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The Beaver Goes Island Hopping In The Gulf Islands

Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:29 pm

Earlier instalments of our Canadian adventure can be found here.
Adelaide To Vancouver Air NZ A320 & 777 Premium Ec (by ryan h Aug 27 2011 in Trip Reports)
The DHC 2 Beaver Experience Over Whistler (by ryan h Aug 30 2011 in Trip Reports)

Was spending a while down at where the floatplanes fly from Vancouver airport.

Dad thought while we are sitting there, he would see if we could get on any flights, just to go on a flight on a floatplane. Did not matter where we went, but everything was full, but someone at Seair said that there was a flight that goes out to some islands taking people and the mail.

Vancouver Airport Seaplane Terminal
Date: Tuesday 2 August 2011
Seat: Various. Moved about after each stop
Aircraft: DHC-2 Beaver
Registration: C-GOBC

Rough map showing roughly where we went.
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The flight was operated by Beaver C-GOBC. As you will see in the photos, as people got on and off, I ended up in different seating positions.

Took off from the seaplane Terminal at Vancouver airport. Was a full load on the way out.

A couple of other floatplanes that were around when we took off.

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Off we go.

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I am guessing our cruising alttitude was about 1500 feet.

Legroom was good, but playing musical chairs at every stop was a bit tricky as there is not much room to move about in a Beaver.


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Our first stop was Miners Bay on Mayne Island.

Smooth landing on the water and once the plane was close enough to the dock, the pilot cut the engine and jumped out onto the dock and tied up.

I think only one person got off here. And some cargo was unloaded too.


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Once that was done, and the plane had floated away from the dock, the engine was quickly restarted and with the nose pointing roughly into the wind, the throttle was basically firewalled, well that was what it felt like to me and what felt like a lengthy take off run over the water we were up again.

On take off I was a bit surprised to look out the window to see we were quite close to a big car ferry. Again probably I thought we were closer than we were.


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Passed many little islands that are covered in thick forest and have what look like little fishing huts on them.


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The next stop was Lyall Harbour on Saturna Island.
Think we picked up one person, while two got off.


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Again it was a short stop like the last one, about 5 minutes maximum.

Take off was similar to the last one. Get the engine retstarted, point the nose into the wind shove the throttle to the firewall and get going.


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Again was more forest and water with the occasional house seen out the window.


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Third and final stop was Port Washington on North Pender Island. Same process as above.


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Then flew back to where we started out from at Vancouver airport.


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Total time on the flight was 2-3 hours. A well spent afternoon out I think.

Not bad for a flight that was booked at very short notice. It only cost 280 Canadian dollars for both of us.
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RE: The Beaver Goes Island Hopping In The Gulf Islands

Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:26 am

Very unique report! Thanks for taking the time to put all the pictures together, I really enjoyed looking at them and reading your commentary.  
Flown on: C150/172/206, DHC-2/3, AS350, J32, Q400, CR7/9, E135/40/45/75, DC9, A320, B732/4/7/8/9, 744, 752/3, 763, MD80
 
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RE: The Beaver Goes Island Hopping In The Gulf Islands

Sun Oct 09, 2011 12:32 pm

Finally put to video together. It is more a series of videos of the flight edited into one.

http://youtu.be/F6o4DvW3wHo
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