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From next-flight to next-day, ship your documents, parcels, gifts and more across B.C. with ease. Our parcel express services offers three fast, convenient shipping solutions to over 10 B.C. destinations including downtown Vancouver, Richmond (YVR South), Victoria, Nanaimo, Salt Spring Island, Sechelt, Maple Bay, Powell River, Comox (seasonal), Tofino (seasonal), and Whistler (seasonal).
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Discover affordable adventure with our lowest fares of the season! Head on a tranquil getaway to take in the changing landscapes as fall flourishes across the coast or cozy up on a quaint getaway and escape the winter chill.
Valid for travel November 1 through December 31, on select flights Saturday through Monday. With limited quantities available, these fares won’t last long! Book now and fly for less.
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- For travel on select flights Saturday through Monday, November 1 – December 31, 2023
- Fares are valid until December 31, 2023 (11:59 p.m. PDT) or while seats remain available for booking on selected flights and travel dates
- Prices displayed above are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is made and accepted
- Seats at this fare are limited and may not be available on all flights and all dates
- Valid on Light Fares. Fares are non-refundable and non-changeable. A full list of fare terms and conditions can be viewed here
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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 2022, our team of riders, generous partners, suppliers, passengers, and employees were the #1 fundraising team helping raise $675,000. 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 $1,000,000.
Our team ‘Blood, Sweat, and Cures’ consists of more than 50 riders including Harbour Air employees, Lymphoma Researchers, Lymphoma Cancer Survivors, Instrumental BC Cancer Foundation Donors, and Anthem Properties employees. Riders will participate in 50 km, 100 km, or 160 km rides together cycling 550 kms during a two-day event August 26th & 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.
Contribute to our teams goal of raising approximately $1,000,000 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?
Fly on Fridays! Leading up to the two-day ride on August 26th and 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. Plus, you can help make a difference with a Share the Fare donation of your own on any flight, any day. Ask us how!
We are very appreciative of your support as we take part in this cycle continuing our ongoing commitment to helping the BC Cancer Foundation in their efforts to find a cure for cancer.
More information about Tour de Cure can be found here.
As we celebrate Earth Month, we are thrilled to be taking off on a Spring ePlane Tour to Downtown Vancouver, Salt Spring Island, and Victoria, giving you a chance to get up close and personal with the future of sustainable flight.
April 22: Earth Day at Downtown Vancouver | 1055 Canada Place
Join us at Harbour Air’s Coal Harbour terminal as the ePlane makes its first public appearance in downtown Vancouver for Earth Day. The ePlane will be viewable from the Seawall.
May 5-6: Electrify on Salt Spring Island | 115 Fulford-Ganges Road
Harbour Air is thrilled to be participating in Electrify Salt Spring, a month-long program bringing experts on electrification and renewable technologies together. On May 5, the ePlane will make its first visit to the Gulf Islands, marking the first time the prototype plane will land on a scheduled flight route, from Richmond South to Salt Spring Island.
Join us on May 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ganges Harbour Airport to learn more about the future of zero-emissions air flight and take a closer look at the ePlane. Members of Harbour Air’s ePlane team will be on site to answer any burning questions, and of course our all-electric deHavilland Beaver will be on display.
We will also be participating in The Electrifying Issues for Salt Spring and BC panel on May 6 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Gulf Islands Secondary School Multipurpose Room. More info about this panel can be seen here.
May 7-8: Victoria Harbour | 950 Wharf Street
Join us as the ePlane makes its first appearance in Victoria Harbour! The ePlane will be arriving on Sunday, May 7th, subject to suitable weather conditions, and will be viewable from the harbour.
On Monday May 8th between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you’ll be able to learn about the future of sustainable flight from Harbour Air’s ePlane team, as well as take a closer look at the ePlane from the docks. The Flying Otter will be open and taking part in the festivities!
*Please note all events are weather dependent, stay tuned to our social media for the latest updates.
Happy Earth Day! It has been quite a while since we provided an update on our electric journey, mostly because our team has been focused on navigating the ever-changing path to certification for an all-electric aircraft. When we last posted, we had just completed our first point-to-point flight.
Since that amazing day, there have been many twists and turns on our path to certification. As we attempt to take the path never traveled before, overcoming challenges is very common in the commercialization and certification of new and novel technologies. Nonetheless, we are committed to realizing our goal of becoming an electric commercial air operator.
Over the past few months, certifying the installation of components into an aircraft where no certification path exists has been difficult. Adding to the challenge has been using novel engine and battery technology. Incorporating the elements of software and electronic control systems makes it increasingly difficult. The result? Despite everyone’s best efforts there are significant delays in the program that have recently come to light. Part of the delay in our updates has been due to us trying to understand the issues that have arisen, and the resulting consequences to the program.
Fundamentally, the technology has been outpacing the regulators. When this happens there is a risk that the regulators come to a different conclusion or interpretation. One such situation occurred when an assumption was made throughout the industry that an electric engine is equivalent to a reciprocating engine when it comes to system safety analysis and single fault tolerance to a loss of power control (LOPC). However, we since learned that the regulators will require a system safety analysis for a single electric engine installation to meet the reliability requirements, and that it must be single fault tolerant to an LOPC event. Additionally, the regulators will also be issuing a definition of what LOPC means for an electric engine later this month, as it will be different than that of an internal combustion engine.
So, what does that all mean? Considering the regulators have spent a year determining how LOPC applies to an electric engine, the result means that many companies working in this sector are revisiting their architecture to meet this requirement. Furthermore, given the ongoing supply chain issues with electronic components, changing what was thought to be a frozen design, comes with significant delays.
The next steps for the eBeaver:
- We are changing from the magni350 electric propulsion unit to the magni650 electric propulsion unit for ePlane 2.0. This will allow us to meet the LOPC requirements at the aircraft level.
- The entire engine and energy storage system installation is being evaluated to meet the higher reliability requirements.
- Our ground running certification prototype will be built early next year.
- ePlane 2.0 will likely fly later next year.
- The regulators do not expect to achieve harmonization on the battery requirements until late 2024, which means certification of battery components will occur in 2025.
- Certification of the magni650 is expected in mid 2025, which means certification for the installation on the eBeaver will fall after that date.
In the meantime, ePlane 1.0 will continue to fly and provide valuable data for the team on the effects on flight handling qualities and operational considerations. The importance of this prototype cannot be understated, as the lessons learned from this aircraft will allow us to design and build a superior product that meets certification requirements.
With over 70 test flights performed and crucial data gained, we’ve developed a better understanding of the behaviour, advantages, and limitations of a fully electric system, allowing us to determine certification compliance items. From this data we can understand our performance targets, decreasing the risk of validation flight testing later in the program.
The more we can run this system and gather data, the more we can predict behaviour. We’re also able to provide feedback to our partners, to help inform their design decisions moving forward.
We are buzzing to share that ePlane 1.0 is taking off on a Spring ePlane Tour celebrating Earth Day! Starting with its first trip to downtown Vancouver for Earth day, April 22nd, followed by a stop on Salt Spring Island May 5-6 to participate in Electrify Salt Spring, and onward to Victoria Harbour on May 7-8, subject to suitable weather conditions. More details about these events can be viewed here.
Sign up to our ePlane updates to be the first to know, and stay tuned to our social media and website for further information on how you can participate in these events! We can’t wait to see you there!
Until next time…
Harbour Air’s ePlane Team
We know that a huge part of our success is because of the beauty of the West Coast experience we offer – an experience that we want to protect and support for generations to come. It’s why we are so strongly committed to being an industry leader on sustainable initiatives.
In 2007, we became the world’s first fully carbon neutral airline(1), and established our ongoing commitment to being carbon neutral. To date we have offset over 167,000 tonnes CO2e, that’s the equivalent of removing over 36,000 gas– powered cars from the road for a year! We are also committed to making real emission reductions through managing fleet renewals, guiding flight operations, and optimizing air traffic, routes and scheduling. In doing so, we have reduced our emissions per revenue dollar by 23% to date.
For our unavoidable emissions, we support four carefully selected carbon offset projects to ensure that we are truly mitigating our climate impact. They are each third-party verified to ensure that they have a real climate benefit, and that benefit would not have occurred without carbon offsets. When you fly with Harbour Air, you can feel good flying.
Offset Projects We Support
The Great Bear Forest Carbon Project
An ecological treasure in Haida Gwaii, B.C., the Great Bear Rainforest is home to the world’s largest remaining intact coastal temperate rainforest. It is the first carbon project in North America on traditional territory with unextinguished Aboriginal rights and Title, returning ownership to stewards of the land.
When you fly with Harbour Air, you are contributing to the protection of over 7,000,000 hectares of forest from harvesting, road building, and other forestry operations.
Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project
Located in B.C.’s interior wet belt, the Darkwoods Forest is part of a network of interconnected habitats to form a contiguous wilderness area of 103,000 hectares. It is home to some of the highest tree diversity in the province, abundant streams and rivers, and the last remaining stands of interior temperate rainforest.
When you fly with Harbour Air, you are contributing to the conservation efforts for diverse ecosystems and important species such as the mountain caribou, grizzly bears, and migrating birds.
Photo Credit: Bruce Kirby
Brazil Wind Project
This project consists of the implementation and operation of a variety of wind power plants in Brazil that otherwise would have been sourced through the combustion of fossil fuels. The estimated total GHG emissions reduction for the lifetime of this project is over 4 million tCO2e. This is the equivalent of preventing the emissions from over 10 natural gas-fired powered plants for a year.
When you fly with Harbour Air, you are contributing to help fund clean and renewable energy projects to increase sustainability efforts in Brazil.
Heqing Solar Cooker Project II
Located in Zhangye, an underdeveloped region in Northwestern China, this project involves the installation of solar cookers to mitigate GHG emissions, improve living conditions, and improve indoor air quality and hygiene for residents. The estimated GHG emissions reductions is 143,750 tCO2e annually.
When you fly with Harbour Air you are contributing to subsidizing the installation of 49,000 solar cookers for local communities in need of better infrastructure.
Harbour Air supports high-quality offset projects that are third-party verified to ensure the reductions are real and permanent and that they would not have occurred without funding from carbon offsets. To learn more about the carbon offsets that we support and the standards that they meet, visit Ostrom Climate’s website here.
1Carbon emissions are offset for all fuel, electricity, business flights on third-party airlines, paper, email and internet use, as well as employee emissions from commuting and working from home.
Everybody wants to get there, no one wants to drive there! Let us help! Make travelling to/from Tofino a highlight of your trip with our scenic flights offering jaw-dropping views of the Clayoquot Sound and Pacific Rim National Park.
Up to three daily flights between downtown Vancouver and Tofino have now returned, getting you over the traffic in under one hour! And now we’re adding even more ways to connect between Tofino and B.C.’s Coast. Starting June 2, daily flights between Tofino and Richmond (YVR South) begin, with connections available from Victoria.
Daily complimentary shuttle service is offered between our Richmond terminal and YVR Airport, providing convenient access for Tofino globe-trotters and for international travelers connecting to Tofino.
Pick-up/drop-off in Tofino is located in the heart of Tofino Harbour at the Tofino Resort & Marina Adventure Centre, just minutes from village of Tofino. More info including maps and hours can be seen here.
Richmond (YVR South)/Tofino Flight Schedule
|Richmond to Tofino||Tofino to Richmond|
|4:00 PM - 5:00 PM||1:30 PM - 2:30 PM|
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!
Dear Valued Harbour Air Guests,
We hope you all enjoyed the Holiday Season and are as excited to welcome 2023 as much as we all are. As it is the start of a new year, we wanted to update all our loyal travellers on the success of our 2022 Share the Fare Program. As you may recall, on every Friday of every month throughout the year, Harbour Air donates $1 from every passenger towards a carefully selected project at the BC Cancer Foundation. Occasionally, we also ask our guests if they would like to donate as well with 100% of the funds going directly to the project.
This program works alongside our ongoing commitments to giving back in our communities and, in addition to our passenger donations, we also lean on our suppliers as well as our own employees to help us raise additional funds. The original objective, as many of our donors may recall, was to donate directly to the Sorenson Lab that was working to research the efficacy of immunotherapy as an alternative treatment in pediatric cancers where traditional chemotherapy can be too toxic to a rapidly developing child. We partnered with Anthem Properties and through our partners at the BC Cancer Foundation, were able to secure an agreement that 100% of the funds raised would go directly to Poul Sorenson and the work being done there.
Today, we are excited to report to you all that in 2022, thanks to the generosity of our staff, our suppliers and, most importantly our guests, we, once again, surpassed all expectations and along with our partner donors, our Blood, Sweat and Cures team raised an additional $1.1mm for the Sorensen Lab. We have now leveraged that into approximately $4.5mm through various private and government grants and have included below an abbreviated update from our committee ‘Captain’, Alex Blodgett on the details of their work.
The Team at Harbour Air
Abbreviated Update from Alex Blodgett of the BC Cancer Foundation Board of Directors
- Childhood sarcomas (bone and soft tissue) remain a significant unmet clinical need. The prognosis for children with metastatic sarcomas is dismal and has not changed in 40 years. That’s unacceptable, and we are trying to change that by focusing on immunotherapy. The Sorensen Lab has now identified at least 40 targets for potential immunotherapy in Ewing sarcoma, and another 40 targets in osteosarcoma. Think of “targets” as hooks (they are unique proteins) that grow out from malignant cells. What the Lab is doing is developing drugs and treatment protocols (think: warheads) that are attached to the front of antibodies (stealth missiles) that circulate around the body searching for malignant cells, then grabbing onto these targets or hooks, and blowing the cells up. The Lab has an extensive network across North America that can quickly develop the new antibodies that can attack these newly discovered targets. These new antibodies thus can be used as immunotherapy reagents for clinical applications.
- The Sorensen Lab’s studies uncovering the IL1RAP surface protein target as a promising target in Ewing sarcoma (the second most common bone malignancy of childhood cancers) was published in November 2021, in the very high impact journal, Cancer Discovery, and received a great deal of international attention. The Lab has subsequently performed studies on mice with targeting antibodies to IL1RAP that show extremely promising results, and is rapidly moving this towards a clinical trial in Ewing sarcoma through its international network.
- As a side note, this study and subsequent publication funded by our investment was a significant contributor in securing an additional $1mm grant – this is how the leverage works!
- The Lab checked other tumor types and found that certain types of lymphoma, ~25% of pancreatic adenocarcinoma, 50% of melanomas, some brain tumors, and high-risk acute myeloid leukemias may also express IL1RAP on cell surfaces. This indicates that there is the potential to also utilize the above IL1RAP targeting strategies for these diseases. This is a great example of the positive and unintended consequences that come from a singular focus on a specific cancer.
- Poul Sorensen and his team are working with TRIUMF at UBC to generate so-called radio conjugates that can turn antibodies to IL1RAP into radioactive tools for diagnostic detection of tumor cells. They are very close to testing these reagents in animal models.
- Five years ago we worked to fund our Daryl’s Heidelberg Hope project; the $18mm contribution to build BC Cancer Labs at the new Advanced Institute for Medical Isotopes at TRIUMF, funded through BC Cancer Foundation, will be one of the few facilities in the world to produce these radioactive isotopes used in cancer research and treatment. Additionally, BCCF this year committed to also funding $3.5mm to purchase a new cyclotron at TRIUMF to add more capacity to deliver these isotopes.
- The Sorensen Lab is using the same approach in Ewing sarcoma to characterize new targets for immunotherapy in osteosarcoma, which is the most common childhood bone cancer and the disease that Terry Fox had.
- Also, there is a new project just starting to identify novel immunotherapy targets in childhood medulloblastoma, the most common type of childhood brain tumor. This disease is very difficult to treat because current therapies, which include toxic drugs and irradiation, can have devasting effects on developing nervous system tissues. The hope is to change that by using immunotherapy to harness patients’ immune systems rather than highly toxic standard therapies.
- The Lab is working hard to generate T cells with the ability to bind to and kill sarcoma cells, with its colleagues at Seattle Children’s Hospital. These reagents called CAR T cells, are under intense investigation in the international immunotherapy community to target solid tumors.
- And finally, I was honored to participate in the ceremony last week where Poul Sorensen was presented w/ The Order of BC (29:00 minutes in) by our new Premier. I’m proud to call Poul a friend and immeasurably impressed by the whole team at The Sorensen Lab. Congratulations to all of them!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.