Best of Nova Scotia
With more than 7000 kilometres of spectacular shoreline, Nova Scotia is Canada’s ocean playground. From high above it becomes clear why this province is also known as one of the country's most scenic wonders. From highlands to remote beaches, this tour slowly reveals the region's cultural and geographic story. Travelling along the scenic Margaree River, the land rises up to a 400-million-year-old tectonic plate collision. On the scenic Bay of Fundy, the cliffs of Joggins contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. And finally, in the hills of Cape Breton, the ancient Gaelic tongue makes a cultural resurgence centuries after it first arrived on these incredible shores.
South Shore, Nova Scotia
Nowhere is the mystery and magic of Canada’s Maritime past, present, and future better showcased than along Nova Scotia’s southern coastline. From the industrial city of Halifax to the remote and historic Acadian shore, this aerial tour presents an abundance of natural treasures from above. The seaside settlements of Chester and Lunenburg mark some of the region’s most picturesque towns, and further south, the UFO sightings of Shag Harbour continue to baffle experts. But it's this shoreline’s natural wonders, from the rocks at Peggy’s Cove to Ovens Natural Park, that make this region known worldwide.
Eastern Shore, Nova Scotia
An exploration of Nova Scotia’s eastern Atlantic coastline tells the tale of hundreds of years of conflict between the French and English in the New World. From the air, the restored fortress of Louisbourg is a marvel. It's also a gateway to the awe-inspiring southern coast of Cape Breton Island. The stunning cliffs and military ruins at Gabarus Bay and Grassy Island continue to reveal this wartime legacy. Cached within this bleak landscape, we find white-sand beaches and some of the best waves the North Atlantic has to offer. Once we reach Halifax, the metropolitan centre of Eastern Canada, this journey is near complete.
Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia
An aerial exploration over Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy begins and ends with incredible natural beauty. Born out of a massive volcanic eruption millions of years ago, this coastline was shaped by ice-age glaciers, and it continues to be molded by the world’s highest tides. This legacy has built a stunning set of geological marvels rising from the sea, including Cape D’or, Cape Split, and Five Islands. The Bay of Fundy is also a cultural hotbed, serving as the homeland of France’s Acadian settlers for more than 400 years.
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton Island is the 77th largest island in the world, but the magic of its coastlines certainly boost its presence. Five moose per square kilometre roam freely on this incredible, untouched stretch of the Atlantic coast. Connected by the nearly 300-kilometre Cabot trail, the towns and villages in this region boast a unique cultural story. Many of the residents here are descendants of Gaelic settlers from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the region's people provide a lasting legacy through the language, literature, and music that still thrives along this coast.
The waters of the Northumberland Strait are the warmest north of Virgini, and this sheltered inlet of the Atlantic is home to some of the region’s most incredible coasts. We soar above scenic farmland, wondrous salt marshes, and the historic industrial towns along the Northumberland Strait. The 130-kilometre-long Confederation Bridge is an engineering marvel that leads to gorgeous Prince Edward Island, which has become famous for its red-mud cliffs and miles of sandy beaches. It is incredible geographic diversity on one of the world’s favourite islands.
Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
The Bay of Fundy and its tributaries along the New Brunswick coastline reveal a long and storied relationship between Canada and the United States. From Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland to Saint John’s Carleton Martello Tower, we see the remains of incredible fortifications that were once used to defend against 18th and 19th century attacks from the south. A loyalist settlement still thriving centuries later, the city of Saint John is perhaps the greatest monument of this era. And with some of the highest tides in the world, the Bay of Fundy continues to shape the striking scenery surrounding it.
This journey to the edge of Canada ends where the waters of the St. Lawrence River empty into the Atlantic Ocean. The contours of this coast, which form the Gaspé Peninsula, are known throughout the world for their incredible remote beauty. Starting with the picturesque coastal towns of Matanie and Metis sur Mer, the landscape here slowly rises and farmland is replaced by striking mountain ranges. See the formidable cliff faces that rise high above rough waters, and the pods of blue whales that swim freely far below.
Eastern Shore, New Brunswick
A journey above New Brunswick’s eastern coastline begins inland on the Restigouche River. This sheltered body of water, which leads to the incredible Baie de Chaleur, offers some of the region’s best sport-fishing and recreation. Then we soar over Kouchibouguac National Park, a natural wonder full of bogs, tidal rivers, wildlife, and salt marshes set against tall forests and the 25 kilometers of stunning sand dunes that run along this remote coast. Further along in this journey civilization returns at the coastal towns of Shediac and Parlee Beach, which lead to the famous Confederation Bridge.
Canada's Southern Boundry
With Washington State’s Olympic Mountain Range as a backdrop, this incredible journey passes through Victoria, which is considered one of the most beautiful cities in North America. The spectacular waters of the Salish Sea that surrounds the city lead north to beautiful Salt Spring Island and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. This southern tip of Vancouver Island is packed with adventure and mystery, including sea caves, marine life, and coastal forests, along with a number of man-made historic wonders such as Race Rocks Lighthouse and Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site.
Vancouver Island's Eastern Coastline
Traveling along Vancouver Island's eastern coast is a 200-kilometre journey along one of Canada’s most spectacular waterways, and both land and sea are bursting with life. From Nanaimo to Campbell River, the towns and settlements along this coast are steeped in culture and history, and some of the world’s most beautiful islands — Denman, Hornby, and Quadra — are only a short ferry ride away. Along the coast we also visit Discovery Passage, a key navigation route enjoyed by Mariners around the world, and learn about its dangerous past. Further inland, Vancouver Island is a world unto its own, offering rugged scenery that includes 800-year-old Douglas firs and soaring mountain peaks.
Vancouver Island's Northern Coastline
From the tiny outpost of Telegraph Cove, sea lions, dolphins, humpback whales, and other awe-inspiring sea life mark the beginning of a rare journey along one of the world’s most remote and barren marine perimetres. A cultural story also thrives just kilometres away: On Cormorant Island, in the community of Alert Bay, the U’Mista Cultural Centre holds a collection of ceremonial masks that tell the story of the Namgis people. And in Alert Bay’s ceremonial longhouse, traditional dance continues to flourish. This aerial tour comes to an end beyond the remote Cape Scott, where we pass over jagged rocks and incredible sea caves.
Vancouver Island's Western Coastline
Showcasing this region's unique coastal rainforest, this journey takes us through a collection of scenic towns, parks, and forest, including the charming surf town of Tofino, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. To the east, the town of Port Alberni holds a unique history as the heart of Vancouver Island’s natural resources industry and the site of a world-famous tsunami that changed the face of disaster relief in the region. Further north, the towering mountains and vast valleys of Strathcona Provincial Park remain one of this region’s most iconic landscapes.
This aerial exploration of BC’s lower mainland begins high above the rocky contours of the Fraser Canyon and follows the winding waters of the Fraser River. At the town of Chilliwack we head west, exploring the communities of Surrey and Fort Langley — the birthplace of British Columbia. To the south, we travel along Zero Avenue, a unique roadway that follows the 49th parallel. Residents on one side of the road live in America, residents on the other side live in Canada. As we head north, we come to one of the top-rated cities in the world — Vancouver. Here we explore the spectacular bridges, buildings, and parks set against the mountains that tower over this awesome cityscape.
Sea to Sky
As we head northwest from the city of Vancouver, the open waters of the Pacific become the sheltered waters of Howe Sound. Here the landscape rises and the world-famous Sea-to-Sky corridor comes to life. It is one of the West Coast’s most iconic landscapes, featuring Brunswick Mountain and Stawamus Chief Provincial Park. The cultural history of the region is revealed through the Brittania Beach Mine Museum and the West Coast Railway Association’s Heritage Park. This journey culminates further north at the cable cars and mountain bike trails of world-famous Whistler-Blackcomb.
From high above British Columbia’s Bowen and Gambier Islands, we begin an epic aerial exploration that follows the rugged contours of the Sunshine Coast. The town of Gibsons is one of Canada’s most iconic towns, and it was once the setting for one of the country’s longest running television programs, Beachcombers. Today, as the heart of the region’s forestry sector, the town continues to be a flurry of activity. Later in the journey, we reveal a different type of forestry altogether at the site of a Hydro Dam built decades ago. The trees, perfectly preserved for future harvest, are a spectacular sight from the air. Heading inland, our journey culminates at the breathtaking Princess Louisa Inlet, one of the West Coast's most hidden gems.
End of the Road
Starting in the town of Powell River, we head 20 kilometres northwest to the literal end of the road — Mile “0" of the Pacific Coastal Highway. Further along, we come to BC’s unique coastal inlets, which offer stunning vistas and sheltered waters for the pleasure crafts and ferries that supply some of BC’s remote communities. Moving inland, we find Mount Meager — a volcano with a violent geological past — and it's an impressive sight. At the end of the journey, we return to the Pacific to explore Stuart Island, the Octopus Islands, and a forgotten World War II defense installation on tiny Yorke Island.
Secrets of the Interior
Starting just off the coast of Vancouver Island, we head inland, following the contours of Knight Inlet. The surrounding mountain ranges are covered in snow and ice, but for how long? From high above, we explore Klinaklini Glacier, a landmark many scientists believe foreshadows the continued future of global warming and the inevitable loss of these ice-capped peaks. Heading back to the coast, we come to Calvert Island and the seldom-seen Hakai Protected Area. Then, as we head inland once more, wildlife photographer Ian McAllister sets out on an unforgettable journey through the winding waterways surrounding Denny Island and BC’s inland rainforests.
Bella Coola to Prince Rupert
Starting in the tiny town of Bella Coola, we begin an inland aerial journey west, exploring the towering Mount Saugstad and the spectacular blue waters of Queen Charlotte Sound. Further west, Cascade Inlet leads to the community of Bella Bella and then the Great Bear Rainforest. Heading North, the incredible mountain ranges of the Kitlope Heritage Conservancy Protected Area and Foch Gitoyees Park lead to civilization in the towns of Kitimat and Terrace. From here we continue west, following the winding Skeena River to the town of Prince Rupert, and the rugged wildlife that surrounds it.
BC’s Northern Coastal Boundary
Beginning more than 100 kilometres inland, this rare aerial exploration of BC’s northern coastal boundary begins high above the incredible mountain peaks of Seven Sisters Provincial Park. As we head northwest, the landscape of Nisga’s Memorial Lava Bed Park is full of eerily coloured lava formations as far as the eye can see. Finally, at the Alaska border, we come to Salmon Glacier, which towers above the town of Stewart. Heading south, we trace the Canada-US border along the calm waters of the Portland Canal. And finally, we follow the contours of the Yellowhead Highway to the town of Powell River and its unique float-plane fleet.
Haida Gwaii North
Haida Gwaii is home to one of the world’s most remote and incredible landscapes. Soaring high above the scenic Yakoun River and Massett inlet, we head east to Rose Point, the entrance to Naikoon Provincial Park. Here miles of sandy beaches create a backdrop for the legends of the Haida people, who have inhabited this archipelago for thousands of years. At Queen Charlotte City we move west to the open waters of the Pacific. Then we head north to trace the remote western coastline of Graham Island. Flying just metres above it, we explore shipwrecks, sea lion colonies, the Langara Island Lighthouse, and the open waters beyond.
Haida Gwaii South
Starting at British Columbia’s mainland, we head west to the spectacular shores of Haida Gwaii. The Haida people’s cultural past is told through the town of Skidegate's residents, artists, chefs, and cultural interpreters. Heading south beyond the town of Sandspit, we explore the remote Moresby Island, which makes up most of the southern portion of Haida Gwaii. Here we explore the stunning landscape and unique geology of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. Traveling north along the archipelago’s southwest coast, the journey culminates with the breathtaking peaks of the San Christoval mountain range.