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Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry
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Take the adventure route between Vancouver and Victoria with a scenic 35-minute flight. Soak up lovely aerial views while crossing the Strait of Georgia by seaplane — the most eco-friendly transport to Victoria — then set off on your own sightseeing excursion of BC’s capital. At the end of your day, catch the ferry back to the mainland, admiring stunning island and ocean views at dusk.
  • Seaplane flight from Vancouver to Victoria, on Vancouver Island
  • 35-minute flight over the Gulf Islands from the mainland to Victoria
  • Aerial view of the islands and water that make up this part of British Columbia
  • Explore Victoria's charming and historic neighborhoods
  • Coach and scenic ferry ride back to Vancouver (4.5 hours total)
  • You choose when you depart Vancouver
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Scenic seaplane flight to Victoria
Bus and ferry back to Vancouver
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Food and drinks, unless specified

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Canada Place, Downtown Vancouver
Kick off your Victoria sightseeing adventure from Canada Place in downtown Vancouver. Choose your departure time based on operating hours, meet your pilot and board the seaplane for an exciting water take-off.

Leave behind Vancouver’s busy harbor for the dramatic beauty of the Gulf Islands. You’ll have 35 minutes to soak up great panoramic views of the city, island passageways and snow-capped mountains before landing in Victoria. From there, design your own sightseeing itinerary. Perhaps you’ll indulge in some shopping at the island’s unique boutiques and antique shop, or tour atmospheric neighborhoods like Chinatown and Oak Bay. Don’t miss top attractions like the Butchart Gardens and the Empress Hotel, known for its fabulous traditional English tea service.

After your self-guided tour, head to the coach station for a ride to the ferry. Flash your ticket and grab a comfortable seat on the ship for the scenic ride through Active Pass and the Gulf Islands to Vancouver. Note: Total return trip time is 4.5 hours.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 15 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Flights are subject to cancellation due to bad weather
  • Not handicap accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Harbour Air Seaplanes
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Excellent smooth flight on take off and landing with fantastic views it was a clear day, Victoria was lovely with a smooth crossing by ferry to Vancouver well worth the money highly recommended" See review


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Amazing views from seaplane and ferry
, Sep 2021
The flight on the seaplane was a great experience, but I even enjoyed the ferry more. Amazing views and even saw some whales next to the ferry.
Simply beautiful
, Sep 2021
Taking a seaplane was an amazing experience - a must do. The ferry was very smooth and the views were beautiful. Oh and Victoria - simply a beautiful place to visit. Many cute shops and the Empress hotel is a must see.
Fantastic experience!
, Sep 2021
We had an awesome experience with the seaplane from Vancouver to Victoria on Sept. 19 2021. It was very easy to check in, the plane was on time and a very smooth ride both taking off and landing. Would highly recommend this.
Trip to Victoria
, Sep 2021
Very well organized and very nice. I recommend the trip to all the trip on the plane was the best and enough time to visit Victoria
1 traveler found this review helpful
Awesome adventure
, Aug 2021
Sea plane flight was just amazing and breath taking and exciting. Coach and Ferry ride is a bit long but allows you to see things from different angle and a bit outside the city. Great experience overall. We will recommend it to friends for sure.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Jolanta_T, thank you for including Harbour Air in your adventure! While the convenience of flying is one of the many things our guests appreciate, having a chance to slow down on the ferry provides for a different vantage points, but equally beautiful views. We hope to welcome you aboard again someday! - Harbour Air TripAdvisor Team
Fun day in Victoria!
, Jul 2021
Our family loved the flight! Very Nice experience, we had a lovely day in Victoria. Bus ride and ferry were also good but longer. We recommend!
, Jul 2020
Awful You didn’t have any ferry regarding to mentioned to tor an website and i have paid 500$ extra for ferry and call several times for refund my money and also they forced us to comeback at 4 pm and we didn’t have enough time there and you wasted my day an my 1000$ I am going to put bad review on trip advisor and google and all famous channels that you are fraudulent Thank you
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for reaching out, we are sorry to hear your Harbour Air experience wasn't the one so many guests have come to love and expect from Harbour Air. We would appreciate some additional information about your experience, and kindly ask for you to reach out to us at to help us better understand your concerns.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Excellent way to see Victoria without having to plan transportation!
, Mar 2020
What a great way to save time on a day trip to Victoria! The seaplane ride was about 35 minutes and all ran smoothly. I was impressed by the seaplane office - they have a very nice free coffee bar so you can get a beverage while you wait to board. Take off and landing were smooth, and you land very centrally in the city of Victoria. We chose this option so that we could see what we wanted. We grabbed breakfast at Jam Café, walked through Chinatown, walked through the downtown area to the Parliament building, then cabbed it out to Butchart Garden. The cab ride there was about 30 minutes and cost $50 one way. I believe there is a bus you can also take that is less expensive (but takes longer), but you have to watch the clock so the bus could be difficult. We took the 8:30 seaplane, landed shortly after 9, then had to be at the bus terminal in downtown Victoria (behind the Empress Hotel) by 3:15. We boarded the bus at 3:45, drove to the ferry terminal (which took about 40 minutes). The bus drove on to the ferry. We exited the bus (You aren't allowed to remain in your vehicle), sat up and enjoyed the 1.5 hour ferry ride to Vancouver. About 15 minutes before you dock, you walk back down to the bus and it drives you off the ferry and heads for Vancouver. That drive took about 45 minutes (the ferry terminal is a fair way outside Vancouver). It leaves you out at the Vancouver bus terminal, which may or may not be walkable from your hotel. We noticed a couple people get off at hotels we passed, so we hopped off at one of those stops so we could walk to our hotel. We got back to our hotel around 7:15. Overall, this is a great way to see Victoria on your own without having to worry about transport to and from.
1 traveler found this review helpful
On your own
, Nov 2019
I thought this tour included local guide for city tour but this is on your own, I needed to buy city bus hop on hop off to see around at Victoria island until the bus started at 10:30am, I enjoyed seaplane ride and shuttle bus at ferry ride for return back downtown city, however the final drop off at Pacific centre train station was far away from the Canada Place where we started, but overall is good experience, thanks
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you so much for your review, and we are pleased you enjoyed your time in Victoria. Your feedback regarding your final arrival location is extremely helpful, and we appreciate hearing your experience. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you aboard again.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Great Day!
, Nov 2019
The seaplane was the best! You can ENJOY a lot of time at Victoria. And the return ferry is beautiful and everything was sooo organized

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