Vancouver Island Soaring Centre

Embark on a Skyward Journey in Port Alberni

Vancouver Island Soaring Centre, Port Alberni - glider ready for takeoff

Source: Zenseekers – Jim Barr

If you’ve ever dreamed of flying through the skies like a bird, Port Alberni’s Vancouver Island Soaring Centre is your gateway to making that dream a reality. Located in the heart of Vancouver Island’s beautiful Alberni Valley, the premier flight facility offers an unforgettable experience that combines the thrill of flight with incredible views of world below.

Set Your Sights on the Sky

The Vancouver Island Soaring Centre is dedicated to providing a safe, exciting, and educational soaring experience for all. Whether you’re a seasoned pilot or a curious first-timer, the centre offers a range of options to suit your needs:

  1. Introductory Flights: Experience the thrill of gliding with an introductory flight. An experienced instructor will guide you through the basics and take you on a memorable journey above Port Alberni’s scenic vistas.
  2. Pilot Training: For those seeking to become certified glider pilots, the centre offers comprehensive training programs. Learn the art of gliding, from basic techniques to advanced maneuvers, under the guidance of skilled instructors.

Safety – Glide with Confidence

View from the cockpit of a glider overlooking the Alberni Valley

Source: Zenseekers – Jim Barr

Safety is of upmost importance at the Vancouver Island Soaring Centre. All flights are conducted by Transport Canada certified glider instructors, ensuring you’re in capable hands throughout your soaring adventure.

Booking and Costs

To make a reservation, you can reach out to the Vancouver Island Soaring Centre directly via their website or the contact information provided below.

Landing at the Port Alberni Airport, another successful flight in a Vancouver Soaring Centre glider.

Source: Zenseekers – Jim Barr

For those looking for a set flight cost VISC offer the following:

Valley FlightExperience the PURE JOY of flight in a sailplane! Soar like an eagle over the beautiful Alberni Valley, and take in the spectacular landscape of lakes, farmland, and mountains.
Altitude: Tow to 2000 feet
Time: 15 minute flight
Cost: $185.00

Ridge FlightOur most popular choice! All the Valley Flight has to offer, and more! Seated up front, you will soar like an eagle along a ridge-line, surrounded by spectacular views: the Beaufort Mountains, crystal-clear fresh water lakes and waterfalls, ocean inlets and the rugged coastline of Vancouver Island. Ask your pilot to show you what soaring is all about, or just sit back and enjoy the view.
Altitude: Tow to 4000 feet
Time: 30 minute flight
Cost: $285.00

Coast-to-Coast ViewExperience the best of gliding! This is the ridge flight, and so much more. Cruise around the sky, driven only by thermal energy. Enjoy the spectacular view of both coasts of Vancouver Island. Soar with the eagles above magnificent mountains, forests, lakes, waterfalls and ocean inlets.
Altitude: Tow to 6000 feet
Time: 1 hour flight
Cost: $385.00

Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? VISC also offers custom flights to meet your needs.

Custom FlightsWhether you’re interested in flying over a particular spot or you want to spend the entire afternoon in the air, the possibilities are endless!
Cost: Please contact for pricing.

Contact Information

Vancouver Island Soaring Centre

Location: 7400 Airport Road, Port Alberni, British Columbia, V9Y 8Y9 (map)
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Phone: (250) 667-3591

Plan Your Next Soaring Adventure

Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline-pumping adventure or a unique way to connect with nature, the Vancouver Island Soaring Centre is your ticket to breathtaking views above the Alberni Valley. Book your flight today and embark on a soaring adventure like no other!