Victoria’s harbour has been both witness and the beneficiary of the complete evolutionary history of sea transportation. She has experienced the dugout commuter and war canoes of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations to be joined by sail, then steam fueled first by coal then diesel, and finally by screw then jet driven vessels. The harbour has hosted the most utilitarian of craft to the luxury mega-yachts of the world’s voyaging elite.
From the days when a float plane landing was front page news the harbour has evolved to become Canada’s busiest seaplane airport served by the nation’s most sophisticated floating airport.
In 1986 Helijet became Canada’s first scheduled helicopter service with its Victoria – Vancouver route.
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