Get a Birds Eye View of Campbell River
Year after year and season after season, people from all over the world come to visit Campbell River, a destination full of adventure. We’re surrounded by beautiful and unique wildlife, stunning wilderness scenery, ocean, and rivers that make for the perfect places to fly-fish. But have you ever considered exploring this wondrous place by helicopter?
We chatted with Bastian Fleur, pilot and marketing manager for 49 North Helicopters, to give us the lowdown on what it’s like to see Campbell River and its surrounding areas from the sky, and why everyone should do it at least once in their lives. “I trained with 49 North Helicopters and realized there was a market place for adventure tourism that no one had truly packaged and marketed in the area yet,” Bastian says. “Therefore, I was able to create helicopter tours packages for the area, and it’s taken off ever since.”
Why seeing Campbell River from a helicopter is so special
Aerial views of any destination will always give you a totally new way of viewing a place—both literally and figuratively. And because of Campbell River’s characteristic wilderness terrain, views expereinced from a helicopter creates a truly magical experience. “The ocean, scenic mountain landscapes, and amazing forests are just minutes away,” Bastian says, “making Campbell River the perfect place for a helicopter trip!”
Must-see sites in Campbell River to see from the sky
“Seymour Narrows have one of the strongest currents in the world. It’s very impressive to see that from the sky, Elk Falls and the suspension bridge are also a must-see! And of course, Strathcona Provincial Park, which is the biggest park on Vancouver Island and the oldest one in B.C. All of these areas are unquie to Campbell River, and shouldn’t be missed.”
What separates Campbell River from other destinations on Vancouver Island?
According to Bastian, it’s the vast land and mountains of Campbell River that sets it apart from other areas on the island. “There is so much to explore just outside our door,” he says. The rugged, mountainous terrain along with various vantage points in the city to get the ultimate ocean views are unmatched.
Says Bastian: “Coming home from work and hopping in my Zodiac to explore the ocean is a common pastime for me. In the winter, I go skiing on Mount Washington or tour around Campbell River and area.”
What are Bastian’s favourite things to do in Campbell River?
While seeing the city from an aerial view is a spectacular experience, Bastian mentions that there are other ways to explore the city. When he’s not playing the role of pilot, he enjoys biking in the Beaver Lodge Lands, hiking around Campbell River, exploring the Discovery Islands by car and, maybe most importantly, “having a good beer and some food at the Beach Fire Brewery!”
Experience Bastian’s favourite views for yourself by hopping on a tour with 49 North Helicopters! Tours range from flying over the Discovery Islands, visiting the Comox Glacier or take it up a notch and arrange for a glacier paddle board. Whatever you can dream up these guys can do!