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Take a Gorgeous Flight Over Southern Vancouver Island [Video]

With all this dreary, wet, rainy weather, it’s hard to believe that scarcely 2 months ago it was still gorgeous and sunny. I watched this video last night and was instantly warmed as I smiled from ear to ear at the sheer awesomeness of this rock we call home. This video is from a Nanaimo-area pilot and is an 18-minute account of his one-and-a-half-hour flight from Nanaimo airport, south over the Gulf Islands, up the Saanich Peninsula to Victoria, out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca past Sooke and Jordan River, and finally hanging a right at Nitinat Lake and following it towards Cowichan Lake and Copper Canyon towards home.

If you’re short on time, I’d recommend skipping to the middle/end of the video. You can see East Sooke starting about 7 minutes in, and then it goes on to Sooke, Jordan River and Port Renfrew. The last 6 or so minutes are spectacular, with a lower-level flight over Nitinat, Cowichan, and Copper Canyon. The video was shot on October 4 of this year, which according to my weather station, had a high of 23 degrees!

I dare you to watch this and not be in a better mood. Make sure you watch it full screen and hit the HD button if it’s not already active!

EDIT – Apparently embedding is now a premium feature on Vimeo – so you’ll have to watch the video here.



  • Mike

    Awesome, thx for sharing!

  • This is a phenomenal video – thanks for sharing!! What a beautiful part of the world we live in!!

  • IceBear Studios

    Great video folks, well photographed, love the music, love our island!

  • WhistleBlower69

    Thanks to John Veale and Tim Ayres for spotlighting our home, all of it. Felt real good.

  • Bcprairiegirl

    Is there a way to watch the video now? I’m about a month late (#wcv13)

    • Ugh – Vimeo doesn’t allow embedding for all videos! That sucks and is another reason you should just use YouTube! You can view the video here: