Sea To Sky Air office on 604 898 1975.

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