Views from a Float Plane

While we were in Campbell River we got the opportunity to ride along on a mail run to some of the islands nearby that are only accessible by float plane or boat. If you look at a map of Vancouver Island, you’ll see a speckling of islands scattered between the big island and the mainland. These islands are known as the Discovery Islands and they are absolutely fascinating. For me, the most interesting part of the islands are the people that live on them. Personally, I like a little bit of seclusion. But I couldn’t imagine being cut off from the world as much as they are.

We were taken out by our awesome pilot Mike of CorilAir. Big shout out to him, that dude can fly a plane!

Anyways, the other great thing about the trip was that the views were absolutely incredible. The float plane hangs close enough to the ground to get some really stellar photos. To date, the only aerial photography I’ve had the chance to do was out of a 737, so I had a lot of fun shooting from the plane. I hope my “views from a float plane” do justice to this region because it was absolutely beautiful.

I’ve posted a video I put together at the bottom of the post as well as the photos. Enjoy!

Campbell River, Discovery Islands

How would you like to live on one of these islands?

Campbell River, Discovery Islands

Such an amazing view!

Refuge Cove, Discovery Islands

Our first stop was a place called Refuge Cove.

Surge Narrows, Discovery Islands

Stop number two was a place called Surge Narrows, which is also one of just a couple places in Canada that has a floating post office.

Surge Narrows, Discovery Islands

Surge Narrows, Discovery Islands

Our pilot, Mike… that dude can fly a plane!

Surge Narrows, Discovery Islands

Stewart Island, Discovery Islands

Last stop Stewart Island, playground to the rich and richer…

Float plane, Stewart Island, Discovery Islands

Our float plane parked at the pier in Stewart Island

Float plane, Stewart Island, Discovery Islands

Rob (from Stop Having a Boring Life), Mike the pilot, and I outside the plane.


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: Brendan van Son is a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. He has visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than he has the desire to count. Check out his profile on . for a little bit more about him.

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14 Comments

  1. Awesome post, Brendan. Felt like I was riding along with you. Wish I was! Keep em’ coming.

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    • Thanks Roger, it’s a great trip! If you ever get up that way you’ll have to take it in!

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  2. I’ve heard that Canada has amazing views, and these photos are living proof :) I would definitely live on one of those islands!

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    • Joseph – It really is. The Rockies, and the West Coast are some of my favourite places in the world.

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  3. Nice photo’s, always better views from the skies.

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    • Thanks Surminga – The thing about landscapes is the photos always look WAY better from above.

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    • Thanks Jenna – I’m glad you like she photos!

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  4. Awesome video. I felt as though I was with you.

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  5. Are views from a float plane different from another plane? ;-) hahaha
    But I know what you mean. It’s another experience, especially the start & landing. I haven’t done it yet myself, but would love to do it!

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    • Hahahaha Melvin – Of course they are, you’re much closer to the ground!

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  6. Way cool. I’ve wanted to do one for a while now, but have not as yet. Harbour Airlines in Vancouver to Nanaimo will be the one I think, but will see.
    I like the Stewart Island picture…

    You get to fly closer to the ground @Melvin :-)…

    Thank you for sharing this, its renewed my geeky vigor ;-).

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    • Kerwin – Thanks for the comment. I’d never been in a float plane before this and it was a brilliant experience. I love how close you are to the ground! If you want a really cool float plane trip do the flight into Khutzymateen… that is incredible!

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