West Coast Floatplane Adventure

Romance and Adventure – Canadian West Coast Style

  • Starting From

    $3,990 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    8 days

    7 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Vancouver, Egmont
LET’S PERSONALIZE THIS TRIP

Soar by Float Plane


Feel the thrill as you travel between the Sunshine Coast and Gulf Islands by float plane. Enjoy a birds-eye view of rugged forest, misty islands, and scenic inlets - before an exciting landing on water.

Days of Fun and Adventure


We’ve got the best activity suggestions – you may find it hard to choose! Options include wine tasting at Salt Spring’s local vineyards, sea kayaking with seals on the Sunshine Coast, or a thrilling zodiac tour – just to name a few.

Unique Accommodations


Your accommodations are as spectacular as your surroundings! Stay at a sprawling country manor plus a luxury wilderness lodge.

YOUR TRIP DAY-BY-DAY

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

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Day 1 View Map

Vancouver Arrival

One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean. Spend the night at a conveniently located airport hotel.

Overnight at the Vancouver Airport

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

Day 2 View Map

Gulf Island Getaway

Have your camera ready for stunning ocean vistas as you travel to the Gulf Islands by seaplane. Traveling over the shimmering waters of the Strait of Georgia, catch your first glimpse of the charming Salt Spring Islands where you will be staying for the next three nights.

Flight from Vancouver South to Salt Spring

(1 of 3 activities)

Today you’ll enjoy a seaplane flight from the Vancouver South Terminal to Salt Spring Island. Your flight will take you over the Gulf Islands to Ganges Harbour.

SUV Sized Vehicle Rental

(2 of 3 activities)

Enjoy the freedom of exploring by vehicle. Your rental includes Collision Damage Waiver, unlimited kilometers, and one additional driver.

Dinner at the Manor House

(3 of 3 activities)

Savour one of the island's finest culinary experiences at the Fine Dining Room set in the historic Manor House.

Overnight in Ganges

Overnight in a Boutique level hotel, such as the Hastings House. You'll enjoy the unique character of these properties, which are often in historic buildings. They feature intimate service, excellent restaurants, and modern luxuries.

Day 3 View Map

Take in the Island with a Local

Get out and explore the island today with a Salt Spring local. Learn about some of the hidden gems and what makes this island so sought after.

Salt Spring Island Wine Tour

(1 of 2 options)

Embrace your inner gourmand as this tour shows the full spectrum of Salt Spring’s unique culinary community and its offerings. While touring the town of Ganges and the north and south of Salt Spring Island you will be treated to the locally made beer, wine, spirits, cheese and bread.

Best of Salt Spring Tour

(2 of 2 options)

A great way to see the best corners of Salt Spring Island, both on and off the beaten track. Start in Ganges and work your way around the island, visiting local artisans in their studios. Take a stroll through the gorgeous Pacific rainforest, stop at multiple viewpoints and don't miss the samples at the cheesemaker's!

Day 4 View Map

Salt Spring Island Exploration

Today you are free to explore Salt Spring Island on your own. Salt Spring is known for its laid-back atmosphere and mild climate which encourages activities like hiking, cycling, golfing, and beachcombing – to name a few. The island is easy to navigate with many secret coves and charming locations to discover.

Salt Spring Island in Summer

(1 of 1 activities)

Salt Spring Island is the largest, most populated, and most popular of the Southern Gulf Islands. Located between Vancouver Island and the Mainland in the Strait of Georgia alongside neighbouring islands, Galiano, Pender, Saturna, Maine and Prevost, Salt Spring is a great place to come and enjoy local artisan crafts and treats, wine, cheese, local produce from the farmers markets, entertainment and a plethora of outdoor activities for all ages. Accessed from the mainland and Vancouver Island by ferry and seaplane, a good starting point would be Ganges Village located in the centre of the island, which is home to local arts, restaurants, pubs, shops and the famous Saturday Farmer’s Market.

Day 5 View Map

Salt Spring Island to Sunshine Coast

As you arrive at the dock today, revel in the luxury of stepping into your own private floatplane. Enjoy the unique experience of a private charter as you travel to the West Coast Wilderness Lodge on the Sunshine Coast. Jade green waters sparkle as your floatplane touches down and pulls up to the dock right outside of the West Coast Wilderness Lodge, your home for the next three nights.

Private Seaplane Flight to Sunshine Coast

(1 of 2 activities)

Enjoy the unique experience of a private charter today as you travel to the West Coast Wilderness Lodge on the Sunshine Coast. Jade green waters sparkle as your seaplane touches down and pulls up to the dock right outside of the West Coast Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge Arrival

(2 of 2 activities)

Today you arrive at the lodge, check in and meet your hosts, relax and later on enjoy a gourmet meal in the dining room with panoramic views of Jervis Inlet. Dinner included. Overnight at West Coast Wilderness Lodge.

Day 6 View Map

Explore Princess Louisa Inlet

Today a boat tour up the Princess Louisa Inlet is included. This is one of the most popular activities in the area.

Princess Louisa Inlet Tour

(1 of 1 activities)

Today you embark on an incredible cruise up the shoreline of beautiful Jervis Inlet. Your touring boat sails past towering, 2100 metre-high cliffs and dozens of waterfalls. The tour fords through Malibu Rapids, entering Princess Louisa Inlet - a spectacular fjord renowned for its stunning landscape and protected waters. After a scenic tour around the inlet and leisurely cruise back to the lodge, the remainder of the day is free to enjoy the amenities of the lodge. Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight at West Coast Wilderness Lodge

Day 7 View Map

Outdoor Adventure around the Lodge

A kayaking tour has been included today. Additionally, you are free to explore on your own. The walk to Skookumchuck Rapids is highly recommended - get a bird’s eye view of the fastest salt water rapids in North America.

Explore Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park

(1 of 2 activities)

Today is yours to sit back and relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds the lodge.If your feeling like exploring the area, the walk to the Skookumchuck Rapids is highly recommended. Here you will get a bird’s eye view of the fastest salt water rapids in North America. Breakfast and dinner are included. Overnight at West Coast Wilderness Lodge

Guided Kayaking Tour

(2 of 2 activities)

Set out from the footsteps of the lodge on a guided kayak tour of the Jervis Inlet. Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you as you glide through the waters. With ample opportunities for wildlife spotting this is a must do.

Day 8 View Map

Sunshine Coast to Vancouver

Today your west coast luxury getaway comes to an end. Depart the West Coast Wilderness Lodge directly from the dock on a private floatplane. Your flight will bring you to the Vancouver International Airport to connect with your flight home.

Insider Tip

Insider tip: To provide the most flexibility for arranging a departing flight from Vancouver, have your Vacation Advisor book you an additional post night at a Vancouver airport hotel.

Depart Wilderness Lodge

(1 of 2 activities)

After breakfast, you depart the luxury and seclusion of the lodge and make your way onward.

Private Seaplane Flight to Vancouver South Airport

(2 of 2 activities)

Enjoy the unique experience of a private chartered seaplane flight departing directly from dock at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge to Vancouver South Airport.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

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HERE'S WHAT YOU GET

To make sure that your holiday is full of only good surprises, here's a comprehensive list of what is (and isn't) included in your package.


Accommodations:

  • 1 x hotel night in Vancouver
  • 3 x hotel nights in Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Best of Salt Spring Tour
  2. Salt Spring Island Wine Tour

West Coast Wilderness Lodge Package:

  • 3 x Accommodation in Ocean Suite
  • 3 x Breakfasts, 3 x Dinner
  • Excursions - Self-guided hike to Skookumchuck Rapids and Princess Louisa Inlet/Jarvis Inlet Cruise
  • Use of bocce and croquet equipment and access to beach fire pit
  • Guided Kayaking Tour

Meal Inclusions:

  • Feature dinner on Salt Spring Island

Transportation Inclusions:

  • Scheduled Seaplane flight between Vancouver South Airport and Salt Spring Island
  • 3 Day Car Rental (includes Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million))
  • Private chartered Seaplane flight between Salt Spring Island and the West Coast Wilderness Lodge
  • Private chartered seaplane between the West Coast Wilderness Lodge and Vancouver South Airport

Other Inclusions:

  • Documentation package
  • Gratuities for meals (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.
  • Meals, other than those mentioned
  • Airfare to and from Canada (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
  • Fuel and refueling fees
  • Additional Insurance Coverage: Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Personal Effects Coverage (PEC))
  • Vehicle GPS and LDW deductible of up to $500
  • Vehicle GPS
  • Taxi transfers between Vancouver seaplane terminal and Vancouver International Airport Terminal
  • Gratuities for hotel, tour & transfer staff
  • Travel Medical Insurance and Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended – ask us for a quote)
  • Canadian Sales Taxes
  • There are currently no seasonal restrictions

PRICES & DATES

This trip is available for departures between May and October.

Starting From

$3,990 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, May 2019 departure and our base class.

We offer a range of packages across all four seasons. Please speak with one of our travel advisors about personalizing your trip and getting a comprehensive quote.

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