Canadian Rockies Heli-Hiking Explorer

Canadian Rockies Heli-hiking Explorer



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Explore Rocky Mountains On A Helicopter

A majestic, unspoiled and totally breathtaking adventure hiking high above the tree line around the Canadian Rockies. Discover astoundingly beautiful regions few people ever have the chance to see. Fly over massive glaciers, stroll through alpine meadows full of wildflowers, jump into turquoise alpine lakes, and stand in awe of the vast Canadian wilderness. We’ve left plenty of opportunity for activity and indulgence too!

Trip at a glance

7 Days / 6 Nights

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

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    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 Travel 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!

    Overnight in Banff.

    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.

    You have the following
    3 options today:

    • Option 1: 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 boxed lunch, bottle water, use of hiking poles and day pack.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2: 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 3: Spray River Horseback Ride
    This introductory trail ride brings you into untouched wilderness just outside the charming town of Banff. Pass by the roaring Bow Falls, the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course before crossing over the Spray River. Experience the true Canadian Rocky Mountains by horseback.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 3 – Banff National Park Discovery Continues
    Continue to adventure through the Canadian Rockies today 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: Scenic Ride to Sunshine Village + Standish Chairlift + Hosted Trail Walk
    Starting at the base (1,660m) take the Scenic Alpine Shuttle or Sightseeing Gondola (depending on the day of the week) up to the village at 2,164m, all while taking in the views of the valley. From the Village, ride the Standish Chairlift to over 2,400m and experience 360-degrees of breath taking views. Once at the top, surrounded by the iconic peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, join a hosted trail walk. With your knowledgeable guide, visit the Standish Viewing Deck, then take the Rock Isle Road back to Sunshine Village, stopping by Rock Isle Lake viewpoint for the beautiful vistas.
    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: Privately Guided Sunrise Photography Tour (additional cost)
    Wake up early to experience the magical wilderness of Banff National Park at sunrise. Explore with a private guide and learn how to take great photos. Ideal for the amateur photographer wanting to increase their skills with a manual camera. This is a sure way to make friends and family at home jealous!
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 4 Remote Wilderness Lodge and Heli-Hiking Adventure Begins
    The excitement begins bright and early with a transfer to the heli-pad. Enjoy a boxed lunch 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 meet with your Canada adventure travel guide, 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 the 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.

    Insider tip:
    After a long day of hiking, nothing feels better than a relaxing massage to soothe your sore muscles. Massage appointments are reservable at the lodge on the first night – we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment! (additional cost)

    Overnight at a fly-in mountain lodge.

    Days 5 and 6 – Heli-Hiking Adventure Continues
    Spend the next two days exploring the stunning terrain of the Columbia Mountains. A typical day involves a helicopter ride to a jaw-droppingly beautiful hiking location in the morning, a delicious packed lunch, and then another helicopter flight to a new afternoon hiking location. You will find yourself stunned and amazed at each new spot with stunning mountain vistas, turquoise alpine lakes, meadows of wildflowers, glaciers and not a single human for miles around. Your experienced mountain guides will teach you about the geography and wildlife of the area while expertly guiding you through the mountain terrain.

    After a rewarding day of hiking, enjoy gourmet meals at the lodge – food never tasted so good. Seated at long family-style dining tables, mingle with fellow guests, guides, and lodge staff and relive the highlights from your once-in-a-lifetime mountain adventure.

    Overnight at a fly-in mountain lodge.

    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.

    Insider tip: Please consult your Vacation Advisor to confirm your expected arrival in Calgary prior to booking flights.
Canadian Rockies Heli-hiking Explorer – Map



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What you'll love about this trip

  • Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

  • Heli-hiking in the Columbia Mountains

  • Spectacular and remote scenery and wildlife

  • Staying at mountain lodges and resorts

  • Experienced guides

  • Fantastic gourmet meals

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five star hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your personalized trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    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.

  • 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.

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • 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).

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your personalized trip plan and quote which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

  • What's Included

    What's Included in the Price

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    • 3 nights in a deluxe Banff hotel
    • 3 nights at the Bugaboo Fly-in Hiking Lodge

    Banff Experiences:
    Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:
    • Guided Hike of the Day
    • Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Tour
    • Spray River Horseback Ride

    Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Sunshine Village Walk with Scenic Gondola
    2. Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour
    3. Privately Guided Sunrise Photography Tour (additional cost)

    Heli-Lodge Experiences/Inclusions:
    • Experienced Certified Mountain Guides
    • Daily Heli-Hiking (suited to your level)
    • Daily Guided Stretch (optional)
    • Indoor Climbing Room
    • Games Room
    • Swimming Pond
    • Massage Therapy (additional cost)
    • Hot tub
    • Sauna
    • All professional hiking gear (boots, backpacks, hiking poles, jackets, rain pants)

    Meal Inclusions:
    • 2 buffet breakfasts at Banff hotel
    • All meals at the Bugaboo Lodge including wine with dinner
    • Boxed meals and snacks during transportation to/from the heli-pad

    Transportation Inclusions:
    • Scheduled motorcoach transfer from Calgary Airport (YYC) to Banff Hotel
    • All ground transportation between Banff and helipad / helipad and Calgary Airport
    • Helicopter flights to / from the Bugaboo Lodge
    • Multiple helicopter flights between hiking areas each day

    Other Inclusions:
    • Digital Travel Documents
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

    Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
    • Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices if other than what is provided as options above
    • The
    Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour in Banff is not available for the following 2019 departures: July 9, July 30, August 20
    • The day order of activities in Banff may be adjusted to fit tour schedules. Your Vacation Advisor can give further details.

    Not Included
    • Lunch and dinners while staying in Banff
    • Airfare (but do not hesitate to ask for help)
    • Gratuities for hotel, heli-guides, tour & transfer staff

    • Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    Ideas to customize this trip

    Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Extend your stay at your Fly-in Lodge to 6 nights
    • Combine this trip with a train ride to beautiful Vancouver, on the west coast
    • Include more activities such as rafting on the Kicking Horse River for a thrilling day excursion
    • Head out with a guide for a half day fishing adventure in Banff
    • Rent a car and drive to British Columbia and stay at a luxury ranch – take in a day of horseback riding and then pamper yourself with a massage and gourmet dinner
    • Add on a package for the Calgary Stampede (early July only)
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2019 Calgary Start Dates*
    June 30
    July 3, 6, 9, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30
    August 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29

    • Call for availability as many dates sell out far in advance.
    • Additional dates may be available using the Cariboo Lodge. Ask your Vacation Advisor about customizing your trip.

    Pricing For This Trip

    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 $4,295 to US $4,638 per 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.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodation Options

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

    Rimrock Resort - Rimrock Resort overlooking the Bow Valley

    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 - Remote heli-lodge setting

    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.

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This Trip in Pictures

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.

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