As a pilot I love aerial tours of placed I haven't visited - and especially in a seaplane. I've done a number of these tours over the years and have rarely paid for a ride that was for the full advertised duration. I could go into a lengthy discussion of how airplane costs are tracked using something called a "hobbs meter" but most people reading this review would find it boring. From the minute we pushed away from the dock to the minute we touched down we flew for exactly 16 minutes. When I booked the flight the reservation people assured me the tour was 20 minutes from the minute the pontoons left the water to the minute they touched down again. I signed my son, wife, and myself up for the tour for $315CAN - which comes to $15.75 / minute. If we got shorted 4 minutes, that's $63CAN. Getting shorted 4 minutes isn't a big deal - but when you're essentially paying by the minute, getting shorted 4 minutes is almost 20% of the total 20 minute flight time.
Bottom line - the advertising feels deceptive and the pilot even admitted they get in trouble for going over - which I understand. Definitely do one of these flights on a blue-bird day and just know you won't get a full 20 minutes. Set your expectations that you'll get 75% of what you've paid for - and you'll be alright.
The other upsides - the staff could not have been friendlier and it's a very professionally run operation. I felt very safe and I got to ride with the pilot - he was excellent.
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