Flying Home to Whitehorse from Vancouver

Sunday morning was a sad/happy time. Sad because I had to say goodbye to my niece as she starts the next phase of her life far from the Yukon, happy because I was flying home.

We were in no huge hurry to get moving, and the White Spot restaurant downstairs in the Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel didn’t see us until after 08:00. A “Chorizo & Goat Cheese Omelette” caught my attention, and it was deeeelicious! It’s made with chorizo sausage, sauteed zucchini, bell peppers and arugula with BC goat cheese and a special blend of cheeses, topped with Arrabbiata sauce, for $11.99 including sourdough toast and chunky potatoes. I’ll be trying this one at home some day soon 🙂

Chorizo & Goat Cheese Omelette at White Spot
After breakfast, Bobbie headed for the ferry to Vancouver Island, and at 9:30 I caught the hotel shuttle to YVR for my 11:15 flight.

Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
Check-in at the Air North counter was dead simple – I only had a little daypack to carry on. At security, a litte whoops! – I had missed one of the beer I had put in my pack when we arrived at our Vancouver hotel.

I usually spend my spare time at airports taking pictures, but this time I found a quiet spot and worked on editing the photos I’d taken during the trip. I had the camera on high-speed drive during the Fraser Canyon section, so had a lot of images to go through and delete.

Planes at YVR
Our departure was delayed by 20 minutes due to a bag being loaded and then the passenger not showing for the flight. At 11:35, though, we were on our way to the active runway.

Vancouver International Airport, YVR
On the way to the airport, I heard people complaining on the radio about how cold it was (just below freezing), but climb-out was stunning. This is such an incredible piece of coastline.

Climbout from YVR

Aerial view of the BC coast
Air North has new coffee cups – “The Best Brew with the Best View”. Truth in advertising! The coffee is from Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters –

Air North and
It was cloudy for much of the flight, but I got enough views of the ground to keep me happy. The Japanese guy beside me wanted to see out, but I suppose had taken the middle seat to keep his wife happy with her aisle seat. If I don’t get a window, I’m just not flying except under extreme duress 🙂 Cathy often says that she wants the window, and my response is always that she’s welcome to have the window seat in front of or behind me.

The view from an Air North flight from Vancouver to Whitehorse
The view to the south over Carcross as we descended into Whitehorse. Mid-December and Lake Bennett isn’t frozen yet – that’s crazy.

Looping around Whitehorse to land into the south wind. That’s the Riverdale residential area at the bottom left, downtown at middle right, and the airport across the upper center.

Cathy, Monty and Bella met me at the airport, and by 2:30 we were settled down enjoying a glass of wine. It was a great trip in so many ways – mostly, I would have felt awful saying goodbye to Bobbie in Whitehorse. But that’s the last road trip except for day trips to Skagway, Kluane, etc until Spring arrives and the motorhome gets fired up again.


Flying Home to Whitehorse from Vancouver — 3 Comments

  1. Very beautiful. I always want a window seat also. I want it for two reasons: 1) I like to see the views and 2) If I don’t have a window seat I always get stuck with someone on the window that has a bladder the size of a thimble and has to go to the bathroom 2 or 3 times in a 2 hour flight. 🙂

  2. Add me to the “must have a window seat” brigade. I need to be able to see *out* or I get claustrophobic. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, anyway.