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Canadian Rockies Heli-Hiking Explorer

Canadian Rockies Heli-hiking Explorer

7

days

starting fromUS $4,295per person

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  • Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget
Canadian Rockies Heli-hiking Explorer – Map
Sample trip map & photos – personalize your trip by adding extra nights and activities in each location
Heli-hiking in the Canadian Rockies.
Heli-hiking in the Canadian Rockies.
Soar above the Canadian Rockies on an alpine heli-hiking adventure.
Banff in summer with a view of Cascade Mountain at the end of the town
Banff in summer with a view of Cascade Mountain at the end of the town
Your vacation starts in the lively town of Banff in the Canadian Rockies.
Hike to Sunshine Meadows near Banff
Hike to Sunshine Meadows near Banff
You'll get a chance to admire endless mountain valleys and wildflowers on leisurely hikes.
The Bugaboo fly-in heli-hiking lodge in the Bugaboo National Park
The Bugaboo fly-in heli-hiking lodge in the Bugaboo National Park
Guests on our heli-hiking program will stay at a remote fly-in alpine lodge.
Gourmet dinner with wine and a mountain view
Gourmet dinner with wine and a mountain view
And enjoy gourmet regional cuisine with enough time to indulge surrounded by the mountains.
A helicopter flies past snow capped mountains in the Bugaboo National Park
A helicopter flies past snow capped mountains in the Bugaboo National Park
Either way, you will head to the skies to discover untouched mountain wilderness.
Two hikers are dwarfed by the surrounding Rocky Mountains on the alpine trails
Two hikers are dwarfed by the surrounding Rocky Mountains on the alpine trails
Feel humbled as you navigate the mountain trails.
  • Quick Overview

    What we love about this trip

    • Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

    • Heli-hiking in the Columbia Mountains

    • Spectacular scenery and wildlife

    • Staying at mountain lodges and resorts

    • Experienced guides

    • Fantastic meals

    • Extra time to indulge

    A majestic, unspoiled and totally breathtaking adventure hiking high above the tree line around the Canadian Rockies. We’ve left plenty of opportunity for activity and indulgence too!

    Trip Outline

    Arrive in Calgary 3 nights Banff 3 nights at Heli-Hiking lodge Depart from Calgary

  • Sample Itinerary
    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

    Day 1 Calgary arrival and off to Banff
    After setting down in Calgary you will connect with a bus transfer to your hotel in Banff. Banff is a unique destination – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with all the charm of a small mountain community. Breathe in the fresh Canadian Rockies air – you’ve arrived!

    Day 2 – Explore Banff National Park
    Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration. Today your activity options are all about exploring some of the most beautiful places in Banff National Park either with a group or at your own pace.

    You have the following
    3 options today:

    • Option 1: Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Tour
    On this afternoon sightseeing bus tour visit the jewel of the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, and the world-renowned Moraine Lake, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This journey gives you plenty of time to take photos and explore their shorelines.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Hop on/off Sightseeing Day Pass
    Explore Banff National Park easily and at your own pace with the knowledge of a guaranteed seat on the buses. Get everywhere you want to go easily and without the hassle of parking or traffic: Explore the Banff Townsite, rent a bike, hit the hot springs, or do some shopping. Hop off at Johnston Canyon and hike up to the beautiful Upper and Lower Falls or even go all the way up to the famous Ink Pots. Take the time to enjoy Lake Louise and the top attractions in Banff National Park with one ticket.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3: Car Rental to Explore Banff at Leisure
    Explore Banff National Park at your leisure with the use of a vehicle to visit any of the hidden gems and top attractions the park has to offer. With many hiking trails, waterfalls, lakes and mountain views to take in around Lake Louise, Banff, Johnston Canyon or the Kananskis Valley, you won’t be short in finding places to visit and explore.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Day 3 – Banff National Park Discovery Continues
    Continue to adventure through the Canadian Rockies today a little closer to Banff with one of the many activity options the area has to offer.

    You have the following
    3 options to help you enjoy Banff:

    • Option 1: Hike in Sunshine Meadows
    Spend your day on top of the world and away from the crowds at Sunshine Meadows, widely known as the most stunning alpine setting in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy a shuttle/gondola ride to the top of the mountain where you will meet your guide who will take you along the network of gentle trails that wind their way around the meadows. After your hike enjoy exploring the mountain at leisure.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2: Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour
    On this small group tour, experience some of the best mountain scenery, lakes, glaciers and forests in the valley best known for spotting moose, black and grizzly bears and other wildlife. Enjoy the short walks and breathtaking views as you get up close to nature. A picnic/patio lunch is included.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3: Guided Hike of the Day
    Based on the day of the week you will get to enjoy a classic hike in the Canadian Rockies led by a professional guide. Hikes will vary in difficulty and length and include a box lunch, bottle water, use of hiking poles and day pack.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Day 4 - Off to your Heli-Hiking Lodge
    The excitement begins bright and early with a transfer to the heli-pad with a box lunch to enjoy on the way. Your Canadian Rockies hiking holiday begins with a flight to a beautiful lodge, accessible only by helicopter. After being outfitted with all the equipment you'll need by your Canada adventure travel guide, you then fly to a spectacular mountain ridge to start your afternoon hike.

    Hiking takes place between 1,828 metres (6,000 feet) and 2,438 metres (8,000 feet), which is a very comfortable altitude for most people. One of the greatest advantages of this Canadian Rockies hiking adventure is our ability to tailor the hikes to accommodate all abilities, regardless of age.

    After your hike, which is as short or as long as you want it to be, you're flown back to the lodge for some of the best cuisine your eyes and taste buds have ever experienced.

    A typical night includes relaxing in the whirlpool, or sharing stories with new friends by the fire, then falling asleep under a down comforter in your room with private bath.

    The next morning, you wake with a stretching class before breakfast, looking forward to more heli-hiking, more spectacular scenery, more fantastic food and the chance to take yourself higher than you ever thought you'd go.

    Days 5 and 6 – Heli-Hiking Adventure Continues
    Spend the next couple days exploring the stunning terrain of the Columbia Mountains. Hiking takes place between 1,828 metres (6,000 feet) and 2,438 metres (8,000 feet), which is a very comfortable altitude for most people. One of the greatest advantages of this heli-hiking adventure is the ability for your guides to tailor the hikes to accommodate all abilities, regardless of age.

    After your hike, spend the evening sharing stories by the roaring fire, or relax in the whirlpool under starry skies.

    Day 7 – Heli-Lodge to the Calgary Airport
    With fond memories, you will enjoy for a lifetime you bid adieu to the Rockies as you return by helicopter to the landing pad, where a transfer meets you to take you to the Calgary Airport for your flight back home.
  • What's Included
    Package Inclusions:

    Banff Accommodations:
    • 3 nights deluxe hotel accommodation

    Banff Activity Options:

    Day 1 - Choose 1 of 3:
    • Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Tour
    • Hop on/off Banff Sightseeing Day Pass
    • Car Rental to Explore Banff at Leisure

    Day 2 - Choose 1 of 3:
    • Hike in Sunshine Meadows
    • Guided Wilderness & Nature Tour
    • Guided Hike of the Day

    Banff Meals:
    • 2 buffet breakfasts at Banff hotel

    Banff Transportation:
    • Scheduled motorcoach transfer from Calgary Airport (YYC) to Banff Hotel

    Heli-Lodge Accommodations:
    • 3 nights lodging at the Bugaboo Fly-in hiking lodge

    Heli-Lodge Activities Options:
    • Experienced guides, and hiking choices each day at the Lodge (Hiking gear at the lodge)

    Heli-Lodge Meals:
    • Box breakfast on first day of Heli-lodge package
    • Gourmet meals at your fly-in lodge including wine with dinner

    Heli-Lodge Transportation:
    • Helicopter flights to the lodge and to the hiking areas each day
    • All ground transportation between Banff hotel and helipad and helipad to Calgary Airport


    Other inclusions:
    • Documentation package
    • Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

    Notes:
    * Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices if other than what is provided as options above
    * Some activities may not be available on all trip start dates, due to seasonal weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor can give further details.

     

    Not Included

    • Lunch and dinners while staying in Banff
    • Gratuities
    • Canadian Sales taxes
    • Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
    • Airfare to and from Calgary

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  • Accommodations

    Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

    Rimrock Resort

    An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

    The stunning 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, offering gorgeous panoramic views over the Bow Valley from the large windows in the main lobby. The hotel is a fantastic example of Rocky Mountain luxury, with an upscale atmosphere and warm, welcoming service.

    Bugaboo Heli-hiking Lodge

    An example of our Lodge accommodations

    Located amid a sea of green flora, the Bugaboo Lodge sits at 1500 metres (5000 ft) high. Featuring 32 rooms with private baths, a sauna, steam room along with a game room, cozy bar/lounge area and inviting fireplace, there is plenty of opportunity for private respite and communal gathering with new-found friends. The rooftop hot tub boasts unparalleled views of this magnificent setting. History buffs will delight in the lodge museum.

     

  • Prices & Dates
    2018 Dates for Heli-Lodge Adventure*
    July 10, 13, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31
    August 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30

    * Call for availability as many dates sell out far in advance; additional dates may also be available.

     

    Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

    Canadian Heli-Hiking Adventure
    from US $4,295to US $4,638per person

    On our Wilderness Adventures, you'll enjoy days with experienced naturalist guides, some meals, seamless connections, and accommodations suited to the unique Canadian surroundings.

  • Common Questions

    Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

    What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

    Is it safe to drive in the mountains?

    New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

    When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

    Are your tours escorted?

    No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.

  • Customer Reviews (1)

    You are all top notch

    Star Rating 5
    October 18, 2010

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    Thanks so much for planning the trip for us. You are all top notch!

Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

  • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.