Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pacific Coastal Airlines


When it's time for Margy to go meandering, the first step is to get from Powell River to Vancouver. And then when I'm through exploring, a reverse trip is necessary.


The easiest and quickest way to get to and from Powell River, BC, is by air. If you have your own airplane, you can fly into the Powell River Airport (CYPW). For most of us, the best choice is Pacific Coastal Airlines.


Pacific Coastal had its origins in Powell River. Powell Air Ltd. flew Convairs out of Vancouver and Powell River and float planes from the government dock on Powell Lake. In 1979 they merged with the Port Hardy division of AirBC creating Pacific Coastal Airlines. From these humble beginnings, Pacific Coastal now serves fourteen cities in BC from two hubs, Vancouver's South Terminal and Port Hardy.


Pacific Coastal's fleet of planes is matched with the destinations they serve. They include the Saab 340A (30 passenger turboprops), the Beechcraft 1900C (19 passenger turboprops), the Beechcraft King Air 200 (8 passenger twins), and the Grumman Goose and de Havilland Beaver (floatplanes). In addition to their scheduled runs they also provide customized charter services.



I catch Pacific Coastal at Vancouver International Airport's South Terminal. If you are arriving at the main terminal, they provide a courtesy shuttle service. Pick-up points include Pillar 2 on the international arrival level and outside doorway "F" on the domestic arrivals level.

I have a tradition when I arrive at the South Terminal. I stop at the Galiano Cafe for a Kokanee and a bite to eat while I wait for my plane. This counter restaurant provides excellent salads, sandwiches and my favourite, wonton soup. It's just the thing to tide me over before having dinner when I arrive in Powell River.


Pacific Coastal has a discount program for frequent fliers called Quick Pass.

Benefits for placing a deposit on account include: 20% discounted price, online booking, sharing with family and friends, and pre-boarding privileges.

Having Quick Pass really works out well for Wayne and me.



I know I'm almost home when I hear the co-pilot over the intercom, "Please fasten your seat belt, we are beginning our descent into Powell River. If anyone needs a taxi upon arrival, please raise your hand." Now that's service!

Come fly with Pacific Coastal Airlines and I hope your destination will be Powell River, Coast by Nature. -- Margy

8 comments :

  1. Oh Margy I'd love to visit Powell Rive. How lovely it must be there.

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    1. We came here on vacation and loved it so much we moved here. - Maryg

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  2. A wonderful serie! Happy SWF to you!

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    1. Thanks. Sky watching is a lot of fun, I love looking up to see what the sky and weather are doing. - Margy

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  3. It is on our list of places to visit although we will likely just take the ferry. Some excellent kayaking areas over there!

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    1. If you do come over let me know. I'd love to meet you in person. We have lots of sea and lake kayaking spots. You can find a few of them on my other blog. - Margy

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  4. A useful set of information for prospective travellers in that region Margy - well done. Helpful interior shots too. (Thank you for visiting my blog)

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    1. When I plan to travel I love to find out information ahead of time. - Margy

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Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy