Unless of course I shouldn't bother because I'm too old to start. I gather I need my PPL and CPL before taking a certified Bush program? Looking for brutal honesty here.
Thirty five is not to old to start, in fact there really is no age limit it is no different than learning to drive any piece of machinery.
HA if you can get lucky enough top eventually get a nanaimo base or seair (only two pilots there).
There is no 'course' that'll get you ready for it. You'll have to head out into the canadian northlands for a couple seasons to gain the experience required to come back to the coast.
No age limit..
I think anyone, especially us islanders, need to be open about which path to what kind of flying we want. Starting on the coast is not impossible but not likely according to the aviation gods I have talked to. I heard that one guy worked the dock at YVR with a certain company for 2 years; paid for a 50 hour float course and eventually got on. But in my time digging around that's the only one I have heard of so far. Insurance is one obstacle for operators and to be honest a lot of the coastal guys get to pick and choose their pilots as a lot want to work where there is no thaw-out! I even have an in somewhere but they need me to have 750 hours with 50 floats just to satisfy their Insurance requirements. So I had to reconcile the fact that a year or two east of the Rockies was going to be necessary and you need to ask yourself if you can make that sacrifice in this stage of life. My other half (no minions besides the fury type yet) is unable to join me here and we have been fortunate enough to make the long distance thing work. I count my self as being extremely lucky every day.
Anyway I'm not experienced nor a 'success" yet. And I have a ways to go. But if I can help to get over the biggest hurdle which was the coveted "first job" PM me here. Maybe I can find time to meet up next time I get home. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for a few people paying it forward to me.
Good luck! It's a kick butt journey. Just don't piece it out if you can avoid it. Put your pennies away and then just do all the training as quickly as possible. You'll save yourself time and money!
PS: I have trained with Vital (PPL) and Victoria Flying Club (CPL). Go with VFC if you can make that work. Vital can not do commercial last time I checked, and there are much more experienced people at the club plus I believe they are cheaper with much better AC (though I did have a special bond with FXFN, my favorite ugly duckling). Sean is my go-to and is awesome!