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Going Electric in the Skies

By Amanda Christensen

Harbour Air
Harbour Air’s ePlane’s inaugural flight || Courtesy of Harbour Air

Harbour Air began as a two-seaplane airline servicing the forestry industry along British Columbia’s coast in 1982. Today, the company is one of the largest all-seaplane airlines in the world and is a global leader in electrifying and testing zero-emission aircraft. Harbour Air’s ePlane project first began in 2019, and after 80 hours of successful flight time, the plane made its inaugural flight to downtown Vancouver for Earth Day on April 22, 2023. The flight marked a milestone in the testing and approval process for electric flying in Canada, as well as the start of Harbour Air’s ePlane Tour to showcase the future of sustainable flight throughout British Columbia. In May, the aircraft completed its first scheduled multipoint flight route from Richmond South to Salt Spring Island and Victoria Harbour.

Get attendees involved with Harbour Air through its must-do seaplane tours—available in Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Nanaimo, Richmond, Salt Spring Island, and Sechelt. The airline also offers shuttle services to and from airports in Richmond, Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, and Whistler for easy transportation on the ground.