Exploring the natural beauty of British Columbia by plane or helicopter offers unparalleled views and access to remote areas in a matter of minutes. This week’s guestagrammer @xshaydx is sharing some of his favourite aerial photos from around BC.
“You begin to understand how lucky we are to live in BC when you have the opportunity to experience it from the air. There is enough backcountry terrain, unexplored valleys and remote lakes to spend a lifetime exploring. Helicopters and floatplanes are crucial to accessing these parts, sometimes shaving off days of grueling hiking. This shot was taken a few summers ago near Golden Ears Provincial Park.”
“I don’t know how many times I’ve taken the ferry growing up on Vancouver Island, but the first time I flew by it changed my whole perspective. This was a winter sunset over Howe Sound just a few days ago.”
“One of my favourite places in all of BC is Cape Scott Provincial Park on the north end of Vancouver Island. Rugged coastal forests meet white, sandy beaches with crashing waves, and the best part is you can have the whole place to yourself. After camping for two nights on San Josef Beach, we had to get up in a floatplane to check it out from the air. “
“As spring approaches and the snow begins to melt, it’s a great time to catch some of these waterfalls along the Coast Mountain range. This one is called Defrauder Falls, located midway up Pitt Lake. It was captured on a shoot with @skyhelicopters.”
“I love to call Vancouver home. Surrounded by ocean, mountains, forests and rivers, there are not many places in the world like it and no better time to see it than “the magic hour” (right before sunrise or sunset).
“Back over Cape Scott, we circled the very north tip of Vancouver Island, to see the historic Cape Scott Lighthouse. A pit stop on the North Coast Trail, you can hike in here along boardwalks and rainforest trails. Be sure to wear proper gear and beware of wildlife in this remote area of the island.”
“The possibilities are endless with helicopters. My favourite part is you can be on top of a mountain near Vancouver in the afternoon and having dinner on Vancouver Island in the evening.”
Hi, my name is Shayd….like when the sun hits a tree and casts a shadow. I’ve seen a Sasquatch, photographed a remote hockey game in the mountains featured in the New York Times, canoed on the Mississippi River, took Major Lazer flying in a helicopter, scuba dove in a cave in Mexico and jumped out of an airplane three times. I’ve been on a path led by my eagerness to chase the unknown for eight years, treating each day as an opportunity to experience something new. I get a thrill from outdoor rock climbing and camping in the middle of nowhere, but also enjoy car-camping in my land cruiser just outside of town. I absolutely love BC and hope that my work on Instagram encourages people to get outdoors and to respect and protect the precious environment we are so fortunate to inhabit.
To see more of Shayd’s work, visit his website: www.xshaydx.com
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