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Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada The west coast of Vancouver Island has opportunities to explore seldom traveled areas. By utilizing our floatplanes, we can transport you and your exploration party to the remote areas you have been dreaming about. Whether it is glacial peaks, alpine meadows, old growth rainforest, miles of empty beaches or sea caves, chartered seaplanes are the best ways to get there.


Pretty Girl Lake Camp

This beautiful fly-in location is exclusive to Atleo River Air Service.  Our lease is located on Pretty Girl Lake next to the famous Strathcona Park.  The Lake is 1100 ft above sea level, and it’s surrounded by old growth rainforest.  Rainbow and Cutthroat trout flourish here.  The camp includes the 14 ft X 16 ft canvas wall tent on a cedar plat form, queen sized bed, wood stove, two 16 ft canoes, propane two burner stove, and all dishes and utensils.  The floatplane ride there is stunning.  The flight is approx. 20 minutes. (additional costs)


Flores Island - Walk the WildSide Trail

The Wildside Trail offers the best beach hikes in Clayoquot Sound. This trail can be done in one day or multiple days. The trail starts at Ahousaht, a small native community, and ends at Cow Bay. The trail can also be accessed by a beach drop-off at Whitesands Cove. It is a relatively easy hike with some board walk trail sections joining beaches. Each beach faces a slightly different direction, making them all different from each other. Cow Bay is a popular hang-out for Grey Whales. Cow and calves can be seen very close to the beach.


Buttle Lake to Bedwell Sound

This hike has everything. Usually done in 2-3 days. Start ascending at Buttle Lake up through the rainforest to the alpine areas of Bedwell lake and the headwaters of the Bedwell river, hiking through Stathcona Park most of way. Descending, takes you though the Bedwell River valley, an area rich in beauty and history. Old gold mines and river canyons with suspension bridges are just a few of the highlights. Also keep an eye out for the abundance of wildlife including elk.


Nootka Island Trail

One of our favorites! Usually done in 5-7 days but can be done in 3 if you are super hero who doesn’t like to kick back. The flight along the coast is worth it alone. Nootka Island offers beaches, caves, water falls, wildlife, and lots of local culture. The hike starts at a lagoon on the west end and finishes up at Friendly Cove. (Captain Cook was here) There are small fees collected at the end of the hike by the First Nation residents of Friendly Cove.


Escalante-Estevan-Boat Basin

A Hike for the experienced. Not a well recognized trail, but a great shoreline hike. Starting at the beaches by the Escalante River through rocky shelves, past the lighthouse at Estevan, through the old Hesquiaht native village, and on to the pristine beaches of Boat Basin. Did we say glass balls? Also stop and visit the homestead of Cougar Annie. Best done in 6-7 days.


Hot Springs Cove

Take a dip in the west coast’s famous natural hot springs where standing under the upper waterfall can be the massage of the century. The natural rock pools below the waterfall descend toward the sea where tidal flows mix with the sulphur water, providing a variety of temperatures suitable for all ages. A 20 minute walk from the dock through the ancient rainforest on a boardwalk is part of the experience that makes a visit to this area unforgettable.


The InnChanter Inn

This floating lodge was a coastal freight boat that has been transformed by its’ owner and manager, Shaun, into a comfortable and unique accommodation where one can stay and visit the hot springs at any time of the day or night. Shaun is a visionary that designs and builds architecture suiting the coastal area with a classic and luxurious touch that is totally individual making this place a well-known accommodation. Shaun’s culinary abilities are exceptional. His meals are not only delicious and unusual but beautifully presented through his appreciation of art, design and color. An exceptional host, Shaun will make your visit to the springs and a stay at the InnChanter memorable.


Hot Springs Lodge

Owned and operated by the Hesquiaht First Nation, this lovely lodge, situated on the waterfront of the Native village of Hot Springs Cove across the bay from the Hot Springs, provides rowboats to access the trail to the springs. With rooms that have kitchenettes and barbeques on the deck, a visitor can be a part of this remarkable area, visiting some of the well-known Native artists and carvers and learn of the cultural ways of the Nuu Chah Nulth Peoples.

Hesquiaht First Nation – have two villages that are inhabited, one very historical village at Hesquiaht near Estevan Point looking towards Boat Basin, and the larger village at Hot Springs Cove.


Freshwater Fishing

Lake Fishing – Vancouver Island has hundreds of fresh water lakes set in beautiful settings offering the beginner or avid angler with unforgettable experiences. The possibilities are endless. Using our seaplanes you could fish three to four different lakes in one day. The targeted species are cutthroat and rainbow trout. Each lake has different characteristics regarding size and numbers of fish.

River Fishing – Try one of our river drifts for summer and winter steelhead. Sea run cutthroats and resident rainbows are fished from April to October. Great opportunities exist for salmon in the fall.


 

Hiking, Expeditions, and Exploring

Phone: 250-725-2205
Fax: 250-725-3118

Toll Free: 1-866-66ATLEO

(1-866-662-8536)


Flight Office and Float Plane:

50 Wingen Lane
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0

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Email Address:

atleo@seaviewcable.net


Mailing Address:

PO Box 896

Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0

There is nothing like sitting on the deck of this wonderful camp at the edge of the lake for beauty, tranquility and peace of mind

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