Proudly Serving BC’s Coast for 40 Years

It’s hard to believe we’ve been flying on floats for four decades! From the big moments to the small, and everything in between, it’s been quite the journey to get to where we are today. Whether you’ve hopped aboard for a once-in-a-lifetime tour or a frequent commute, thank you for supporting our local airline. We are incredibly grateful to be your choice of trusted travel when connecting between coastal communities.  

What started in 1982 with two pilots, two seaplanes, and a dream to revolutionize the aviation industry has grown into one of the world’s largest all-seaplane airlines in the world, flying over 500,000 passengers a year. Over the past 40 years we’ve grown from a 2 to 40+ aircraft fleet, expanded to 14 scheduled locations (including the start of international service!), increased from 2 pilots to over 400 team members, and made history becoming the world’s first fully carbon neutral airline and launching the world’s first electric aircraft. 

Along the way showing support to the coastal communities who have chosen Harbour Air has remained a top priority. Each year we provide donations/support to more than 250 community events and non-profit organizations, and through our Share the Fare and Tour de Cure initiatives, we have raised over $1,725,000 to date for the BC Cancer Foundation.  

We’re proud to have served the coast for 40 years and look forward to soaring to new heights in the next 40 years!

A Look Back on the Past Four Decades

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity to learn, reflect and commit to taking action and becoming an ally to Indigenous Peoples year-round.  We are grateful to operate on the beautiful B.C. coast, home to 203 Indigenous communities offering vast authentic Indigenous experiences. We’ve put together a guide with some ways to support Indigenous businesses in some of the coastal communities we operate in. We encourage you to make connecting with the culture a priority on your next trip.  

Victoria  

In Victoria, we are honoured and grateful to be working, playing and operating on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen-speaking Coast Salish peoples, whose relationship with the land continues to shape our region.  There is an incredibly strong First Nations presence here from coast salish murals to historic totem poles.  

Enrich your understanding of Indigenous cultures and traditions with an Explore Songhees 7 Signs of the Lekwungen Walking or Canoe tour with a cultural guide before enjoying a traditional snack at their food cart. Take in beautiful Indigenous art and handcrafted pieces at one of several downtown shops including Leaf Modern Gallery, Sasquatch Trading or Mark Loria Gallery. 
 

Vancouver  

In Vancouver, we are honoured and grateful to be working, playing and operating on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, who descend from the larger cultural group the Coast Salish. 

Taste the traditional flavours at Vancouver’s only Indigenous owned and operated Salmon n’ Bannock Restaurant. Take in artwork that infuses Haida traditions with modern aesthetic at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. Experience authentic eco-tourism experiences in Stanley Park with a First Nations guide through Talaysay Tours. 
 

Comox 

In Comox, we are honoured and grateful to be working, playing and operating on the traditional territories of the K’òmoks First Nation, the Sathloot, Sasitla, leeksun, Puledge, Cha’chae, and Tat’poos Peoples. 

Experience an Indigenous coastal experience on a tour with West Coast Expeditions. View beautiful pieces of artwork and jewlery from over 100 artis of Haida, Kwakwaka’wakw, Coast Salish, and West Coast descent at the Spirits of the West Coast Art Gallery or browse stunning collections of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast artwork and crafts at I-Hos Gallery, owned by the K’omoks First Nations. 

 

Tofino  

In Tofino, we are honoured and grateful to be working, playing and operating on the traditional territories of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation of the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples. 

Stay beachside at the Best Western Tin Wis Resort owned by the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations. Take in beautiful artwork and cultural history at the Roy Henry Vickers Gallery or House of Himwitsa First Nations Art Gallery. Discover the wild of the Clayoquot Sound with Clayoquot Wild Tours offering hot springs, wildlife and fishing tours 

 

Powell River  

In Powell River, we are honoured and grateful to be working, playing and operating on the traditional territory of the Tla’amin Peoples. 

Accessible only by boat or seaplane, immerse yourself in an intimate authentic indigenous experience at the off-the-grid Klahoose Wilderness Resort. An all-inclusive eco-resort in the BC coastal wilderness of the Klahoose people, that offers an immersive exploration into the wilderness, cultural significance and wild-life viewing tours. 

Visit Indigenous Tourism BC to Learn More

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Harbour Air’s All-Electric Aircraft Operates First Point to Point Test Flight!

The Harbour Air ePlane team is excited to announce that the first direct all-electric point to point test flight has been completed. The historic De Havilland Beaver has been completely retrofitted in 2019 to operate using 100% electricity flew 45 miles in 24 minutes.  The aircraft left their terminal on the Fraser River adjacent to YVR and landed in Pat Bay adjacent to YYJ.  This is a major milestone in the advancement of all-electric commercial flights.

Take-off was at 0812 with ample reserve power upon landing at 0836.

“I am excited to report that this historic flight on the ePlane went exactly as planned” said Kory Paul, Harbour Air’s Vice President of Flight Operations and one of the company’s test Pilots. “Our team as well as the team at magniX and Transport Canada are always closely monitoring the aircraft’s performance and today’s flight further proved the safety and reliability of what we have built”.

The ePlane will stay in Victoria to support Harbour Air’s partnership with the BC Aviation Museum, who is hosting an Open House on Saturday August 20th from 10am until 4pm, before returning back to Harbour Air’s Aerospace Maintenance Facility at YVR.

For further information on this project, please follow Harbour Air’s Going Electric page at Harbour Air ePlane Updates

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We’re Supporting Tour de Cure, and You Can Too!

Harbour Air is proud to not only sponsor but be an active participant in BC Cancer Foundations Tour de Cure (formerly Ride to Conquer Cancer). Most recently, in 2019, our team of riders, generous partners, suppliers, passengers, and employees helped raise more than $500,000. And while we’ve made huge ‘rides’ forward, unfortunately, so too has this destructive disease.  

So, we’re upping our game and together with our team, setting a goal of $800,000

Since we’re looking to raise more, we know we need to do more. Our team ‘Blood, Sweat, and Cures’ consists of more than 50 riders made up of Harbour Air employees, Lymphoma Researchers, Lymphoma Cancer Survivors and instrumental BC Cancer Foundation Donors. Riders will participate in 50 km, 100 km, or 160 km rides together cycling 550 kms on August 27. We believe by doing this we can show you how important we believe the work that the BC Cancer Foundation is doing and why we need your help. More information about the Tour de Cure event can be found here.

Our Goal

Contribute to our teams goal of raising approximately $800,000 for the Centre for Lymphoid Cancer and leverage that through grants to as much as ten times.

These funds raised will be focused on:

  • Developing accurate diagnostic tools and new treatments 
  • Tapping into state-of-the-art genomics, models, and testing to characterize the biology of lymphoma 
  • Implementing biomarker tests to better guide treatment decisions 
  • Developing a world-class training program to attract and ensure the next generations of leaders

Want to Help?

A few ways you can be a part of this initiative are:  

  • Donating to our Team: Donations can be made via this page here. 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to our program and tax receipts are provided.  
  • Flying on Fridays! Leading up to the ride on August 27th, 100% of the funds raised through our Share the Fare Friday’s program will be going towards our team’s goal.  Our Share the Fare program donates $1 on behalf of every passenger, every Friday year-round, more information about this initiative can be found here.

We are very appreciative of your support as we take part in this 160 km cycle continuing our ongoing commitment to helping the BC Cancer Foundation in their efforts to find a cure for cancer.

About BC Cancer Foundation

The BC Cancer Foundation believes that together, BC CAN break down cancer.

We are the fundraising partner of BC Cancer. Every dollar we raise stays at BC Cancer to advance research and enhance care for the people of BC and beyond by connecting personalized care, innovative research and opportunities to contribute.

At the BC Cancer Foundation we believe that with your help, BC CAN make a difference in the lives of all British Columbians. We know that one in two people in our province will face cancer in their lifetime and we’re igniting progress to break down cancer, piece by piece, in the labs and clinics. For more information, please visit bccancerfoundation.com

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Okanagan Summer Sun Here We Come: Kelowna Flights Return July 9

You asked, we listened. Okanagan summer sun here we come!  Starting July 9th, for a limited time only, direct flights between downtown Vancouver and Kelowna will return. Sit back and relax with one-hour flights connecting directly to where you need to be. No line-ups. No hassles. All fun.  

This seasonal service will feature one round-trip flight twice a week (Saturday & Tuesday) between July 9 and September 6. Flights from Harbour Air’s flagship terminal in Coal Harbour will land at Eldorado Resort’s marina, in front of the Mateo Hotel, centrally located just 5 km south of Kelowna’s City Centre.  

Flight Schedule (Saturday & Tuesday): 

Vancouver to Kelowna  Kelowna to Vancouver 
11:00 am – 12:00 pm  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

Fly, stay and play in the Okanagan Sun. We’ve partnered with Eldorado Resort to make your summer trip planning to Kelowna a breeze, combining air travel and accommodation at the Eldorado Resort with select rooms set aside for this special deal. Disembark your aircraft right onto the dock at Eldorado Resort & Marina, and enjoy comfortable guest rooms, award winning culinary experiences and countless adventures at your doorstep. View package deal.

Of course, we’re always here to talk so if you need more information or have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly reservations agents at 1.800.665.0212 or click here to book now! 

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Celebrating Pride from Coast to Coast

Pride Month is in full swing and we’re celebrating the power of love and all that makes us unique and brings us together. Every day we are proud to celebrate our 2SLGBTQAI+ friends, family, co-workers, partners and all the passengers we haven’t had the chance to meet yet. We stand together and celebrate diversity, inclusion, and most of all, love.  

Many non-profit pride societies and social community groups across the coast are working hard to facilitate opportunities for visibility, ongoing conversations and celebration. The goal of this guide is to amplify those voices and share how to get involved in pride celebrations and conversations within your community. 

Victoria  

We are proud to be partners of Victoria Pride 2022. Victoria Pride is a not-for-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to supporting Greater Victoria’s 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.. Victoria Pride Week runs June 23 – July 2, with a number of signature Victoria Pride Festival events taking place throughout the week, including the 2SLGBTQ+ Youth Pride Kick-Off, the Big Gay Dog Walk and Memorial Drag Ball Game. 

The Pride Parade returns June 26 with a multi-faceted queer-themed festival after the parade. The VPS also has a directory of local 2SLGBTQIA+ owned businesses to show your support

Downtown Vancouver  

Vancouver Pride Society produces inclusive, celebratory events and advocates for the 2SLGBTQAI+ communities. There are a number of upcoming pride events, with the 44th Annual Pride Parade set to take place on July 31. This year’s theme ‘Together Again’ represents the first festival since 2019.  

Vancouver Pride Society also has a directory of LGTBQAI2S+ owned and BIPOC owned businesses to show your support. 

Comox  

Pride Society of the Comox Valley hosts annual events including Pride in the Park and Pride Dance fundraisers. Please note 2022 events have not been confirmed yet.   

Queer Culture is a family run business, producing events for All Humans. Upcoming events in the Comox Valley include Cabaret-A Good Old Fashioned Drag Show on June 18 and Variety of Pride Show on July 23 with all proceeds going to the Queer Culture Bursary. 

Sechelt  

The Sunshine Coast Pride Dance Committee is made up of a group of LGBTQ volunteers. A Pride March and Festival was hosted June 5th, with various upcoming events to celebrate Pride Month including Pride Drag Cabaret, Drag Queen Storytime and Youth Pride Dance. 

 The Sechelt Downtown Business Association is hosting a pride parade in Sechelt on June 18

Seattle  

Seattle Pride coordinates advocacy and allyship efforts year-round to promote diversity and inclusivity—and to call our community to action. The official Seattle Pride Guide Magazine can be seen here, which includes the return of the Seattle Pride Festival on June 26. 

Nanaimo  

The Nanaimo Pride Festival is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing a series of safe and inclusive events. Upcoming events include Youth Prom, Queer as Funk, the Nanaimo Pride Festival occurred June 12

Whistler  

Whistler’s largest pride celebration takes place in the winter, hosting one of the largest queer-focused ski weeks in the world. Now in its 30th year, the Whistler Pride & Ski Festival is set to take place January 22-29, 2023.  

Salt Spring Island  

Diverse and Inclusive Salt Spring Island (DAISSI) is a group of LGBTQ and allies supporting the pride community and are organizers of “Pride All Year” hosting a series of pride events throughout the year. Upcoming events include Picnic and Play and the Queer Dog Walk.

Powell River  

Qathet Pride Society hosts a number of pride events for the Qathet Regional District and City of Powell River. 2022 Pride week is Aug 8 – 14, with event announcements upcoming. 

Maple Bay  

Cowichan Pride Society is a social and community group of LGBTQ2S+ people and allies in the Cowichan Valley. Please note 2022 events have not been confirmed yet. 

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Harbour Achieves Canada’s Best Managed Companies Platinum Club Designation for Seventh Consecutive Year

Harbour Air is honoured to be named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the 13th overall year. This also marks the company’s seventh consecutive year maintaining the prestigious status as a Platinum Club Member. The award program recognizes overall business performance and winners are amongst the best-in-class of Canadian-owned and managed companies. Harbour Air was recognized thanks to its continued dedication to innovation, strategy, sustainability, culture and industry leadership.  

“To be recognize and celebrated for the quality of our team and service is an incredible honour” said Randy Wright, Harbour Air President. “One of our core principles is to create a meaningful impact in people’s lives. Our growth and success is in large part contributed to our outstanding team committed to delivering on that promise every single day.”  

Now in its 29th year, Canada’s Best Managed Companies remains one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel comprised of representatives from program sponsors in addition to special guest judges. 2022 Best Managed companies share commonalities that include (but are not limited to) putting their people and culture at the forefront, focusing on their ESG strategies, and doubling down on accelerated digitization. 

“This year’s Best Managed winners displayed courage, resourcefulness, and creativity as they explored new avenues for advancement,” said Lorrie King, Partner, Deloitte Private and Co-Leader Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program “We’re extremely proud to recognize their impressive achievements in such a rapidly changing business world. Their successes demonstrate the importance of strong leadership and forethought in driving long-term growth.” 

2022 winners of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies award will be honoured at galas across the country. The Best Managed virtual symposium will address leading-edge business issues that are key to the success of today’s business leaders. The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte Private, CIBC, The Globe and Mail, Salesforce, and TMX Group. 

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Fly Between Seattle and Vancouver In Under An Hour

It’s been a long wait, and now it’s time for a long-awaited reunion across the border! We are excited to see the return of our Seattle to downtown Vancouver seaplane service, with scheduled flights now resumed. This route features daily flights departing both downtown Vancouver and Lake Union, located just minutes from downtown Seattle. 

Connecting downtown-to-downtown in under one hour allows passengers to travel quickly, easily, and conveniently between Seattle and Vancouver, saving hours in driving and traditional airport travel time. Border control will be available upon landing for efficient processing, allowing travellers to maximize their time across the border.  

Our downtown Vancouver terminal is located in Coal Harbour right along Vancouver’s iconic seawall, and just steps from Canada Place, the Vancouver Convention Centre and the downtown core. More info including maps, hours and amenities can be seen here. Our Seattle terminal, shared with Kenmore Air, is situated at the south end of Lake Union, and provides a central destination for exploring the city. More info including maps, hours and amenities can be seen here. 

DAILY FLIGHT SCHEDULE

Monday to Friday 

Departure LocationScheduled Flight TimesFlight Time
Downtown Vancouver7:25 am, 1:55 pm55 min
Seattle8:50 am, 3:20 pm55 min

Saturday & Sunday 

Departure LocationScheduled Flight TimesFlight Time
Downtown Vancouver8:25 am55 min
Seattle9:50 am55 min

 

To celebrate the return of a Pacific Northwest Favourite, enjoy great savings with seats starting at $256 between downtown Vancouver and Seattle.

Of course, we’re always here to talk so if you need more information or have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly reservations agents at 1.800.665.0212 or click here to book now! 

Please be aware of the latest COVID-19 requirements for international travel, you can check for the most up-to-date requirements on the CDC website here.

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Fuel Surcharge Notice

Due to the ongoing surge in fuel prices, Harbour Air will be implementing a fuel surcharge on all fares effective Monday, March 28. Please rest assured this is a temporary measure being implemented to cover operational costs. 

This surcharge will apply to all new bookings including confirmed travel, and standby travel. Additionally, any new purchases of pre-paid quick tickets, and on-account quick tickets will include a Fuel Surcharge on the base fare. 

Although Harbour Air continues to work hard to reduce its consumption of fuels, the intention of having this charge as a separate expense is to ensure that when fuel prices return to baseline, it can be eliminated.  Thank you for your understanding and continued support. 

Terms and Conditions 

  • Fuel surcharges will only be applied to flights booked on March 28th onwards 
  • Any pre-existing reservation (booked prior to March 28th), that changes on or after March 28th will be subject to the new fuel surcharge  
  • This surcharge will be evaluated regularly and may be adjusted to align with any changes in fuel prices
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Spring Savings

Spring Savings to Adventure Destinations

You have lots of places to be, things to do and people to see this summer. We have planes, pilots, and plenty of solutions to make it all happen! To help you explore more of the best of coastal B.C., we are offering some of our very best fares on our seasonal Tofino, Sechelt, and Powell River Routes. For a limited time (and limited seats), save up to 30% off when you plan ahead. 

TofinoLand of pristine beaches, endless surf, and the best and freshest west-coast fare, Tofino is a dream destination for both locals and travelers around the globe (it’s no wonder it recently ranked in the top 10 of Canada’s 50 Most Loved Destinations). Put on your best walking shoes and head to Long Beach for 16 km of endless ocean bliss. Then head to the forest and see some of the oldest trees in Canada while walking on a beautiful boardwalk through the Rainforest Trail. 

The ocean beckons…nothing says experiencing Tofino like a local then hitting the waves with a board. If your skills don’t quite match that of the pros, it’s time to head to school (that’s surf school of course). Local surf shops such as Tofino Surf School, Pacific Surf School and Surf Sister offer lessons for all skill levels.  If surfing isn’t your thing, you can still make a splash! Explore the calm inlet waters of Clayoquot Sound by booking a whale watching or bear watching experience with Tofino Resort & Marina.  

Once you’ve worked up a hunger, there’s no shortage of equally trendy and tasty spots. Finer dining restaurants like The Wolf and the Fog and 1909 kitchen offer up mouth-watering tastes of the west-coast. If you’re after a quick bite to continue taking in the sights, grab a bowl from Shed or famous fish taco from Tacofino, and head back to the beach to take in a jaw-dropping sunset.  

For a limited time enjoy one-way fares between Victoria Harbour-Tofino starting at $149. 

Home to breathtaking mountains, crystal blue lakes and nature at every turn, a trip to Whistler is this summer’s ultimate lift ticket. The mountain village with a vibe, within moments of arriving in Whistler Village prepare to be immersed in the West Coast alpine culture. Packed into the pedestrian-only streets of the village are dozens of trendy shops, restaurants, and bars, all with a beautiful mountain backdrop of course!

No trip to Whistler is complete, without soaking up the nature outdoors! Hiking in the Whistler valley is a must, with ancient glaciers, alpine lakes, wildflower-filled meadows, and an expansive network of trails for all skill levels! For a family-friendly favorite, try the 5 km Lost Lake Hike. To opt for a more adrenaline-racing experience, head to ZipTrek Eco Tours and experience the longest zipline in North America with over 2km of spectacular views at 7,000 feet.

To get even higher, hop aboard our Alpine Lake Landing Tour for a true bucket-list experience! Take in jutting alpine peaks and hanging blue glaciers from above, before landing on a remote alpine lake. Could we dream of a better picnic spot?

For a limited time enjoy one-way fares between Victoria Harbour-Whistler starting at $218 one-way on select flights

For a limited time enjoy one-way fares between downtown Vancouver-Whistler starting at $163 one-way on select flights for travel in May

Sechelt 

A quaint waterfront gem with laid-back charm, the seaside town of Sechelt is the perfect spot for a coastal getaway. Home to plenty of local shops, cafes and restaurants – a visit to Cowrie Street is in order, the perfect place to pick up one-of-a kind jewellery, vintage finds and craft lattes alike. To fully embrace the arts scene, head out on the Sunshine Coast’s Purple Banner Tour, a self-directed studio and gallery tour, with 11 stops in Sechelt. 

With 35 kms of shoreline, lush trees and mountain vistas, there are no shortage of outdoor explorations to be had. Stop at the Basting Baker, a foodie favourite, with gourmet coffees and delicious baked goods and take your sweet treats to Davis Bay Beach to take in the salty air and seaside sights (Tip: the sunset views here are remarkable to say the least). Located just outside of Sechelt, Chapman Falls or Burnett Falls are two beautiful hikes with impressive waterfall views. 

For a limited time, enjoy one-way fares between Downtown Vancouver-Sechelt starting at $84 

The perfect stop to embrace coastal bliss, Powell River is an adventurer’s paradise home to endless outdoor explorations, historic culture and eclectic cafes and restaurants. While the town of Powell River has plenty to explore, it also acts as a terrific gateway to exploring other Northern Coastal towns and the beautiful Discovery Islands. 

Experience marine life and head out onto the waters with Powell River Kayaking, a must-do item is one of their tours into Desolation Sound. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, after a long day of paddling stay at the Cabana Desolation Eco-Resort, their all-inclusive eco resort located in the heart of Desolation Sound. 

Home to endless hiking trails for every level, a family favorite is the Willingdon Beach Trail which tells the tales of the history of Powell River through an array of interesting logging artifacts and info-boards along the walk. For avid hikers, a bucket-list item is The Sunshine Coast Trail, the longest hut-to-hut hiking route in Canada with 180 km of pure wilderness bliss. 

A full day of adventure deserves a proper send-off. For those who enjoy brews, no visit to Powell River is complete without a stop at Townsite Brewing (They won the first annual best brewery experience award, and for good reason!). Located in a federal building rich with history and with a Belgian Brewmaster at the helms, a flight or a pint is never a bad choice. Cheers to that. 

For travel during the month of March, enjoy one-way fares between Downtown Vancouver – Powell River starting at $99. 

There’s no place like the west coast of B.C.! No matter the type of travel you’re looking for, you’re bound to find a memorable adventure while you’re here. For a limited time take advantage of our seasonal route relaunch offers, the only question you will find yourself asking is where to next? 

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