Helijet to the Fairmont Empress in Victoria ( AFAR.com)

I had a seamless trip on Helijet. One moment I was standing on my balcony at the sleek Fairmont Pacific Rim overlooking Coal Harbor and the next, with the help of Fairmont’s car service, I was climbing abourd a  Helijet taking off for the Fairmont Empress in Victoria.

Helijet and Fairmont are partners and it makes good sense as there are several Fairmont properties near the Vancouver, BC location and of course the grand Empress reigns on Vancouver Island. You can opt for a scheduled flight or charter the helicopter
( they have smaller craft too) for your own adventure. They also have charter jets.

The scenery is breathtaking as you pass over the waterways and little islands dotted with trees below. There is also plenty of boat and ship traffic to watch. I consider this a sightseeing tour as well as a viable way to travel- but you will have to bring your own map or chart as of course there is no tour commentary. Staff are very friendly and they provide transportation to the Empress and Waterfront Fairmont when you arrive.

Please pet Rotor the cat in residence at the Waterfront  base, while you enjoy your complementary cup of coffee or tea in the waiting area.

Visit website for reservations, special offers and packages with Fairmont.


About the Author:

Michelle is a freelance journalist specializing in luxury and experiential travel. Her readers number in the millions through her various online outlets and print magazines. She loves to explore a culture through their culture and food. "Sometimes, " she says , "luxury can be a shack on the beach with a sand floor and a ceiling of stars."

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