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Tofino Air offering up a new flying experience

July 14, 2014, Sechelt, B.C. - Tofino Air, a locally owned and operated company since 1989, is taking a different approach to business by marketing to tourists seeking a West Coast "experience" aboard an iconic DeHavilland Beaver.

July 14, 2014  By Carey Fredericks

Tofino Air, located on the Sunshine Coast of BC, recently brought on board new General Manager Josh Ramsay who wants to bring back the excitement of flying and introduce travellers to some of Canada’s most beautiful scenery imaginable on B.C.’s "hidden gem," the Sunshine Coast.

Ramsay has been a part of the Sunshine Coast community for almost ten years and has more than 15 years flying experience with excellent knowledge of the West Coast terrain in and around the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. “I am passionate about flying and I find there are many travellers to the coast who very interested in our classic plane and its history. We want people to experience the Sunshine Coast by air where they have a birds eye views of rugged coastlines, wildlife and marine life…all these things that make the Sunshine Coast so spectacular”.

Tofino Air is a 100 per cent locally owned and operated company that has been providing safe travel for the Sunshine Coast community for over 25 years. Tofino Air originally started as a small logging transportation company to get workers to and from remote locations in and around the Sunshine Coast and beyond. In its early days the DeHavilland Beaver was used as a tool to move cargo including machine parts for logging equipment and logging trucks. The DeHavilland Beaver was first flown in August 1947 and was produced commercially until 1967. 1657 Beavers were made, many of these are still flying to this day including Tofino Air’s GFLT. This classic plane attracts visitors from around the globe with its ability for short landings and take offs it allows access to spectacular remote beaches and lakes.

Today, Tofino Air still provides charter services for logging companies working on projects up Sechelt Inlet but they also work with local visitor centres, resorts, hotels, the new Aboriginal  Eco Tours BC and B&B’s to bring local and international travellers seeking a West Coast adventure. Ramsay is working closely with the Aboriginal community researching the Sechelt (shíshálh) First Nation history to provide informative tours for visitors to the Coast who are interested in learning about First Nation’s heritage and its people.


Tofino Air passengers will soar over nearby islands and incredible coastlines in an iconic Canadian DeHavilland Beaver. View white sand beaches, snowcapped mountains and glacier lakes on the look-out for whales, porpoises and wildlife. The Sunshine Coast is one of Canada's most spectacular locations for outdoor adventure, wildlife and marine life viewing. Scenic flights are perfect for couples or families, it is the ultimate outdoor experience for those with an active or less active lifestyle. The Sunshine Coast is a natural hub for culture and tourism surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery and a natural seaside beauty that lends a special charm to the attractions and amenities.

Tofino Air provides scenic tours starting at $92 per person for visitors to the West Coast and for locals wishing to witness the West Coast’s spectacular scenery. Tofino Air services include: DAILY Scheduled service to and from Sechelt and Nanaimo, Charter services at competitive prices to and from Vancouver and Pat Bay (Victoria) as well as other destinations in and around the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. They also offer Freight services at affordable rates including the transportation of pets, fuel sales for boats, Frequent Flyer programs and FREE parking at our Sechelt Location.


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