While you might associate Whistler with snow sports and mountain biking, it’s actually the perfect take off point to embark on all kinds of different adventures. With warmer weather on the horizon, we’re gearing up for another glorious seaplane summer in Whistler, BC. Our spectacular waterfront dock and terminal is located 3 km north of Whistler Village on the picturesque emerald coloured Green Lake. This alpine gem is a convenient jumping point for your next bucket-list adventure! Whether you’re itching to hit the putting green, obsessively checking the surf cams or eager to escape into the wilderness, we have a private flight destination to match your adventure style. When the time is right, make the most of your summer!
Hang-10 in Best of the West:
Whistler to Tofino – one hour + 45 minute flight
Surf the clouds of the west coast and go from snow-peaked mountain ranges to vast sandy coastlines in just over an hour by seaplane! Home to quiet inlets, old growth forests and rolling waves. Tofino celebrates its acclaimed food scene, rich arts and culture, and is a favourite destination for BC locals. With 35 kilometers of stunning beaches and exposed coast, surfers from around the world come to experience Vancouver Island’s little slice of west coast paradise. Come as you are! You don’t have to be an expert to chase these coastal mavericks. Surfers of all skill levels are welcome to paddle at their own pace and with the help of experienced locally owned surf schools your bound to pick up a few tips and tricks to hand-ten with your crew! Learn from the best of the west and swing by Canada’s best known surf school – Surf Sister. They aim to get you stoked on the sport and give confidence to each rider who paddles through their school! Look for the hot pink Volkswagen Beetle out front and get ready to drop-in to a weekend of west coast adventure! Tofino’s beautifully wild and untamed nature speaks to the soul while renewing your spirit and allowing a disconnect from the real world.
From Floats to Boats:
*Whistler to Sonora Resort – one hour + ten minute flight
Tucked away in the pristine paradise on British Columbia’s passage lies a remote coastal oasis. Sonora Resort is accessible only by water or a quick flight on two floats. You’ll be putting your line in the water and reeling a weekend full of adventures in over an hour. Go wild! The abundance of untouched wilderness provides more than just a picturesque backdrop, it’s begging to be explored. Experience the tale of a lifetime with a Guided Salmon Fishing Charter – designed for relaxation, adventure and success. Board a 22 to 25 foot cruiser fully stocked with top notch fishing tackle, safety equipment, beverages and a gourmet picnic lunch prepared by the Sonora chefs to fuel your day! Reel in the big one? Their experienced team will prepare your catch and arrange safe transportation for you to share with (and brag to) your friends back home! Fishing not your bait? Check out their Ocean Kayaking Excursions, Grizzly Bear Tours or Heli-Adventures! You’ll feel miles away from the home office because at Sonora Resort, the only unexpected visitors is the abundance of wildlife.
Whistler’s Fairway to Heaven
Whistler scenic tour times vary.
Take a swing at golf! Nestled at the base of the breathtaking Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, and along the shoreline of the fresh glacial-fed Green Lake, lies the world-renowned Nicklaus North Golf Course. With well-manicured greens and environmentally conscious fairways this course is worth waiting all winter for. Kickoff the first tee of the season with a celebratory scenic flight departing from the neighbouring Green Lake and get a peek of this acclaimed course with your golf crew! Post-game eats can be enjoyed at Table Nineteen Restaurant where you can catch views of Green Lake and watch our Harbour Air seaplanes takeoff. For cooler evenings, snuggle up fireside and take in the beautiful views of Nicklaus North.
Explore the Great Outdoors!
*Whistler to Phantom Lake – 25 minute flight
Phantom Lake – A remote wilderness hideaway that can only be accessed by floatplane four months of the year. And, this breathtaking turquoise paradise is nestled among old-growth rainforest and is true hidden west coast gem! Take your annual camping trip with the crew to new heights and kick it off with a breathtaking private chartered flight! Hop aboard and experience the gateway to BC’s backcountry. Save your strength for the summit and fly in all your supplies needed for a weekend of adventure! Ready to come home? We’ve got your ticket from your little pocket of paradise. Remember, be safe and adventure smart. Not ready to brave the elements of nature overnight? Book our Alpine Lake Landing Tour for a stopover at one of Whistlers hidden spots or choose your own adventure and customize your day with a private charter tour!
Two Floats to Two Wheels:
*Whistler to Spruce Lake – 45 minute flight
North of Pemberton BC lies 56,796 hectares of the provinces best single-track mountain biking trails – a true trail riders nirvana. The South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park boasts broad valleys, rugged ridgelines, alpine meadows, grasslands, and lush forests that offer a cornucopia of bikeable terrain. The sheer vastness and isolation are what attracts thrill-seekers and mountain goes across the province! South Chilcotin Park is mountain biker’s heaven with trails ranging in difficulty for intermediate and advanced riders. Your two-wheeled adventure begins at the Harbour Air dock on Green Lake! Board your flight with your metal steed and your closest crew for an epic day of riding in the Pacific North West. Don’t forget your helmet! Get a sneak peek of the terrain as your soar over the South Chilcotin Mountains and enjoy a smooth landing on the pristine Spruce Lake. Unload, gear up, and get pedaling! Looking to spend the night? There are several campsites and lodges near Tyaughton Lake in addition to camping on Spruce, Warner and Lorna Lakes.
Photos Provided by: Destination British Columbia (@helloBC)
*Flight times posted are based on our Beaver aircraft during optimal flying weather*