The whole point of travelling is to get a new perspective on things right? What better way than from the air with a helicopter adventure tour of one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful areas on the continent. (Is jaw-droppingly a word? It is now.)
For a sea-to-sky trip that will leave you breathless, check-out the Mount Ursus Glacier Heli-Experience by Tofino’s Atleo River Air Services.
Imagine getting whisked away from sea level to alpine altitude complete with lunch…it doesn’t get more 007 than that! As high octane as it is mind-blowing, picture yourself taking in the spectacular views of Clayoquot Sound on the 25 mile flight rising to the majestic peaks of Mount Ursus where the south facing glaciers unfold before you like a welcoming 5,000 foot high white blanket.
The year round, two-hour tour includes time to explore the surprisingly warm alpine and circle back for a picnic lunch by our friends at RedCan Gourmet – view included.
A growing concern since 1995, Jason Bertin bought the Atleo River Air Services operation in 2000 and moved it to its new Tofino headquarters. A self-confessed operations guy, he spends his time behind the scenes ensuring Transport Canada’s requirements are met and exceeded. With five exemplary pilots on board, safety is paramount at Atleo. As Tofino’s only locally owned and operated airline, it was all about float planes until this year when Jason added a Bell 206 Jetranger helicopter to the fleet.
“We’re incredibly excited about our new heli-tours,” Jason declared. “I’ve been scouting out locales like Mount Ursus for over 13 years. Places you just can’t get to without a helicopter and now we can not only take guests from seaside to glacier in 15 minutes, we can show off some of the most spectacular sights on Vancouver Island.”
Our Resort Direct Stephen Peters – who’s not normally lost for words – seems to agree. After taking the heli-tour, he wide-eyed declared it “Simply unbelievable.”
Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just like sight-seeing, check “ultimate heli-tour” of your bucket-list during your next stay. Round-trip from Tofino for 4 people is $999; or $350 per person.
Call Guest Services at 1.800.565.2322 to help make your arrangements.