See the Mars Water Bombers! The World's Largest
Flying Boats are on Sproat Lake, BC
One cannot help but be astounded by the spectacle of the largest water bombers in the world, moored on
Sproat Lake, only 13 km (8 miles) northwest of Port Alberni. Head for Coulson Flying Tankers
centre on Cherry Creek Road, off Tofino Highway 4. In the summer, you can participate in a guided tour
of the gigantic red and white Philippine Mars water bomber.
On tour, you will learn impressive details about what the Mars is capable of. It can pick up 27 tons
of water in 25 seconds to take to forest fire areas. Each Mars water bomber carries over 27000 kilograms
(60000 pounds) of foam. It can make a drop every fifteen minutes. Each drop can cover 1.6 hectares (4 acres).
Feats described above require a crew of four dedicated to the highest standards of safety, and a safe,
durable airplane. The Mars established airlift and endurance records still valid today, long after being
sold by the US Navy. You will not regret thrilling your entire family with a visit to the mighty Mars on Sproat Lake.
Once at Sproat Lake
, considered by locals to be "a piece from Heaven", don't leave until you've experienced
swimming in water far warmer and clearer (you can see thirty feet down!) than the West Coast ocean, or boating,
windsurfing, water skiing, fresh water fishing, houseboating, hiking, biking, or just kicking back to improve
your tan on one of the wonderful beaches in two Provincial Parks.