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Fly in Style to a Fantasy Isle
by Jerry W. Bird....................................................

Flight-seeing is a coined word that we first heard from Mark Duncan, Director General of Transport Canada Pacific Operations, who helped us create and launch Canada's first and only "Air Highways Supermap." That one word typifies a peak attraction of British Columbia's Coast, Inside Passage and Rockies. For Pacific Spirit Airlines, flight-seeing is an everyday occurrence; the airline's area of focus being the Gulf Islands. This archipelago's first European discoverers were the Spaniards, accounting for romantic place names like Ganges, Galiano and Juan de Fuca. But even today, the Gulf Islands wonders are still undiscovered by most BC travelers, let alone our US and Asia Pacific visitors.

Pacific Spirit soars 3 times daily from Vancouver International Airport's South Terminal to the Gulf Islands -- offering the most coverage of the area. According to Manager Chris Holmes, it's a flexible schedule, stopping at any island in the group, with optional landings at Pat Bay, next to Victoria airport. And Pacific Spirit does charters too.

For visitors, just imagine skimming over the Coast Mountains beyond Vancouver, or spinning off to Tofino, Harrison Lake, Sunshine Coast, or any of 101 scenic trips within your reach. You can almost reach out and touch the snow capped peaks. And like the man says on TV, "the price is right" &emdash; $60 for a scheduled flight Vancouver to Salt Spring Island for example. Pacific Spirit's fleet of Cessna aircraft will soon be joined by a new Beaver, Canada's most famous float plane. For times and fares, call Pacific Spirit at 1-800-665-2359, or fax the same number day or night.

harbour air seaplaneFly to Masset in Canada's Galapagos:
Masset, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC: Give Grant Paulson a stretch
of ocean to land on any day, even when the winds are blowing
across the runway at some of Northern BC's more challenging airports. "It's a whole lot easier to bring your plane down on the ocean, providing the waves aren't too high," says Paulson, who flies a pontoon equipped Helio-Courier H295. Paulson is looking forward to scouting out the landing opportunities around Masset on the northern tip of the Queen Charlotte Islands after taking advantage of a unique real estate opportunity at the former military base (

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