CANADA 2019
VANCOUVER SEAPLANES

 

Photos © Ruud Leeuw

Not the first time I travelled these parts of Canada, British Colombia and Alberta, but pleasant memories of (a.o.) 2007 and 2010 made me return.
Due to the amount of airframes photographed I split my report in 3 webpages.
It was again a mix of planes and other interests, but quite a bit did not work out. All in all I am satisfied with the number of (bush)planes I came across and people I met. The weather was a handicap most days, by far more rainy days than sunny days or even dry spells, but we have to take that as it comes.
The visits depicted here were on Oct08-10th and we stayed in each location for about 1hr30. The photos from Stanley Park were madeduring a walk, I did not take up a specific position here..
The 18-day trip  ended with a flight out of Vancouver on Oct. 12th. Check out the other pages, there's plenty to see, links at bottom page.
I hope you'll enjoy my report as much as I had fun watching the activities at both seaplane bases here.

To bottom page

 

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)

DHC-2 at Vancouver, YVR-South
DHC-2 Beaver, C-FGQF (c/n 81)
Also pictured on 18Sep10 here at YVR-South in a similar condition; history described on that page.
Who or what is 839901 Alberta Inc. (of Calgary,AB) who had C-FGQF registered on 28Aug00 (and again 08Mar06).

DHC-6 N167WC
DHC-6 N167WC (c/n 343) of Washington Corporations (R28Jul93).
Something to do with this 'YVR Testing Facility'?


 

Vancouver (YVR) South Seaplane Base (2019)
Beavers C-FIFQ (North Pacific titles) and C-FFHQ (Harbour Air) at Vancouver-South.
Both were portrayed like this on Neil Aird's DHC-2.com website in Oct.2018; a year has gone past and they are
obviously surplus to requirements at the moment.

DHC-2 C-FIFQ (c/n 825) history from Neil Aird's DHC-2.com website-
CF-IFQ Left paint shop 25-May-1955. Delivered 02-Sep-1955 to Canadian Forest Products Ltd., Vancouver, BC. .
CF-IFQ BC Air Lines Ltd., Vancouver, BC. Circa 1967-1969.
CF-IFQ AirWest Airlines, Richmond, Vancouver, BC. Regd at least prior to Cert of Airworthiness renewal dated 31-05-1970. Canx prior to Cert of Airworthiness renewal dated 21-Jun-1973.
To Alert Bay Air Services, Campbell River, BC. Reg'd prior to Certificate of Airworthiness renewal dated 21-Jun-1973. Canx date unknown.
Now reg'd C-FIFQ for Air BC Ltd., Richmond, Vancouver, BC. On CCAR as at May-1981.
To Jim Pattison Industries Ltd., Vancouver, BC. Based Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Canx 02-Jun-1988.
To Trans-Provincial Airlines Ltd., Prince Rupert, BC. Regd 18-Dec-1990. Canx 13-May-1993.
To Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC. Regd 13-May-1993. Canx 10-Feb-2004.
To North Pacific Seaplanes, Prince Rupert, BC. Regd 10-Feb-2004. Canx 05-Apr-2013
Still C-FIFQ, to Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC. Regd 05-Apr-2013.
Hopefully it will get to see better days.


https://www.dhc-2.com/id233.htm
DHC-2 Beaver, C-FIFQ (c/n 825) - history described above.

DHC-2 C-FFHQ

C-FFHQ from DHC-2.com-
C/n 42 was delivered brand new as CF-FHQ to H. F. McLean of Merrickville, ON on 18Mar1949. Afterwards it was operated by Transair Ltd, Northland Airlines and Norcanair/North Canada Air.
During these early stage of its carerr, into the 1960s, it met with 3 accidents!
Registration format changed prior to June 1976.
As C-FFHQ it was reg'd to Stoney Rapids Hotel Inc.,SK (date?).
Under the same registration it operated for many: Dawn Air (La Ronge,SK) - Athabaska Airways Ltd. - Nahanni Air Services - North Wright Air Ltd - Seemore Air Services Ltd - Wayco Aviation Ltd - North Pacific Seaplanes Ltd. and while it had also operated for Harbour Air (Prince Rupert,BC) it was there it ended up with in the end: reg'd 14Mar2005.
Hopefully it hasn't yet ended its career just yet.

Vancouver (YVR) South Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-2 C-FPCG (c/n 1000) of Seair Seaplanes Ltd. R20Jul1990. [www.dhc-2.com]

CF-PCG was a demonstrator for de Havilland Aircraft of Downsview, Ontario. Delivered 14Nov1956 and operated until circa 1969.
Presented to Phil Garratt (Note initials used for registration) who used the aircraft until 1977 when it was then advertised for sale by de Havilland Canada.
It was damaged during an accident on 27Jul1964. When operating as an amphibian a water landing was attempted with the wheel down.
One passenger suffered minor injury and the aircraft suffered substantial damage.

CF-PCG registration changed format changed prior 30Sep1978 to C-FPCG.

Reg'd to Collingwood Air Service, Collingwood, ON. before Certificate of Airworthiness renewal dated 14-Dec-1978 until Aug-1981.
Reg'd N9775S Regd 13-Aug-1981. On Dec-1995 USCAR with no detail. Canx from FAA records on 18-May-2011 as expired.

Another accident on 27Sep83. Left pontoon struck a submerged object on water landing. Impact put a hole in pontoon. Plane rolled over and sank.

Reg'd N188JM but details unknown. Canx 01Jul1988. On FAA registry but no data.
Imported into Canada. C-FPCG Reg'd 11Jul1988.
C-FPCG reg'd 17Nov1988 to Pacific Aircraft Salvage Inc. of Vancouver,BC. Canx 06Sep1988.
To Oakley Air Ltd., Vancouver, BC. for 08May89 - 20Jul90.
Finally to Seair Seaplanes Ltd. of Richmond,BC. per 20Jul90 and again on 14Jun2001.

 

Vancouver (YVR) South Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-2 C-FOCN (c/n 44); unknown owner/operator. [dhc-2.com]
Reg'd 02Sep2016 to Silver Mountain Commercial Distributors Ltd but registration cancelled per 27Jul2019!
Vancouver (YVR) South Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-2, C-FOCN (c/n 44). Evidently in business!

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
DHC-2 Beaver, C-FOCN gaining speed, the pistons straining for power to unstick from the water.

Vancouver (YVR) South Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-3T C-FHAD/315 (c/n 119) of Harbour Air. Ex/ N81FW.

Vancouver (YVR) South Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-2 C-GTBQ/216 (c/n 1316) of Saltspring Air. R23Jun2011.
Ex/ Baxter Aviation, went to new owner West Coast Air Ltd, Nanaima,BC (R17May07).

Vancouver (YVR) South Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-2 C-FUVQ (c/n 696) of Sunshine Coast Air. R04Aug2015.
Previously reg'd (26Jul10) to Pacific Coastal Airlines.

Vancouver (YVR) South Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-3T C-GHAR/308 (c/n 42) of Harbour Air. In my CANADA 2010 still in yellow HA c/s.

Vancouver (YVR) South Seaplane Base (2019)
Beaver C-FZZJ seen here on finals.

Vancouver (YVR) South Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-2 C-FZZJ (c/n 1019) of Seair Seaplanes Ltd. Owner Registered since 07Jul2017.
Another photo on bottom of this page.

Vancouver (YVR) South Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-FHAX/313 approaching the dock

Vancouver (YVR) South Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-FHAX/313 (c/n 339) of Harbour Air.

Vancouver (YVR) South Seaplane Base (2019)

 

 

Vancouver Harbour Water Aerodrome (CXH / CYHC) a.k.a. Coal Harbour

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-2, C-FGIB (c/n 6). R03Jun19 '1158792 B. C. Ltd'. (Operator?)
[DHC-2.com]

Vancouver North Seaplane Base
Vancouver Harbour Water Aerodrome (CXH), often referred to as Coal Harbour Seaplane Base.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
Sunny days were rare on this 18-day trip, grateful but very cold here this day.
Warmed ourselves inside Dutch Pannekoeken House!

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-FITF/303 (c/n 89) of Harbour Air. Reg'd 02Jun04.


Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
Very popular here with HA: the Vazar-turbine DHC-3!

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
Turbine Otters C-FLAP/319 (c/n 289; R19Sep11) and C-FRNO/301 (c/n 21; R13May93)

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-2, C-FPCG (c/n 1000) of Seair Seaplanes Ltd. The 1000th Beaver produced!

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-2, C-FPCG (c/n 1000) of Seair Seaplanes Ltd.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-2, C-GTBQ/215 (c/n 1316) of Saltspring Air

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-2, C-FJBP/217 (c/n 942) of Whistler Air (note '17' also on the leading edge) [DHC-2.com]

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
DHC-6-300 Twin Otter ('Twotter'), C-GFHA/610 (c/n 779) of Harbour Air (R08Feb18)

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
Turbo Otter C-GOPP/305 and Twin Otter C-GFHA/610

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-GOPP/305 - evidently undergoing some maintenance.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-GOPP/305 (c/n 355) of Harbour Air. In 2010 sighted still in a yellow HA livery.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
Look at that!

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-2, C-GOLC/221 (c/n 1392) of Harbour Air - [DHC-2.com]

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
Beaver C-GOLC/221 awaiting its next assignment.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-FRNO/301 (c/n 21) of Harbour Air. R13May93.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-FHAJ/314 (c/n 406) of Harbour Air. R31Jul12.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-GVNL/304 (c/n 105) of Harbour with 'Fairmont'-titles. R20Feb08.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-GLCP/311 (c/n 422) of Harbour Air. R12Jan01.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-2, C-GMKP/222 (c/n 1374) of Harbour Air. R15May12. [DHC-2.com]

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
Beaver C-GMKP/222 (c/n 1374) of Harbour Air, awaiting its next 'payload'.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
Up and away!

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-FHAD/315 (c/n 119) of Harbour Air. R01Dec01.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-FHAD/315 of Harbour Air

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
The frequent (short) sorties allow photos in various stages of arrival or departure.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
View from Stanley Park

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-GHAG/317 (c/n 214) of Harbour Air. R20Jun11.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-GHAS/310 (c/n 284) of Harbour Air. R24Mar03.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
Such fun to watch the activities here at Coal Harbour Water Aerodrome!

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
C-FITF/303 and C-FJBP/217, resp. of of Harbour Air and Whistler Air

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
What a line up!

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-FLAP/319 (c/n 289) of Saltspring Air. Crew in the cockpit, departing soon.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-FLAP/319 (c/n 289) of Saltspring Air. R19Sep11 (Harbour Air).

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-FLAP/319 (c/n 289) of Saltspring Air.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-GHAG/317 (c/n 214) of Harbour Air

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-FIUZ/306 (c/n 135) of Harbour Air. R28Mar01.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
Turbo Beaver with the snarky shark nose..

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-2T, C-GDTB (c/n 1672-TB-42) of Pacific Sky Aviation Inc., reg'd 23May13.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
C-GHAG/317 and C-GOLC/221, both of Harbour Air

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-GHAS/310 (c/n 284) shortly after touching down on the water.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019
Splash! DHC-6 Twin Otter, C-GFHA/610 of Harbour Air, making waves.

Vancouver Harbour Seaplane Base (CXH) - 2019

A good place to park the car is Burrard Landing, brings you right to Coal Harbour and restaurants.


 

 

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-2, C-GOBC (c/n 1560; 'GO B.C.!') of Seair Seaplanes Ltd. R27Aug07 [www.dhc-2.com]

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-2, C-FZZJ (c/n 1019) of Seair Seaplanes Ltd. R07Jul17.
[DHC-2.com]

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
DHC-2 Beaver, C-FZZJ (c/n 1019) of Seair Seaplanes Ltd. (Reg'd 07Jul17).

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-2T, C-FPMA (c/n 1625 TB15 ) of Seair Seaplanes Ltd. (R27Jun03).
[www.dhc-2.com]

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-2, C-FAXI (c/n 1514) of Saltspring Air (R27Apr89 to Harbour Air).
[DHC-2.com]

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver, C-FAXI/205 of Saltspring Air zooming past! Nice to hear those pistons roar!

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-GHAR (c/n 42) of Harbour Air (R19Jan06)

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
Turbine-Otter DHC-3T, C-GHAR/308 speeding past. Note the prop trails!

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-FHAA (c/n 357) of Harbour Air (R12Jun06)

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
Turbine Otter DHC-3T, C-GLCP/311 here with its door open to welcome the next group of passengers.

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-GLCP/311 (c/n 422), pushed away from the dock, getting on its way.

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-GLCP/311 gaining speed quickly and soon airborne.

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
C-FVOL is a Quest Kodiak 1000, c/n 0187. Privately owned, reg'd 26Oct2016.
A bit of an ugly duckling here, if you ask me!

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-FHAJ/314 (c/n 406) of Harbour Air, going...

... and coming back.
Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-3T, C-FHAJ/314.

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver C-GFDI/224 taxies to the dock.

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver, C-GFDI/224 (c/n 606) of Harbour Air, R15May12.
[DHC-2.com]

Richmond (YVR South) Seaplane Base (2019)
Nice detail in the Flying Beaver Bar & Grill

 

CANADA 2019
RED DEER 2019 - AIR SPRAY & BUFFALO AIRWAYS
VANCOUVER SEAPLANES 2019

 
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