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Rockies Heli-Hiking Adventure

from £5312 excluding flights

  • 9 nights
  • Jun-Aug
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Hop in a helicopter for incredible hiking in the Canadian Rockies

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Choose from walks, hikes or adventure trails

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Heli-hiking excursions tailored to your interests and ability


Discover Jasper

Lake Louise

Explore Lake Louise, Jewel of the Rockies

Why this trip...

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

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Activities included

This itinerary features a range of included activities

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How you travel

This holiday features transport that is an integral part of the overall experience


Experience some of the most spectacular alpine scenery on this breathtaking 10-day adventure from Calgary to Vancouver. This self-drive holiday combines the best of the Canadian Rockies with incredible heli-hiking experiences.

Enjoy a stay in Banff before travelling to the remote Bugaboo National Park, accessible only by helicopter! Witness some of the world’s most glorious mountain terrain on guided hiking and walking excursions through areas rarely visited by humans. And for the ultimate adventure, the thrilling Via Ferrata.

Continue north to Lake Louise and onto Jasper along the stunning Icefields Parkway, known for its many sparkling glaciers, towering peaks and thunderous waterfalls. Then it’s time to head west to the resort of Sun Peaks. There is time to stop in charming town of Whistler on the way to Vancouver.


Leave the Stampede City of Calgary for the short drive to Banff, a resort town renowned for its natural beauty and stunning wildlife.

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You will be transferred from Banff on a scenic drive with through Banff and Kootenay National Parks to the Bugaboos Helipad. From here, enjoy your first flight to the Bugaboo Lodge, nestled in the mountains, deep in Bugaboo Provincial Park. After lunch at the lodge, fly up for an afternoon of hiking or leisurely guided walk in some of the world’s most stunning mountains.

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Set out by helicopter with your guide to spend the day exploring the immense variety of landscapes. You’ll be divided into groups according to the activity level and adventure you’ve chosen. Choose classic hiking, walking or one of the adventure trails such as the Skyladder Via Ferrata and the Bugaboo Spires Glacier Trek.

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Shortly after breakfast, prepare for departure. Once everyone is down at the helipad, you will be transferred back to Banff with a packed lunch – retracing the journey through Kootenay and Banff National Parks to Banff.  

Take the scenic Bow Valley Parkway route which runs parallel to the Trans-Canada highway. Be sure to stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls. 

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Today, travel along the incredible Icefields Parkway and incorporate the ultimate glacier exploration. Walk on ancient ice with the Ice Explorer ride and stand on a glass platform almost one thousand feet in the air at the Glacier Skywalk (included).  

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Today you can enjoy your choice of one included excursion from the following options:  

Option 1: Maligne lake cruise – enjoy a scenic boat trip on one of Canada’s most spectacular lakes, home to the much-photographed Spirit Island.(weather dependent)  

Option 2: Jasper River Float – take a gentle rafting tour on the Athabasca River through Jasper National Park.  

Option 3: Jasper Nature Walk – a guided nature walk through this spectacular landscape of jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams, and stunning glacial lakes. 

Spirit Island and Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

Today travel the ‘Yellowhead’ Route past Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Follows the Thompson River through the snowy peaks of the Monashee and Caribou Mountains before arriving in Sun Peaks.  

For your final day, travel to Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and ‘Mile Zero’ of the Old Caribou Wagon. Continue to the pretty Duffey and Joffre lakes. Stop in Whistler for lunch then on to Shannon Falls & Stawamus Chief Rock. Your Canadian Rockies adventure comes to an end upon your arrival in Vancouver. 


Nestled in the shadows of the Bugaboos mountain range in south east British Columbia, the Bugaboo Lodge sits at a commanding 1,500 metres high (that’s nearly a mile). This lodge will provide you with everything you need to explore and discover or simply relax.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £5312 excluding flights

Airfares start from around £550 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

What's Included

  • Car Hire with GPS
  • Choice of excursions in Jasper
  • Ice Explorer ride onto Athabasca Glacier + Glacier Skywalk
  • Coach transfers between Banff and CMH Heli Base
  • Return helicopter flight to and from the Bugaboo Lodge
  • Helicopter assisted hiking and/or walking with professionally certified mountain guides
  • Hiking equipment during heli-hiking adventures
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection


This itinerary starts from around £5,312 per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom in standard hotels, and rental of an intermediate vehicle.

Prices may vary depending on departure date and booking date, as well as any changes to the included components. The final cost of a tailored holiday will be based on the level of accommodation, size of vehicle, included activities, travel season, and how far in advance it is booked. We will confirm the exact price for your holiday in your individual quotation, based on your chosen travel dates and inclusions.

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