Vancouver Island Soaring Centre

Vancouver Island Soaring Centre

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We fly gliders for fun and also teach how to become a glider pilot. We will be happy to take you for the introduction flight so you can experience the beauty of a free flight. Sorry we are closed for the winter season. See you in the early spring. Open from mid April until the end of September.
Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada

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PammyJ23
Deer Lake, Canada35 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
What an amazing experience! Andre worked hard for us to make sure our ride was amazing. He pushed back the time of our ride for the weather to cooperate so we could get the best views! He really had our best interests and experience at heart and didn't let is glide with crummy weather. Griffin was our glider pilot and he made us feel so comfortable and at ease. Let Andre know in advance if you want the gopro set up for your ride. The views were amazing, an incredible experience, do the hour tour, it's so worth it! Thank you to the team for making our day 😊
Written May 31, 2021
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It was our big pleasure to share the beauty of the silent flight with you and your boyfriend. Thank you very much Pamela for being patient with the weather and nice chats at the airport.
Written June 7, 2021
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myfanwy c
8 contributions
Jul. 2020
I had dreamed of experiencing a glider flight since I was 5.
I did so this week at Vancouver Island Soaring Centre. It was an incredible experience. Flying with only the sound of wind was both peaceful and exhillerating.
The pilot was very experienced and made sure I felt safe.

The owner gave very thourough explanations and instructions.

This is a must for an experience.
Written July 31, 2020
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801sfot
Nanaimo, Canada15 contributions
Jul. 2020 • Friends
Vancouver Island is an incredibly beautiful place and is even more spectacular when soaring above like an eagle. The experience of catching an updraft and riding it was definitely bird like. Keith was an excellent pilot and let me try my hand at taking the controls. I felt very safe, as the owner and staff are experienced pilots who LOVE what they do. You can feel their enthusiasm. A great time being a tourist in my own backyard.
Written July 30, 2020
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karenbminute
Parksville, Canada22 contributions
Oct. 2019
Absolutely one of the best gifts I have ever had for my birthday. I am really really afraid of heights but the staff, owners and pilots were absolutely fantastic. It was a very clear day so gliding down was like being on a big marshmallow floating thru the air.
Written October 9, 2019
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Greg B
1 contribution
Sep. 2019 • Couples
Once in a lifetime experience. Andrei was knowledgeable and personable. Highly recommend him as his team. Greg.
Written September 29, 2019
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Amber P
9 contributions
Sep. 2019
My partner and I both did the Valley flight and it was amazing, the views were brilliant and the pilot had a great knowledge of the area and was very friendly. I am so glad we drove 2 hours for this, it was worth it and was my partners favorite part of our holiday.
Written September 27, 2019
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WAYNE
1 contribution
Sep. 2019
Great location with a very good pilot with knowledge of the area.
The four of us all had a great time in the air and on the ground.
Being able to take control for some of the time was a bonus.
Written September 19, 2019
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Deb K
Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada36 contributions
Aug. 2019
My husband & I had ate our lunch the previous Saturday after hiking up Mt Squarehead watching as a glider rode the air currents, "that looks fun let's do it next weekend!" We booked with Andrzei for a 30 minute flight. Andrew our pilot was confident, knowledgeable and so relaxed. He answered questions and even let us try our hand at the controls. Even though the weather was cloudy the experience was fantastic. Floating above the cloud, point of interests below...well worth every minute of the experience. Nicholas the pilot of the tow plane also was very personable and interesting. Highly recommend this experience!
Written August 12, 2019
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Thank you Deb!
Written August 14, 2019
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Barbara G
5 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Couples
Andrzej is a charming, knowledgable, capable instructor. He provided a great introductory flight for my friend, even though the weather wasn't cooperating. He even found time to talk with my 92-year-old mother about her soaring experiences from 40 years ago. A totally wonderful experience! Thank you Andrzej!
Written August 9, 2019
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Thank you Barbara!
Written August 14, 2019
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Scott L
5 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Couples
I always wanted to try this form of aviation and was not disappointed . A great flight with a very experienced pilot made this a stress free joy.

Soaring by mountain ridges seeking lift is pure aviation as a raptor flies. Silent except for the wind . A great feeling letting go of the tow line knowing the craft is riding the air on its own. An excellent front seat allows a maximised experience from take off, to highest elevation and a sensational landing . Highly recommended.
Written August 5, 2019
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Thanks a lot Scott!
Written August 6, 2019
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