The human obsession with flight stems from a refusal to accept limitations and an intense desire to finally move out of gravity's basement. Claim your own airspace with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a two-hour Flightseeing tour from Island Express Air (a $281.78 value). Tours take off daily from Abbotsford Airport. Check Island Express Air's schedule for departure times.
Island Express Air's sky cowboys send passengers loping through the clouds on two-hour, roundtrip Flightseeing tours of British Columbia's lower mainland and the Vancouver Island area. Comfortably settled into a Piper Navajo twin-engine plane seating 8–10, guests traverse the firmament at lower altitudes, affording the opportunity to spot whales breaking the sea's glassy surface to check for the pizza delivery guy. As peaks, valleys, and the rolling landscape undulates below, passengers take in views of the Olympic peninsula, Fraser Valley, Mount Baker, the San Juan Islands, and the west shores of Vancouver Islands. Once the plane touches down on Vancouver Island, patrons can choose to make the flight a one-way voyage or continue the roundtrip back to Abbotsford's welcoming arms and reindeer-emblazoned holiday sweater.
Island Express Air
It often takes 12 minutes just to leave the house, remember you forgot your keys, and go back for them. In the same amount of time, Island Express Air’s signature snappy flights can shuffle passengers all the way from Abbotsford to Vancouver. The airline also services Victoria and Nanaimo with their fleet of professional aircraft, outfitted with cutting edge XM Satellite GPS technology that keeps pilots apprised of weather and terrain clearance.
The airline complements its regularly scheduled local flights with airborne sightseeing tours. From the windows of intimate planes equipped with a maximum of 10 seats, tourists drink in views of the Gulf Islands, Mount Baker, and other landmarks, dipping low enough to glimpse whales as they power-wash the plane’s underside with their blowholes. Alternatively, the airline’s private charter flights can whisk passengers to a destination of their choice.