Vancouver Island Air & helicopter tours

Our most recommended Vancouver Island, British Columbia Air & helicopter tours

Victoria Panoramic Seaplane Tour

1. Victoria Panoramic Seaplane Tour

Fly high above scenic Victoria BC and explore its beautiful scenery by seaplane. This thrill-a-minute tour will reveal a spectacular landscape and unforgettable aerial views. The Panoramic Seaplane Tour of Victoria will glide over the Olympic Mountains and along the Victoria waterfront to the white sand beaches of James and Sydney Islands. From here the tour heads north to the Saanich Peninsular and over the famous Butchart Gardens before returning back to Victoria Harbor. It is an experience not to be missed, especially if time is limited in Victoria and the photo opportunities just cannot be bettered. A fantastic day out for aviation lovers.

Victoria: Extended Panoramic Tour by Seaplane

2. Victoria: Extended Panoramic Tour by Seaplane

Experience exhilarating views over the rugged coastline of Victoria. Guests should meet at the Vancouver Seaplane Terminal, Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre for this half-hour tour. This is the most popular tour from Victoria Harbour for a reason. The perfect introduction to seaplane aviation, enjoy 30 minutes of adrenaline pumping views of downtown Victoria, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. A real highlight of the ride is the dramatic water spray during take-off and landing. Remember to bring a camera! Harbour Air and Westcoast Air operate the largest seaplane fleet in the world with over 50 planes. Relax in the company of your expertly trained guide and fly sky high. Experience Victoria the alternative way. At the end of the tour you will be driven back to your hotel by shuttle bus.

From Vancouver: Victoria Whale Watching Adventure

3. From Vancouver: Victoria Whale Watching Adventure

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see killer whales with your own eyes! Become a real explorer on this full day air safari including a 3-hour whale-watching trip. Guests meet at the Vancouver Seaplane Terminal. From here you will fly from Vancouver Harbor to Victoria. This is an opportunity to see the mesmerizing views of the Gulf Islands from above. With over 50 aircrafts, Harbor Air Seaplanes operate the largest all-seaplane fleet in the world. Guest will take part in a unique whale watching expedition from Victoria's Inner Harbour. Led by expert guides, you will learn about this ecologically diverse area and the whales that inhabit it. See these magnificent creatures in their own waters. This is an experience that no aquarium can provide. You can also spot seals, birds and the spectacular vistas of Southern Vancouver Island. Don’t forget to bring a camera!

From Vancouver: Tofino Round-Trip Seaplane Experience

4. From Vancouver: Tofino Round-Trip Seaplane Experience

Discover the West Coast of Vancouver Island with this round-trip seaplane flight to Tofino. Depart from the harbor in Vancouver and take in the scenery as you cross the Strait of Georgia to reach Tofino – a world-famous surf destination. Admire the beauty of this coastline as you fly over the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Briefly touch down in Tofino’s picturesque harbor before returning to downtown Vancouver.

From Vancouver: Victoria Tour by Helicopter and Seaplane

5. From Vancouver: Victoria Tour by Helicopter and Seaplane

Victoria is popular for the charm it exudes, manicured gardens, and friendly Canadians. If you are in Vancouver and your time to visit Victoria is limited, this quick downtown-to-downtown air service is a perfect choice. Begin with pickup from your accommodation in Vancouver. Then be transported to the helipad for your flight Take the spectacular helicopter ride over the Gulf Islands to Victoria. You will have about 6.5 hours of your own time to explore this very walkable city before a seaplane takes you back to Vancouver, where you will arrive in the early afternoon.

From Vancouver: Whale Watching and Victoria Trip by Seaplane

6. From Vancouver: Whale Watching and Victoria Trip by Seaplane

Discover the picturesque and popular old town Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, on this all-day tour from Vancouver. Enjoy a spectacular seaplane ride through the scenic Gulf Islands headed to Victoria, one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy 3 hours of whale watching adventure and your own hours visiting some of Victoria's most popular points of interest. This tour includes all transportation, pick-up from your hotel, private residence or Airbnb in Vancouver. Return by seaplane arrives at downtown Vancouver. Sample Itinerary 7:00 am - Meet your driver at your place 8:30 am – Meet your pilot and depart on a seaplane to Victoria 9:30 am – Arrive for check-in at Orca Spirit Adventures 10:00 am – Embark on a three-hour whale-watching tour by boat 1:00 pm – After your whale watching tour, enjoy free time exploring downtown Victoria. Recommendations will be provided. 4:30 pm – Return to the seaplane terminal to check in for your return flight to Vancouver 5:05 pm - The driver will meet you at the arriving gate and bring you back to your accommodation. Upon your request, you can adjust your return flight to Vancouver by 6 pm flight.

Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Seaplane

7. Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Seaplane

Combine adventure and culture on this unique day trip to Victoria and the famous Butchart Gardens. Leaving from Vancouver in the morning, you will be picked-up from your hotel and taken for a thrilling journey in a seaplane over the fascinating islands of the Canadian Pacific coast. Land in Victoria city center at around 9:00 AM, giving you plenty of your own time to stroll the streets and admire the quirky English style. Depends on your choice of shuttle time, you'll be driven to the world-famous Butchart Gardens by a scheduled shuttle bus. Once there, you'll have about 2 hours to admire the flowers and other plant life in these impressive gardens. An excellent live commentary will be performed on the bus by a guide driver. Travel back to Vancouver in a comfortable, take a seaplane departs at 5 or 6 PM. Arrive back at your hotel in Vancouver at around 6 or 7 PM.

Frequently asked questions about Vancouver Island

What top attractions are a must-see in Vancouver Island?

Other Sightseeing Options in Vancouver Island

Want to discover all there is to do in Vancouver Island? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Vancouver Island

The views from this flight were excellent and memorable. Everyone eventually gets amazing views of the city (either when going or coming), the windows are clear and large, and we even saw whales. Lots of oohs and ahhs. The only thing missing is a map up front with a GPS marker showing where we are during the flight. I used my phone.

My husband had always wanted to fly on a seaplane . I took advantage of the ability to do so at Victoria. It was great! We really enjoyed it !

It was very amazing me and my family enjoyed we can feel the nature of beauty very closely .

Very well organized and we actually saw whales several times.

It was a very memorable day , would highly recommend it ☺️