Delivered new to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Air Division October 1, 1954, Burrard Air bought this Otter January 1982. Sold and exported to the USA in May 1987, it flew in Alaska as N234KA before Kenmore Air bought it in February 1992. They added a Vazar turbine conversion and flew the Otter November 2002 when it came back to Canada with Harbour Air as C-GHAR.
Lake Hood, situated right next to the international airport of Anchorage, must be one of the world's busiest seaplane bases. I spent a very enjoyable afternoon just sitting here, feet dangling in the water and the camera at hand, with all sorts of seaplanes speeding along every few minutes. Pictured here is Otter N234KA, which was still a "real" Otter back then. It was converted to a Turbo Otter during the 1990s, and became C-GHAR in 2002.