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Helijet and Oak Bay Marine Group launch Eco Adventure Tours to Discovery Archipelago

More BC residents and international visitors will have an opportunity to observe bears in their natural habitat along the wilds of coastal BC thanks to the new Wildlife Adventure Safaris launched by Helijet International and the Oak Bay Marine Group (OBMG). Helijet International (see page 1), North America's largest scheduled helicopter airline, currently operates a shuttle service between downtown Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle, and a growing charter business from its facility at Vancouver International Airport. As of Oct. 1, 2001, Helijet will also offer three daily return flights between Langley and Abbotsford airports and downtown Victoria.

Helijet president and CEO Danny Sitnam has now teamed up with OBMG to capitalize on the growing adventure tourism business on BC's central coast. The new service will whisk passengers away from downtown Vancouver on a magical helicopter ride to Quadra Island and the Discovery Archipelago.

Launched in 1962 with one marina in Oak Bay, Victoria-based OBMG has expanded to include 18 divisions in three countries including resorts, tourist attractions, restaurants and marinas. OBMG is now North America's biggest adventure tourism operator featuring eco-adventure activities such as nature tours, bear viewing, whale watching, kayaking, ocean rapids and much more.

"There's so much to see and do in British Columbia, for many people it's really just a matter of finding the time to get to their destinations," said Sitnam. "This new venture gives us a chance to do for the leisure traveller what we've been doing for the business commuter for the past 15 years, that's save them time and money."

The Wildlife Adventure Safaris include round trip helicopter travel to and from downtown Vancouver, one night's accommodation at April Point Resort on Quadra Island or Painter's Lodge in Campbell River and an exciting wildlife adventure tour through the Discovery Archipelago.

The Discovery Archipelago is part of a chain of islands that shelter the British Columbia coastline between Hardwicke Island and Savoury Island. The fleet of BC Ferries that services some of them is not as large, nor are the sailings as frequent, as that serving the Gulf Islands. Other islands can only be reached by private transportation such as water taxis, kayaks, canoes, or powerboats, and occasionally airplanes.

"The scenery on the way to Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort is so breathtaking that getting there is half the fun," said Sitnam. "When people travel by helicopter, they're amazed at how close such pristine and rugged wilderness really is to Vancouver and Victoria."

At April Point Resort and Painter's Lodge, safari adventurers will enjoy all the comforts of OBMG's first-class ocean front resorts, including full service restaurants, swimming pool, tennis courts, golf and more.

From there, it's an exciting outdoor experience with "Hurricane Jack", OBMG Director of Adventure, whose wit, knowledge and competence has set the standard for the burgeoning outdoor adventure industry. Folks can challenge themselves to an extreme Ocean Rapids Tour guaranteed to have them white-knuckled, wide-eyed and wet, or experience the thrill of a wildlife adventure tour through the Discovery Archipelago in search of bears in their natural habitat.

Safari adventurers can also expect to see eagles, seabirds, Stellar sea lions, seals, orca whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins and Dall's porpoises as they travel through some of the most breathtakingly beautiful wilderness in the world. When the adventure draws to an end, passengers will return to Vancouver in style and comfort onboard a Helijet helicopter.

Tickets for the Wildlife Adventure Safaris are $445 per person, based on double occupancy, and can be purchased by calling 1-800-663-7090. Space is limited so advance reservations are required. For more information, visit www.obmg.com

Helijet International is a Canadian-owned company, publicly listed on the Canadian Venture Exchange. The company is North America's largest scheduled helicopter airline, winning numerous awards for its helicopter service and safety excellence. For more information, visit www.helijet.com.


Rick Hill, VP Marketing and Commercial Alliances
Tel:(604) 273-4688
Email: rickhill@helijet.com

Helijet International Inc. 5911 Airport Road South, Richmond, BC, Canada V7B 1B5Tel: (604) 273-4688 Fax: (604) 273-5301 Website: www.helijet.com CDNX Listing HJI

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