Canada has many options when it comes to flight-seeing tours.
Canada’s scenic vistas are gorgeous from any angle, but seeing them from the air allows you to appreciate them even more.It’s one thing to see northern landscapes from the window seat of a commercial airliner, but it’s an entirely different experience to fly up close in a small plane or helicopter to really see some of this country’s most thrilling sights.To inspire you to book a flight-seeing tour of your own, here are some of our favourite aerial experiences in Canada:See Parliament Hill from a biplane (Ottawa, Ontario)Most flight tours are going to take you up in the air in some generic Cessna, but at Ottawa Biplane Adventures, you get to fly in the open cockpit of a 1940 Waco biplane. Flights are only about 15 minutes long, but it’s hard to beat the experience of wearing a leather flying cap with matching goggles and feeling the rush of air in your face. Your flight will take you over downtown Ottawa to get a good look at the Parliament buildings then return to where the flights departs, the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, where you can #avgeek out on the country’s finest collection of historic aircraft.https://ottawabiplane.wixsite.com/biplaneadventuresFly above the glaciers of Kluane National Park (Haines Junction, Yukon)It’s highly unlikely you’ll ever get to climb Canada’s tallest mountain, Mount Logan, but you can definitely fly above it with Kluane Glacier Air Tours. This operator takes visitors on flights above the thrilling landscapes of Kluane National Park all year round. In addition to the jaw-dropping mountain vistas, you get to marvel at incredible scenes of the park’s glaciers that make up the world’s largest non-polar ice fields. It’s an amazing experience any time of year, but the flights are even more spectacular in winter.https://kluaneglacierairtours.com/Zoom past the Thousand Islands in a helicopter (Gananoque, Ontario)On the St. Lawrence River, halfway between Toronto and Montreal, are the Thousand Islands. It is a region of stunning natural beauty that has attracted tourists long before the Wright Brothers took to the sky. While most visitors experience the islands by boat, 1000 Helicopter Tours gives you a unique perspective of the castle-like summer homes that were built here during the gilded age when it was the playground of the continent’s rich and famous.https://fly1000islands.ca/Climb a mountain without breaking a sweat (British Columbia)Virgin powder is the holy grail for all skiers and one of the most amazing ways to experience it is by heli-skiing which, as the name suggests, is the practice of flying to the top of remote mountains in a helicopter in order to ski the rest of the way down. CMH pioneered the practice and continues to bring people up into the mountain backcountry of British Columbia’s Cariboos and Bugaboos in the summertime to go heli-hiking. While the end goal is getting to hike remote alpine regions, the view you get from the helicopter window on the way up is unparalleled.https://www.cmhheli.com/Cross over Niagara Falls without getting wet (Niagara Falls, Ontario)It’s definitely worth it to get up close to the base of Niagara Falls on a boat tour to hear the water’s roar and be soaked by the mist, but the only way to get a real sense of the vast scale of Horseshoe Falls is from above. If you book the Grand Niagara Air Tour with Niagara Air Tours, not only will you get to admire the Canadian side of the falls, but you will get to see the American falls and continue up to Niagara-on-the-Lake then to St. Catharines and back to Niagara Falls on a 30-minute flight that reveals the beauty of one of Canada’s most popular tourist regions.https://niagaraairtours.com/See the sights from a floatplane (Vancouver, British Columbia)Commuting between cities in Canada by plane is a relatively common experience, but the only place you get to do it in a seaplane is in British Columbia. Harbour Air, the world’s largest seaplane airline, not only has regularly-scheduled flights between Vancouver and Victoria, but flies to a number of other destinations like Nanaimo, Whistler and even Seattle. While a scheduled seaplane flight is a great flying experience, if you don’t actually need to go anywhere, Harbour Air can still give you the seaplane experience with one of the flight-seeing tours it offers out of many of the airports it flies from.https://www.harbourair.com/Fly over an iceberg (Twillingate, Newfoundland)Sure, you can see an iceberg on a boat tour, but you’ll only get to see the proverbial tip. From the air, not only will you get to see a lot more of that iceberg, but you’ll get to travel a lot further and see even more icebergs. From May to August, chunks of Greenland’s glaciers float down Iceberg Alley past Newfoundland. One of the best places in the province to witness them is Twillingate. It’s here that Twillingate Heli-Tours can take you over the ocean to see these majestic chunks glacial ice and along the way show you whales, seabirds and other forms of marine life, not to mention the colourful scenery of the Newfoundland coast.http://www.helitours.info/Do you have a favourite Canadian flight-seeing tour? Let us know about it in the comments.– Mark Stachiew is a Montreal-based freelance writer who shares travel news and tips at http://www.stachiew.com and curates a collection of cool travel gear at http://www.jetsetgeneration.com.Related