Canadian Rockies Heli-Hiking Explorer

Canadian Rockies Heli-hiking Explorer

7

days

starting from US $4,295per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Majestic, unspoiled and totally breathtaking adventure hiking high above the tree line around the Canadian Rockies. You can choose from a heli-lodge based adventure, or a hotel based heli-hiking adventure. Either way, we’ve left plenty of opportunity for activity and indulgence.

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Trip at a glance

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

Itinerary

Please note, all our Canadian vacation packages can be customized to your interests, time frame, and budget - just ask one of our local experts when you call.

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

Days 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.

Day 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 8 – 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 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

What's Included

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

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

 

 

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 some more activities such as horse-riding in Banff; or go 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.

 

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 dates sell out far in advance
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.

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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