Taking a long weekend from Seattle to get “oot” and “aboot” in Canada is as easy as pie. But why stick to the well-trodden paths of Vancouver and Victoria when you can give some Canadian small towns a try, eh?
Get to the best Canadian small towns via a drive over the border; by ferry to Victoria (it’s under three hours aboard the Victoria Clipper from downtown Seattle) and then onward; by Amtrak Cascades train to Vancouver and beyond; or by air.
From Seattle, the hour-long flight to Vancouver’s international airport (YVR) opens up connecting flights by Canada’s big and small carriers. Kenmore Air has several flights to Canada from both Seattle/Lake Union and Kenmore/Lake Washington. You can also fly by seaplane from Seattle to downtown Vancouver via Harbour Air, the world’s first carbon-neutral airline, and then on to some of the province’s most attractive small towns.
Once in Canada, there are a few other seaplane options, such as Sunshine Coast Air that takes you between the Sunshine Coast’s Sechelt and Nanaimo, Tofino, Victoria, and Vancouver’s harbor and YVR’s south terminal, which is a free 10-minute shuttle from the main terminal. And don’t forget Alberta — Alaska Airlines and WestJet/Delta fly nonstop between Seattle and Calgary in 100 minutes and then you’re just an hour away from the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks.