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Victoria Harbour Water Airport

Posted by Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 20 January 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Victoria Harbour Water Airport (CYWH), certified in 2000, is the busiest water airport in Canada (third in the world) and busier than a significant number of certified Canadian land-based airports

Pentax K200D 1/350 second F/8.0 ISO 100 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

victoria | harbour | water | airport

Sorry I haven't been able to stop and visit. I lost the hard drive on my computer and decided it was time to buy a new one. Unfortunately it takes time to pump 3 Tb of data off of the old machine. Thank you very much for your visits and comments.


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Yvon from Orleans, France

toujours impressionnant de voir amérir un hydravion

20 Jan 2011 6:29am

@Yvon: Merci beaucoup, Yvon ! Oui, on dirait un miracle chaque fois ils décollage ou faire un atterrissage. ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful view of this water port. Nice composition, light and colours. Excellent Eric! :)

20 Jan 2011 10:11am

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! ;-)

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

great view and photo!
I haven´t ever seen such a plane in real life, but this machines are
very interesting and I like it, when they take off!
All the best!

20 Jan 2011 12:49pm

@klausZ: Thank you very much Klaus! These machines were developed in North America to allow planes to travel to the wilderness areas without having to build airports. In winter the pontoons can be fitted with skis so that they can land on snow..... ;-)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice picture. And thank you for interesting information.

20 Jan 2011 1:05pm

@Hiro: Thank you very much Hiro! ;-)

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Je suis toujours fascinée de voir ces hydravions se poser sur l'eau, belle image, bonne journée Eric !

20 Jan 2011 1:47pm

@Laur: Merci beaucoup Laurence! Oui, elles semblent toujours être qu'une longueur d'avance sur un désastre ! ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great shot of this sea plane! A water airport - fascinating info you provide here.

20 Jan 2011 2:07pm

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! ;-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Even though we live near water, this is something I don't get to see very often. Cool capture, Eric!

20 Jan 2011 2:08pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you very much Glenn! There is a lot more available land in Florida than on Vancouver Island! ;-)

Franz from Baden, Austria

i think living in such a wonderful environmen - which you have captured here very effectively - MUST add to one's quality of life considerably!

20 Jan 2011 2:36pm

@Franz: Thank you very much Franz! Yes, indeed there is a wonderful quality of life in this city.... ;-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I hope that tempers become better dear friend! A great gift with this image seaplane ... very good! A hug friend! Best regards Adela.

20 Jan 2011 3:03pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! ;-)

Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb photo with great light and very interesting .

20 Jan 2011 3:21pm

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene! ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

I only had seen a very little water airport in a lake at the north of Finland. This one is really great.

20 Jan 2011 3:57pm

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

neat. a familiar sight

20 Jan 2011 4:25pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much Jack! ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

ps - just found out that there had been a tragic death in your family. i am so sorry. love and peace to all of you

20 Jan 2011 4:35pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much Jack for your kind words..... ;-)

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente captura, color y detalle magnificos, muy buena!!

20 Jan 2011 4:50pm

@Isidro: Muchas gracias, Isidro! ;-)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Eric at first I thought this was Lake Washington down by Seattle...this is beautiful sir!
And please accept my apologies - I was totally unaware of your loss...I am so very sorry! Please know that I will keep you and Georgie in my heart and mind! May peace be with you...Denny

20 Jan 2011 6:00pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you very much Denny! Yes, a typical scene all along the Pacific Northwest..... ;-)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superbe image, j'aimerais bien prendre une fois un hydravion, il parait que c'est très doux quand l'avion décolle ou amerrit mon frère a du prendre celui-ci pour aller trouver sa fille dans le nord de Vancouver!

Désolée, je n'ai pas bien suivi et je ne sais pas qui est décédé, mais je tiens à transmettre à toi ainsi qu'à ta famille toute ma sympathie!

20 Jan 2011 6:28pm

@mo.langel: Merci beaucoup, Mo ! Oui, c'est un voyage très excitant que ces avions sont très petites et tout semble être très proche. ;-)


Je vous remercie pour vos souhaits de sympathie. Il est le père de ma belle-fille, qui meurt d'un cancer de la colonne vertébrale, à l'âge très jeune de 46.

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Wonderful information that I did not know, and I love the Canadian Flag
seemingly used as a marker in this port. Beautiful photo.

20 Jan 2011 6:50pm

@Phil David Morris: Thank you very much Phil! ;-)

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent capture!!!!!

20 Jan 2011 8:09pm

@Lalena: Thank you very much Lalena! ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5****

20 Jan 2011 8:26pm

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! You are very kind! ;-)

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

A wonderful shot with the light over the plane. I love watching these take off.

20 Jan 2011 11:32pm

@Bettina: Thank you very much Bettina! ;-)

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good morning Eric,
A fantastic and interesting view, including information. I especially like the landing of the seaplane. I never saw how a plane lands on water. 5 stars ***** Thank you very much for your nice comment. Have a nice time and all the best including your family. Dear greetings Christel

21 Jan 2011 2:06am

@Christel: Thank you very much Christel! You are very kind! ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

What a neat shot this is, at the southern end of the Alaskan islands chain and all the small planes. Victoria harbor is a special spot to see. Thanks for the memories! ♥

21 Jan 2011 3:23am

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! Yes, Vancouver Island is a must see...... ;-)

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

This just looks like fun, watching and flying!

21 Jan 2011 9:33pm

@¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨: Thank you very much Kristen! Definitely fun to watch; can be a little scary for those flyers who are a bit queezy! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

All the landings and takings off..it must be a sight to see! I'm always thrilled when taking a walk along Yokohama Bay as we can see a lot of planes flying down and taking off in the nearby Haneda International Airport.
Very picturesque area here, in your shot, with the many masts and the houses watching....the events on the water.

23 Jan 2011 5:41am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! Yes, the inner harbour is a wonderful, and very expensive, place to live.... ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Surrounded by waters..plane is a go way to visit all around too...lovely shot

23 Jan 2011 3:29pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! In this part of the country sometimes it is the only way to get around.... ;-)

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice capture !

26 Jan 2011 11:39pm

@Céline: Thank you very much Celine! ;-)