Mind. Blown. Did you know that in the middle of the Pacific Northwest there’s a 50-kilometre long island with the only paved runway in the Gulf Islands? Or, that kids can learn to fly airplanes in a flight simulator during a summer camp? Or, that you can sit on the grass and watch planes take off and land without security searches and stress?
My son Ford and I had the opportunity to spend a day on Texada Island, discovering its rich mining heritage, gigantic trees, unique flower rocks and tight-knit community, all while learning more about the Texada Aerospace Camp for kids.
In this tight-knit community, no one drives by without a big wave. And, while grabbing a Tiger Tail ice cream at Shelter Point, you hardly have time to look at the First Nations arrowheads on display because people want to chat, and tell you about the volunteer projects they’re involved in.
I’d love go back for more ice cream during the sandcastle competition this summer – or perhaps for the Blues and Roots Festival on July 29 and 30.
But the highlight of this visit was to explore the hangar beside the runway where Ford first discovered the wonders of aviation.
I admit was blown away by everything on the sunny day as we made our way to the island. The flight from the south terminal at YVR with KD Air was a breeze in the small plane as we watched the islands below. Giggling while taking photos, my son could watch the pilot with keen interest, something you can’t do on a big commercial plane.
Landing on Texada, and seeing hangars and planes lined up we felt like we were in another era. I saw a man dragging his Cessna by the tail toward the runway so he could hop over to Powell River to pick up a friend. He explained the safety checks to us, then hopped in the cockpit and was off. Ford’s eyes were as large as saucers.
Read about the rest of our journey here.
Disclosure: The nice folks at Texada Aerospace Camp hosted us for this experience but all opinions are our own.