Pacific Highway Express flies a "Canadian Circuit" that flies Anchorage, Whitehouse, Vancouver, Victoria, Anchorage. Here's some fun screenshots from the first half of that flight.
Taxiing out to 14 on a clear spring morning.
Here we go!
Turning left over...
towards Turnagain Arm with a beautiful sunrise over the Chugach Mountains.
After Following the Turnagain Arm east, we head over towards Prince William Sound
Halfway over the Sound.
Snuggled in between the Chugach Mountains to the north and the Robinson Mountains to the South are the massive ice fields and glaciers that make up much of the scenery in this part of Alaska.
Some interesting shapes are formed in the ice fields as we enter in to Canada.
The second tallest mountain in the Americas looms below, Mount Logan. In the range further south we see Mount Saint Elias, Mount Augusta, and Mount Queen Mary, I believe.
Coming out of the Saint Elias Mountains we come in to the rolling hills around Whitehorse and we start our decent. Heading east all day, the sun was shining in our eyes the whole time.
Turning right to head in to the back-course to line up for a landing on runway 31L
All lined up to approach the unlit runway, which is very hard to see in this dark valley.
A perfect landing.
We'll be on the ground for about 30 minutes before heading off to Vancouver.
Time to head out again.
Ready for takeoff.
And away we go!
After swinging around we head south back towards Alaska, we'll be following the panhandle down to Vancouver.
To port we can see the huge Atlin Lake which marks the border between British Columbia and The Yukon. "atlin" is Tlingit for "Big Water".
Crossing the border in to British Columbia we can already see in to Alaska, a sliver of the inlets around Haines and Skagway can be seen in the distance. Within two minutes of crossing in to British Columbia we are already in to Alaska.
Skagway lies below.
Heading further south, we can see Juneau off to the left.
Crossing over Prince of Wales island, what was a clear day becomes an overcast day in less than a second!
Over the middle of Vancouver Island (which Vancouver is not located on) we start our descent through the clouds.
We head over the north of downtown Vancouver with the intention of swinging around to the approach on runway 26L
After making a 180 and lining up with the runway, we're ready to land.
As usual, I tend to land as soon as possible, a habit from landing in so many short bush runways like Nome and Unalaska.
Welcome to Vancouver
What is that building there in the background? I couldn't identify it.
Vancouver is a very cosmopolatain city, as you can see.
[font color=blue]Sir Mildred Pierce