I recently had the opportunity to see the Vieille Capitale from the privileged position of an EC 120 Colibri helicopter hovering 4500 feet over the cobbled streets. And what a rush!!!
As the rotors of the helicopter churned to life at Québec City’s Jean Lesage airport, my traveling companions and I were already brimming with excitement. The powerful vibration of the helicopter served to heighten our anticipation of the adventure to come. Anthony, our pilot, then lifted our Eurocopter gently off the tarmac and took us on the ride of our lives.
We headed first for the river, soaring over the 100-year-old Québec Bridge. We veered left there, descending the St. Lawrence. The Plains of Abraham unfolded beneath us, as did the modern upper town of Québec. The city looks so different from the sky!
We banked left some more, following the contour of Cape Diamond: the Citadelle, the Dufferin Terrace, the Chateau Frontenac, the seminary complex. Wow! We made a U-turn over Beauport Bay and made another pass by the old city. That time, the cruise ships caught my eye; how small they appear from far above!
We headed northeast, looping around the misty Montmorency Falls. We then crossed the north channel of the St. Lawrence to land on Orleans Island for the next leg of our tour. Anthony set us down equally gracefully. We didn’t want to leave the helicopter.
I was speechless throughout our trip (not a particularly felicitous thing for a tour guide). I think my customers forgave me, though, as they, as well, were without words.
Our flight was operated by Go Helico which is located right next to Jean Lesage Airport. I cannot recommend the experience more highly! Go!