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Bouchie Lake is planning fifth year of popular travel presentation series

Calling all intrepid travellers – share your experiences at Lawnchair Travel Series

Heloise Dixon-Warren

Observer Contributor

Folks in Bouchie Lake are planning the fifth year of the “Lawnchair Travel Series” and are looking for pilots to join the Flight Crew and charter a flight. What began in 2014 as a ‘pilot project’ has become an annual series that many people look forward too and travel to Bouchie Lake from all over the North Cariboo to attend. The series is typically held during the winter months from late January through to March. Typically six to eight flights are scheduled.

Lawnchair Travel is a presentation series whereby “pilots” – presenters – share a trip that they have gone on through a slide show, music, in-flight service, and at times, travel mementos. The entire crew including the Travel Agent, Flight Attendants and Pilot are volunteers and work together to create a memorable evening for the passengers (attendees). In 2018, passengers were given the option to travel First Class or Economy. First Class passengers were given preferential seating and were served refreshments prior to take off. All passengers are treated to “In flight Service” midway through the flight when the flight touches down to re-fuel. Typically, “In Flight Service” is comprised of food that one would eat while visiting the destination of the trip.

Over the years, folks have travelled by Lawnchair to far away places such as Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, USA, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Thailand, Great Britain, China, Ireland, Italy and Antarctica. A few domestic trips have been chartered as well, including a train trip across Canada, Back Country Riding in the Chilcotin, Cape Breton and up the St.Lawrence River, and a trip to the Invictus Games in Toronto. For 2019, the following five chartered flights are planned: Iceland, New Zealand, Views from the Yellowhead, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka. The organizers of Lawnchair Travel would like to expand the series to up to eight trips, so are reaching out to the general public for other pilots who may wish to share a travel experience by piloting a flight.

The event has traditionally been held at the Bouchie Lake Hall but for 2019, the option of a different venue is being explored. The series is hosted by the Friends of Bouchie-Milburn Society and is a fundraiser to support other events and activities being held in the Bouchie-Milburn community. If you wish to find out more about Lawnchair Travel and/or pilot a flight, please contact Heloise Dixon-Warren at 250-249-5329 or email heloiseandted@gmail.com or bouchielakefriends@gmail.com.

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