Harbour Air’s Exclusive Seaplane Experience Soars to The Butchart Gardens


 Vancouver, BC – April 30, 2024 – Harbour Air, North America’s largest seaplane airline, is excited to announce groundbreaking direct service to The Butchart Gardens, offering an exclusive travel experience to one of British Columbia’s most iconic destinations. Beginning June 12th, Harbour Air will operate premium seaplane service from downtown Vancouver to The Butchart Gardens, providing travelers with unparalleled access to the breathtaking floral displays and serene landscapes of this world-famous attraction. 

This new Harbour Air scheduled service gives visitors a uniquely Canadian way to enjoy our spectacular British Columbia coastline and our world-famous show garden in a one-of-a-kind experience. We look forward to working together for many years to come, said Dave Cowen, CEO of The Butchart Gardens. 

Located in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, The Butchart Gardens has captivated visitors for over a century with its stunning floral displays spread across 22 hectares (55 acres) of meticulously maintained gardens. Recognized as one of the Top 10 Gardens of the World, The Butchart Gardens is a testament to the vision and dedication of its founders, Jennie and Robert Pim Butchart.   

“This partnership marks a significant milestone for Harbour Air as we continue to cater to the desires of experience seekers to the Pacific Northwest,” said Bert van der Stege, CEO of Harbour Air. “We are thrilled to collaborate with The Butchart Gardens to offer our guests a seamless and unforgettable journey, melding the excitement of seaplane travel with the enchantment of one of Canada’s most beloved destinations.” 

“Harbour Air’s addition of a direct flight from Vancouver to the Buchart Cove wharf is an exciting pairing of two iconic tourism experiences – a flight over B.C.’s extraordinary coast and a visit to Butchart’s world-class gardens,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “We can’t wait to welcome more people to the Saanich Peninsula and showcase all we have to offer.”  

Key Market Takeaways: 

  • Guests will enjoy a 30-minute scenic flight from downtown Vancouver to The Butchart Gardens, with access to the gardens via The Butchart Cove wharf.   
  • The tour package includes a flight to the gardens, two hours of admission to explore the grounds, and a return flight to downtown Vancouver. 
  • Exclusive access to the gardens is provided, with direct flights exclusively for guests flying to and from the gardens. 

The schedule for Wednesday-Sunday service from June 12th to September 15th is as follows: 

Departure  Destination  Departure Time  Arrival Destination 
Downtown Vancouver  The Butchart Gardens  11:30 AM  12:10 PM 
Butchart Gardens  Downtown Vancouver  2:30 PM  3:10 PM 

Ticket sales will open on April 30th at 9:00 AM. Experience the exceptional nature and convenience of exclusive seaplane access to The Butchart Gardens with round-trip pricing starting at $499 per person (inclusive of tax and applicable charges).    

For more information about Harbour Air and to book your exclusive seaplane service to The Butchart Gardens, visit www.harbourair.com. 


About Harbour Air  

Harbour Air is North America’s largest Seaplane airline. The company’s international seaplane service, which originally began in 1982 with two seaplanes, is now a quintessential west coast experience. With a fleet of 45 aircraft, Harbour Air offers up to 300 daily scheduled flights, scenic tours, adventure packages, and private flights. With 12 scheduled destinations connecting downtown Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle (WA), Nanaimo, Tofino, Whistler, Vancouver Airport/Richmond, Sechelt, Salt Spring Island, Powell River and Comox, B.C. Harbour Air transports around 500,000 passengers every year. For more information, visit www.harbourair.com     

About The Butchart Gardens 

Established in 1904, The Butchart Gardens is a world-famous horticultural attraction located in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia. Spanning over 22 hectares (55 acres), the gardens feature a stunning array of floral displays, including the iconic Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, and Mediterranean Garden. As a National Historic Site of Canada, The Butchart Gardens continues to delight more than a million visitors per year with its beauty and charm, offering an immersive experience with options for an amazing Afternoon Tea and wonderful shopping. www.butchartgardens.com  

For media inquiries or further information, please contact: 

Jessica Dunn 

Head of Marketing & Public Affairs

Harbour Air

Email: jdunn@harbourair.com


Jill Smillie  

Director of Public Relations, Sales & Marketing 

Butchart Gardens 

Email: jillsmillie@butchartgardens.com  



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