From a Floatplane
If you are traveling in British Columbia, particularly near the ocean or lakes, chances are you will hear the familiar drone of a floatplane. Looking up you might catch a glimpse of a lovely little floatplane. These planes have long been part of the fabric of this province.
Loggers, fishermen, miners and others working along the coast or in remote camps still rely on the nimble and capable floatplane to get them to and from work. These days there are commercial fleets of floatplanes that carry locals and tourists alike all around the province. In fact, B.C. is home to the largest floatplane company in North America.
The inspiration for "From A Floatplane" came from that feeling of freedom and pure wonder that flashes through your mind as the plane goes effortlessly where you cannot. With this "go anywhere" image we were able to name many of the iconic places and landmarks on the south coast. You will want to book the very next flight when you hear the line in the song that says, "I'm sure nothing looks the same from a floatplane."
From a Floatplane
Written by: Laurie Thain and Gord Maxwell
Riding along the seawall in the early morning light
I stopped to watch a floatplane
Winding up and taking flight.
And as I watched it clear the Lion's Gate and climb into the sky
I wondered what the coast would look like
From that floatplane flying by.
So I close my eyes
And dream of what I'd see
If I were flying free
In a floatplane
(Oh) It looks so heavenly to me
I’m sure nothing looks the same
From a floatplane
We could fly over Grouse Mountain
and circle back to English Bay
Through the heart of Vancouver
And Granville Island on our way
West across the Georgia Strait, islands and sea below
To Tofino or Victoria or anywhere you’d like to go.
Look down, there's a lighthouse.
Wow, look at all the sailboats!
The ferry boat looks like a toy.
What a picture-perfect day.
*Special thanks to our little float plane passengers: Brynn, Gracey, Logan.
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