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Victoria Inner Harbour Airport – Spotting Guide
Victoria Inner Harbour Airport (IATA: YWH, ICAO: CYWH) is an airport for water planes only and is located right at the waterfront of Downtown Victoria, BC. Currently there are two airlines operating from Victoria. The local Harbour Air offers schedule flights to Vancouver Harbour and various smaller locations in the region plus sightseeing and charter flights. Kenmore Air is the second operator, offering daily flights to Seattle. Harbour Air’s link to Vancouver Harbour Water Airport is Canada’s busiest air route by number of weekly flights. Due to COVID-19 pandemice, the services have been temporarily suspended!
Due to its closeness to Downtown Victora, spotting around YWH is pretty easy as you can walk to every location, all of which offer unforgettable views.
Written by Thomas Ingendorn. Last update: Summer 2021
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|–||There is no designated runway|
|Terminals||One terminal handling all flights|
|Ladder||Not needed at any spot.|
|Car/Public Transport||Not needed as you can easily walk to the spots from Downtown Victoria.|
|Drinks/Food||Directly available at spot 1 or in Downtown.|
|Hotels||There are plenty of hotels around the harbour with nice views of the action on the water.|
|Season||We recommend to go there in the summer months. Not just because of the weather only but more movements are taking place in this season.|
|General Info||In general the planes either approach from the south or from the north by following the water. At the graphic describes the situation pretty good.|
|Spot #1 – Seaplane Terminal|
|WHERE||The first spot is right at downtown VIctora at Wharf St where the seaplane terminal is situated. It is at the Inner Harbour which is pretty easy to find. The best option for taking pictures is to go to a dock a bit south of the seaplane terminal. But in general you can stand everywhere around the terminal, even from the higher Wharf St.|
|WHAT||You can photograph the traffic to and from the floating docks.|
|TIME||Depends a bit on the angle but the best time is in the morning hours.|
|MISC.||Everything you need is just around the corner. Restaurants, Hotels, Supermarkets etc..|
|Spot #2 – David Foster Way|
|WHERE||There is some kind of ‘boardwalk’ around a hotel called Inn at Laurel Point. This spot is also very easy to reach from downtown. Just walk to the ferry terminals and after you have passed it you will see the hotel infront of you. Now you can walk the path down to the water. Now find your prefered postion along the David Foster Way.
If you approach by car park along Belleville St..
|WHAT||This is the best location as you won`t miss a single movement. All planes will pass by on their way from the terminal to the runway and vice versa.
Seaplanes parked at the floating docks in the far distance can be seen as well.
|TIME||You can stand here for almost the whole day. Only in the summer it will be backlit in the evening.|
|MISC.||A nice place with some trees and benches to relax. The hotel itself offers rooms with a nice view of the water action. Everything else can be found in the nearby downtown.|
|Spot #3 – Songhees Point|
|WHERE||Songhees Point is some kind of a rock hill which is a popular spot for tourists as you have a nice view of the harbour and the skyline of Downton Victoria from here. It is once again pretty easy to reach from Downton. Cross the Inner Harbour on the Johnson Street Bridge and then go down to the water and walk until the Songhees Point. Parking is available directly at the location.|
|WHAT||A very nice location if the seaplanes approaching from the north and banking right. But also all planes will pass by on their way from the terminal to the runway and vice versa.|
|TIME||Banking/approach shots can be made from afternoon. Seaplanes in the water can be photographed in the evening hours during the summer months.|
|MISC.||Here are just some benches to sit down and watch the beautiful scenery.|