Canadian Rockies Heli-Hiking Adventure

Banff and Jasper National Parks

Trip Details


Day 1: Banff, Alberta

Arrive in Calgary and head straight for the mountains! The first destination is Banff National Park and the Banff Townsite. Settle into Buffalo Mountain Lodge, set atop Tunnel Mountain, overlooking the Bow Valley and the bustling Banff Avenue. Relax and have dinner at the hotel, or stretch your legs on a walk to the Hoodoos Trail or down the hill into town to stroll the streets and find your restaurant of choice.  

Days 2-4: Bobbie Burns Lodge, Backcountry, British Columbia

An incredible experience awaits, taking you to the wonder-filled, backcountry Bobbie Burns Lodge, exquisitely run by the world’s premier heli-hike and ski company, Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH). Three days of bliss begin with a helicopter trip to the lodge, taking you over rugged, massive mountains to a landing pad beside the lodge. Accommodations are in comfortable rooms with private baths, and your stay includes superb meals, helicopter outings to gorgeous destinations for days of hiking high in the alpine country. In addition, consider ziplining, a high ropes course, climbing, massage, and relaxing in the whirlpool tub. Can you say paradise?! 

Days 5-7: Lake Louise, Alberta

Return down to earth (!) and settle in to another gem-of-a destination – Lake Louise. This spectacular area of Banff National Park features superior access to trails, turquoise blue lakes, and the wonders of neighboring Yoho National Park. Retreat to lovely accommodations at the Relais and Chateau Post Hotel, serving with the region’s most highly acclaimed cuisine. Spend one full day on the Kicking Horse River on a guided whitewater trip, with opportunities to hone your paddling skills, feast on a barbecue lunch served riverside, and travel through endless whitewater to the take-out. On your second day, saddle up for a horseback ride to a cozy, historic tea house, accessible only by trail and serving delicious lunch in the wilds of the Canadian Rockies.

Days 8-10: Jasper, Alberta

The route between Lake Louise and Jasper National Park is the one-and-only Icefields Parkway, a three-hour long stretch of road that is a marvel from start to finish. Stop en route to photograph Peyto Lake, take a short walk to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier, and other pullouts and overlooks. Jasper Park Lodge is your fine accommodation in the heart of Jasper National Park, a beautiful and spacious property on the shores or Lac Beauvert. Spend one day with a naturalist guide, hiking and exploring, and another full day will be yours to enjoy the area however you’d like – with loads of recommendations from Off the Beaten Path.  

Days 11-12: Canmore, Alberta

Make the leisurely, scenic drive to Canmore today, returning along the Icefields Parkway, with the opportunity to stop and take in whatever you didn’t have the time for on your way to up. Canmore sits below the Three Sisters peaks, just outside the boundary of Banff National Park. Stay at the English-style Georgetown Inn or the boutique Paintbox Lodge, both within walking distance to town. For your full day, indulge in one more heli-hiking outing, taking you above treeline for wildflowers, snowfields, and views of forever. In the evenings, stroll the charming streets of Canmore, in search of the perfect restaurant to celebrate your fabulous journey through the Canadian Rockies! 

Day 13: Fly Home from Calgary, Alberta

Return to Calgary for flights home.  

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