Canadian Rockies Heli-Hiking Explorer

Canadian Rockies Heli-hiking Explorer

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starting from US $4,295per person

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Sample Itinerary

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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.

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What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Accommodations:
• 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:
• Documentation package
• 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

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

• 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)

Accommodation Options

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

Rimrock Resort - Rimrock Resort overlooking the Bow ValleyRimrock Resort - Resort interior with an upscale feelRimrock Resort - Spectacular setting in every season

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 settingBugaboo Heli-hiking Lodge - Relaxing environment at the lodgeBugaboo Heli-hiking Lodge - Cozy rooms with mountain viewsBugaboo Heli-hiking Lodge - Hot tub to soak in after hiking

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.

 

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


Note:
• 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.

Trip Prices

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.

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 start 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 free 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 free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

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 Outline

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

Canadian Rockies Heli-hiking Explorer – Map Heli-hiking in the Canadian Rockies. Banff in summer with a view of Cascade Mountain at the end of the town Hike to Sunshine Meadows near Banff The Bugaboo fly-in heli-hiking lodge in the Bugaboo National Park Gourmet dinner with wine and a mountain view A helicopter flies past snow capped mountains in the Bugaboo National Park Two hikers are dwarfed by the surrounding Rocky Mountains on the alpine trails
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  • Evening Wildlife Safari
  • Banff Gondola experience to the top of Sulphur Mountain
  • Guided canoe tour along the Bow River

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  • Food tour to discover Toronto's unique culinary culture
  • A scenic bicycle tour to experience twilight on Toronto Islands
  • 9 minute helicopter tour, from downtown Toronto

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And here is another great reason – if you book one of our spectacular Canadian winter vacations before December 31, you'll receive up to $600 per couple in add-on travel credits to enhance your trip.

Here are some of our favorite add-on ideas:

  • Extend your trip – add a night in Vancouver or the Canadian Rockies.
  • Join a professional photographer on a private tour, to get the best pictures of Banff National Park in its winter splendor.
  • See the beautiful ice-formations as you snow shoe through crisp mountain snow.
  • Soar above the snowy Coastal Mountains of Vancouver, on a spectacular float plane tour.

Email or call our friendly Vacation Advisors today, and they'll help you plan your perfect winter experience. And remember, our Winter Wonderland Booking Bonus only lasts until midnight on December 30th, 2018.

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