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Participate In The Historic Mail Flight! Join our seasoned crew as we go about our very unique daily business. Your journey off the path begins at Corilairs’ float plane dock on world famous Tyee Spit, where you board the De Havilland Beaver or Cessna float plane. Your pilot will point out the many highlights of the region enroute to the remote islands of Coastal British Columbia.
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Vancouver, Canada163 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Couples
Tom was our pilot on the Historic Mail Flight Tour. Three hours from Campbell River stopping in Blind Channel, Stewart Island and finally Surge Narrows. A Beaver float plane with 6 passengers and the Amazing Tom at the controls! He put us all at ease, so professional and knowledgeable about the area.
Can't say enough good things about the office staff as well. Kind, courteous efficient funny - the full package.
I completely forgot I was nervous!
Written July 24, 2021
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Susan B
Victoria, Canada19 contributions
Jun. 2021 • Couples
Words fail to convey the experience of flying with an experienced pilot who loves flying in this incredible place we call British Columbia, but more precisely, the coastal waters and islands off of Vancouver Island.

Fun is one way to describe the afternoon as Tom took us on a tour on what he called a “light” Monday mail delivery route that included stops on Redonda, Read, and Stewart Islands with an extra stop on tiny Dent Island to pick up a passenger. Slightly overcast, the weather was perfect with that diffused light which makes it easy to see seals, eagles, and sea lions in the water.
Exciting is another word to use as we banked, took off and landed in the comfortable float plans, and got out to meet some of the post masters and mistress of those islands, sharing brief stories and news of this strange COVID world we live in and hopefully, leave behind.
Incredible is the other word that barely does justice to describe the scenery, majestic mountains rising out of the Salish Sea.
The only thing I can say is come and see for yourself, the professionalism of the company and the spectacular Supernatural British Columbia.
It will leave you speechless.
Written June 1, 2021
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Glasgow, UK247 contributions
Jun. 2019
What an experience! We booked to take a flight on the Historic Mail Flight and we were not disappointed. We climbed up into the plane - a deHavilland Beaver and our pilot Shannon was great. Our party took turns sitting along side the pilot but the best views were from the seats at the back. We landed at Refuge Cove on West Redonda Island and walked up a very steep ramp - there were very low tides. We delivered the mail and spoke to the locals. Next we dropped a passenger on Rendezvous Island. It was too windy to get to the dock so a small boat came alongside and we watched as he hopped out of our plane and onto the small boat.
We flew over Surge Narrows and onto Read Island. Our final stop was Stuart Island before we returned to the Spit.
We saw views that could only be seen from a small plane and it was the experience of the holiday. Never to be forgotten.
Written October 7, 2019
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Anthony D
Brasschaat, Belgium502 contributions
Sep. 2019
This is an adventure ! We took the Mail plane to the remote places north of Vancouver Island. The pilote "Bill" offered us a smooth ride on this seaplane, not the youngest, but very classic (like in the cartoon of Tintin) and very well maintained ! Four take offs and four "landings" ! The scenary is fantastic and worth going ! Great experience !
Written September 7, 2019
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Castricum, The Netherlands151 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Family
This tour was fabulous in every aspect. The views you get, you will never get in any other way. We were checked in by the office staff after which we were shown were the flight would go to. Then, after a short wait, we met Shannon, our pilot of the day. She proved to be very infomative and made every effort to point things out to us. We were taken to her aircraft: a deHavilland Beaver. Two more people joined us and had to be taken to an island for a fishing trip. Thereafter, it was just the four of us and the pilot of course. After the passenger safety briefing, we took off. I was amazed by the smoothness of it. Being a private pilot myself, I know what to expect but this was so great. We climbed out to some 1000 ft at which altitude we remained mostly. A bit higher at times. Giving an immaculately clear view. Beyond your expectation if you only fly large jets to your vacation destination. Regrettably we did not see any whales. Although we did spot a whalewatch tour boat take a turn but we didn't see what they were after. The whole trip lead us to a few different locations. The "historic mail" part of this flight was not present today because there simply was nothing to deliver as this time. Instead, Shannon showed us how the people on the islands live and told us all sorts of details. We took turns who would sit where. But all seats gave an excellent view outside. I was again surprised by the smoothness of every landing and I could hardly tell the moment of touchdown.

In total the trip lasted for a good two hours. Is it expensive? You bet. As all flying is. But just do this. You'll forget about the money but you'll never get this experience out of your head. For you have been up there....

Many happy landings!

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Written July 24, 2019
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Zihuatanejo, Mexico6 contributions
Aug. 2018 • Friends
Laura was great, made sure everyone was comfortable. Super scenic route, Surge Narrows, Stuart Island, Refuge Cove, places we would never otherwise have seen. Well worth the money, and another "Tick" off the Bucket List! Watch for whales!
Written August 28, 2018
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Bristol, UK5 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
An otherwise interesting mail flight on the Beaver was marred by the fact that our pilot did not provide us with any hearing protection. The noise level inside the aircraft bordered on painful. When I emailed the operations manager to complain, he told me that headsets and plugs were always available, but offered no apology for the company's failure to offer these to us prior to take-off.
Written May 25, 2018
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51 contributions
Dec. 2017 • Family
This was a beautiful scenic flight however, from the description, I was looking for more of an informative, educational experience. In reality, you mostly deliver the mail to uber-rich Americans who have bought up property on remote(ish) islands. I wasn't exactly looking to see how the 1% lives.
The staff is very friendly and we really enjoyed our pilot. It's weather dependent so be prepared if you go in fall , winter or spring to be cancelled and rescheduled . We didn't mind this but some might.
The other issue for us was the one island we went to that was a small sort of hippie type settlement and had a really great story to it, made us feel intrusive
It was clear by the muted restraint and forced smiles of the locals that they had moved there to get away from the general public and there we were gawking all about. It was uncomfortable.
All in all the staff is great, the planes are fun and we'll maintained and the company seems but I definitely would do the mail run again.
Written March 30, 2018
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Cowichan Valley, B.C.257 contributions
Sep. 2017 • Couples
Negative: pricey (~$200 Cdn pp); weather-dependent; slightly awkward entering and departing seaplane; not much information about where you're going and what folk do there.
Positive: unparalleled views of the coastal islands and surrounding waters; brief walks through odd/funky settlements; your travel companions will likely be well-educated Europeans who seek out this sort of high adventure.

I've been up and down the coast in seaplanes so the experience was one of remembrance and nostalgia rather than one of jaw-dropping vistas unforgettable experiences. We went to three different coastal settlements (can't really call any of them towns - some had a post office (or "post closet" was more like it) and perhaps a sometime-general-store but little more. So you got 4 take-offs and 4 landings and lots of low-level flying in between. The plane (a Dehavilland Beaver) seated the pilot and 6 passengers and seats were rotated so good and "less good" seats were shared among all. A terse rundown of the day's itinerary preceded the flight so you had an opportunity to ask questions. The whole flight took something less than
2 1/2 hours. Parking on the road outside the Coralair base was free. It appeared that a very good time was had by all passengers.
Written September 27, 2017
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Diane L
Ross, Australia255 contributions
Jul. 2017 • Couples
My husband is a bit of an aviation "nut", so when planning our trip I searched for flying experiences and stumbled across the Corilair Mail Flights operating out of Campbell River.
We joined four other passengers on a lovely sunny day for our flight. Our four take offs and landings on the water were smooth and there was only a very little turbulence during the flight. The views were breathtaking and we enjoyed visiting the small communities on the various gulf islands.
The only improvement would be an improved commentary from the pilot - we all had headsets, but the pilot only spoke to us when we arrived at each destination giving us a brief description of each island.
If you love flying and expecially vintage aircarft, you will love this flight.
Written August 21, 2017
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