Sittin’ on the dock of the bay

An airport with a floating terminal and no runway is making waves in British Columbia. Tony Dixon checks out its green credentials and finds out why it’s so important to the islanders.


Victoria Inner Harbour is convenient for the city centre and the seat of the provincial government. (all photos author)

British Columbia’s capital, Victoria, lies on the south eastern tip of Vancouver Island. The 76 miles (107km) of water separating it from the state’s largest city, Vancouver, makes driving between the two an impossible option. Air travel shaves around an hour off the shortest ferry passage (which also involves 45 minutes road journeys at both ends), and creates sufficient demand for flights to depart every 30 minutes during peak periods.

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