For both locals and visitors, taking a float plane is a popular mode of transportation as well as a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the city and surrounding areas. Now, West Coast Air is taking the float plane ride to a whole new level and offering two gourmet tours. The first, the “Fly & Wine Tasting” tour, takes guests to Saturna Island, a sparsely populated urban hideaway nestled amid the Southern Gulf Islands, for a varietal wine tasting. Priced at $299 CAD per person (approximately $267 USD), the tour includes a one-hour flight, one-hour stopover, wine tasting and a souvenir bottle of wine.
The second tour, the “Fly & Dine” package, takes guests on a Vancouver scenic flight tour followed by dinner at The Cannery Seafood House to savour some of the freshest and best seafood in the city. Priced at $189 CAD per person (approximately $168 USD), this tour includes a 20-minute floatplane tour, $50 per person food voucher for The Cannery plus limo transfer back to your downtown hotel. www.westcoastair.com
Whoa, watch out there!! Westcoast air has a TERRIBLE safety record, numerous “close calls” and one major accident where they crashed into the ocean. Fortunately everyone survived and they were rescued by a passing BC ferry. In the resulting court case it was proven they were warned 6 times about a faulty part during safety inspections, but did nothing about it, and were therefore 100% at fault for the crash. There are other floatplane operations to choose from.
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