Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

Banff and Jasper National Parks

Trip Details

Alpine lake in the Canadian Rockies

What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • The High Life: The views from the mountaintops are tough to top – until you’re soaring above them in a helicopter!
  • Soak it all in: After a full day of trekking through the most spectacular scenery you’ve ever seen, soothe your sore muscles in the outdoor hot tub. Cocktail optional.
  • Walk on the wild side: Leave the crowds behind and explore the depths of the backcountry, with not another soul in sight – except your fellow hikers and guide.
  • Well-located Accommodations: Comfortable lodges in beautiful locations – overlooking the Banff Townsite, on the Pipestone River, on the shores of Lac Beauvert, and high up in the mountains.

Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory: North America

Region: Rocky Mountains

Trip Price: $6,950

Duration: 13 days/12 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Banff, Alberta / Calgary, Alberta

National Parklands: Banff NP;Jasper NP;Yoho NP

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

Energy Index

Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or hiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!

Itinerary

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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