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Salt Spring Custom Tours

Salt Spring Custom Tours

Seaplane adventures have so much to offer – giving photographers a birds-eye view, hikers and fishermen access to remote destinations and giving travelers a gateway to spectacular scenery and unique experiences. Following are some of our most popular custom tours from Salt Spring Island. If you don’t see exactly what you were looking for give us a call and we will create a special package just for you.

Picnic on a Secluded Beach

Imagine flying to your own secluded beach to have lunch or a sunset dinner in your very own 'private' charter aircraft. For true romantics, we suggest the Picnic Beach Tour, complete with pilot, plane, and a picnic basket packed with a delicious lunch. This is a unique way to make your special day unforgettable. 

  • 1 1/2 hour tour
  • Daily, available year-round

Alpine Lakes & Glaciers

Take the opportunity to experience the awe-inspiring natural beauty of British Columbia with a flight through its majestic peaks and lofty glaciers. After departing Ganges Harbour we fly across Georgia Strait, entering Howe Sound and commencing the long climb up to the Tantalus glacier at 6500 feet. Passing through these glacier-hewn monoliths is a truly unforgettable experience. Turning onto our final approach we descend over the top of a 1000 foot waterfall and gently alight upon the emerald green waters of our secret alpine lake. Although we have ascended 6500 feet your jaw will drop in awe as you step off the pontoon onto the sandy beach and stand surrounded by the ineffable beauty of pristine wilderness.

  • 2 1/2 hour tour
  • Daily, available May-Sept
  • Option to add a picnic

Westcoast Tour

Departing Ganges, and heading west we climb out over the Vancouver Island mountain range. As we ascend you will see the large expanse of Cowichan Lake, Vancouver Island's largest lake. Leveling off, a panoramic mountain vista will open up, including Mount Arrowsmith and Port Alberni Inlet. We then begin our descent into Barclay Sound. Looking out at the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean stretching across the horizon, you realize that you have truly arrived on the west coast.

We will stop in the coastal village of Tofino for 2 hours to rest our wings where you may choose to visit the landmark gallery of Roy Henry Vickers, have lunch at a local cafe or just browse through this colorful little west coast village.

  • 4 1/2 hour tour
  • Option to extend up to a full day trip
  • Daily, available year-round

Add on a Stop at the Hot Spring Cove

  • Add on 2 1/2 hours

Butchart Gardens

By air, Salt Spring Island is only a stone's throw from the world renowned Butchart Gardens. With Saltspring Air, you can avoid the all day ferry trip and the hassles of parking. Depart Ganges and fly over the rural farmlands of the Fulford Valley and Saanich Peninsula. Soar over the ferry terminal and traffic before arriving in style at the exclusive seaplane dock that the Butchart Family reserves for their guests. The pilot will escort you to the top of the seaplane ramp, where you will start your 1.5 hour walk through Canada's most famous gardens. This is the ideal way to travel to this landmark of horticultural splendor.

  • 2 hour tour
  • Daily, available May-Sept
  • Admission to The Butchart Gardens included