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Resort dock for the night. Our second jade glacial lakes passed below us, and
visit the next day was on a float plane to the west, a spectacular flat plateau
adventure. Corilair had to deliver exposed a massive glacier that sparkled
machine parts to the logging camp at in the piercing sunlight.
the Brem River Delta in Toba Inlet and Bill began his descent into the
the camp below Alpha Bluff in Bute Orford River Valley, which fed into
Inlet; there were two spare seats on Bute Inlet, where a logging camp
their Beaver float plane and we were operating below Alpha Bluff was
invited to join Bill, the pilot, for a fun, awaiting essential parts. After delivery,
two-hour afternoon jaunt.
Anne enjoys a dip
Bill taxied out and began picking up
Float planes are part of everyday
in Cassel Lake.
speed along Bute Inlet before we gained
life on the West Coast, especially in altitude and banked over the notorious
remote settlements and communities Arran Rapids to Big Bay on Stuart
only accessible by water. The weather Island. Arriving in Big Bay, we tied
was perfect and the skies clear for up and handed over the mail before
our adventure. We belted ourselves we were off again. This time, we flew
into the small seats of the Beaver and southwest to Surge Narrows public
stuffed our ears with foam plugs as Bill wharf to deliver and pick up mail.
taxied away from the resort dock. The Our return trip took us over the
Beaver’s engine howled as we picked Rendezvous Islands, up Deer Passage
up speed and lifted off the water, to Pryce Channel and back to the dock
heading northeast up the lower reach at the Wildernest Resort. We thanked
of Toba Inlet. Bill did a quick drop-off Bill warmly and agreed that sailing
at the logging camp and taxied back clearance to cross the pass between the up beautiful Toba Inlet by boat, then
into the inlet to pick up speed. We saw Brem and Orford rivers. We were flying experiencing its cascading waterfalls,
that we had banked to port to follow just below the mountain peaks at 1,829 ice fields and humbling vistas by float
the Brem River Valley north, deep into metres (6,000 feet); it felt that we were plane, had given us a fresh perspective
the mountains. right in the middle of them. The air was of our wonderful coast, an experience
The sturdy Beaver float plane thin and crisp and the mountain peaks that we will cherish forever.
kept climbing until we had enough on either side thick with ice. Opaque 48° N
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