Gulf Island Seaplanes, the only Indigenous seaplane flight operator has now expanded their flights, offering daily service from Vancouver Harbour in addition to their other main base at Gabriola Island.
The fleet landing into Vancouver Harbour includes two Beavers, carrying five passengers and a Caravan, with a capacity of nine passengers. The seaplanes are wrapped with artwork by Tom Spetter at Animikii, featuring a thunderbird, a lightning snake, and a face representing its passengers. The mountain peak in the company’s logo represents Stegyawden (Hagwilget Peak), a nod to the birthplace of co-founder, Alison Evans from Hagwilget Nation.
Allowing visitors a window seat on every flight, Gulf Island Seaplanes offers sightseeing tours ranging from 20 minutes to 45 minutes, flying around the city centre and mountain vistas. By spring 2023, visitors can also enjoy cultural scenic flights to learn more about the area’s rich history, resilience and culture.