Sunday, June 7, 2015

West Coast Flying

After his time in Kenora, the North West Territories, and a winter in Fiji, Will found a year-round float plane flying job with Harbour Air in Prince Rupert, on the northern coast of B.C.

Again he was flying guests and supplies into fishing lodges and other communities along the coast.  Some pretty spectacular scenery here.

Also a lot of tricky float plane flying, because you're often taking off and landing on the Pacific Ocean swells.

The base in Prince Rupert is just south of the southern end of the Alaska Panhandle, so I'm sure he flew into Alaska often, as well as northern B.C.

And this is where we had our own only flight with him, when he flew us out to Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands).  This is Rose Point, on the far northeast corner of Graham Island.

And a sunset out of Prince Rupert.  I think this was Will's favourite part of the country.  He returned here to live on Haida Gwaii for the past two winters, spending his time hunting and fishing and visiting friends.

14 comments:

  1. Bitter sweet for you to publish Will's beautiful photos, but with his name on every one, we can see where he worked and lived, and loved those areas so much. Again, thanks so very much for sharing these. A privilege for every one of us, not taken for granted at all, but an honour.

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  2. I am late to the game, Furry.....I am so sorry for your loss....he must have been a wonderful man....my sincere condolences to you and your family....
    I was in the Maritimes, and met the lovely Pam Gordon there....

    Linda

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  3. What an incredibly beautiful place I am so enjoying seeing these sights through the lens of your talented son. I too am grateful that you are willing to share these with me.

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  4. Stunning. I thought of the young man who flew us into Taku Lodge and thought of your son. It was such an adventure for us. I'm sure his flights gave others lifetime memories.

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  5. Your Son lived the dream of so many young air enthusiasts who could only watch from afar as those oh so talented & dedicated flyers found a way to make their own dreams come true.

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  6. Such spectacular landscapes! I'm really enjoying your sons photos.

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  7. You remind me about landing on a swell. The first time it didn't go well. It was a little scary. Will had many great experiences with his float plane. I'm glad he shared them with you.

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  8. What a wonderful set of photos. Your son had quite the eye for capturing scenes.

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  9. More beautiful photos. The sunset is fabulous.

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  10. WOW the pictures are gorgeous!!

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  11. Spectacular shots- I think he saw the best of the country.

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  12. what a beautiful area this is.

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