One of the benefits of having a pilot as a boyfriend is that I can be flown by someone I love and trust. My boyfriend Corey who works for Thunder Airlines based in Timmins, Ontario flew me all over northern Ontario from Timmins to Moosonee to Fort Albany to Kashechewan to Attawapiskat and back to Timmins. This is an opportunity few get. Being flown all over northern Ontario by my boyfriend is a dream; it’s hard to believe that I have my own personal pilot. Flying from one small northern Canadian community in a King Air 100 to another is an experience everyone should have, especially Canadians.
Flying from one James Bay community to another was a unique experience in the fact that I was able to explore more of northern Canada by air. Seeing the landscape from above gave me an entirely different view than I would have received by land. Few people get to land on three gravel runways in one day (or any at all for that matter). Plus, I love flying so it is nothing for me to take 5 flights in one day. After taking 58 flights in the last 12 months, adding 5 more feels like nothing. Lucky for me to have met a pilot since I enjoy flying so much. Since meeting Corey, I have learned much about the aviation world including the popular pilot lingo. I even flew a plane and did two takeoffs. Since most of Corey’s friends are pilots I spend a lot of time with pilots, surprisingly it makes me confident to fly.
I could fly everyday with Thunder Airlines while visiting northern destination after another. There are so many unique and remote places to visit including aboriginal communities where the culture is alive and thriving. Typically, these northern regions are hard to reach, but Thunder Airlines makes it easy to reach Ontario’s most northern towns and villages. The big welcome sign in Attawapiskat shows the pride the locals have in their village. If only if I had the time to explore each place to experience the best of what each destination offers.
I know that I will get more opportunities to explore within Canada, even in the remote and isolated places people don’t normally want to visit. The giant and abundant black flies, horse flies, and mosquitoes won’t keep me away. I am making it a priority to be open to exploring all corners of the world, especially in my big home country. Some of the most uncommon places have given me the most unique experiences. I commit to making the time to explore the ordinary and out of the ordinary. Thunder Airlines makes it easy for me to see the hard to reach and unexpected locations.