This flight came about as it seems the DHC-3 Otter will in coming years be replaced with newer aircraft like Cessna 208 caravan etc and now is the ideal time to get a flight on the Otter before it is too late.
Flights were easily booked online on the day for a good price. Had we done it at the Harbour air office, it would have been more expensive.
Myself and Trevor went in the flight. Dad wasn’t too interested in coming.
DHC-3 Turbo Otter C-FHAX was the aircraft we flew over on. It is in the new Harbour Air colours.
Usually boarding a float plane can be a bit tricky as most only have a ladder from the float to the door, but the Harbour Air aircraft have proper steps attached.
There is a single row of seats on the left and twin seats on the right.
Flight was not full, but all window seats were taken.
The view on take off is impressive from Vancouver Harbour.
The flight then went out over the sea and the gulf islands in the Strait of Georgia, then along the coast of Vancouver Island to the float plane airport in Victoria.
Approach to Victoria Harbour was quite steep but landing was quite smooth followed by a long taxi to the dock.
The floatplane terminal to me felt like a quaint English fishing village.
Too hard to describe in words what we saw, so will let the pictures do the talking.
Kenmore Air DHC-3T N50KA.
West Coast Air DHC-6-100 C-FWTE.
West Coast Air DHC-6-100 C-GQKN.
Harbour Air DHC-3T C-FIUZ.
Harbour Air DHC-3T C-FJHA.
Harbour Air DHC-3T C-GHAG.
Harbour Air DHC-3T C-GHAR.
Harbour Air DHC-3T C-GHAZ.
We were only there for about two hours before the flight back to Vancouver.
DHC-3 Turbo Otter C-GLCP was what we flew back to Vancouver on. This one is still in the old yellow scheme.
The aircraft we flew over on going back.
Flight back was the same as the way over, this time we flew over quite a bit of the Vancouver suburbs.
Landing back in Vancouver Harbour was a little bumpier.
A few Other aircraft seen. Harbour Air DHC-3T C-GOPP.
Harbour Air DHC-3T C-GUTW.
Harbour Air DJC-3T C-GVNL.