Dramatic solitude. Cherish it on memorable hikes amid jagged peaks, translucent lakes and the famous Bugaboo spires. By helicopter, journey to areas so remote it would be an epic challenge to get there on your own—if you could get there at all. Despite their name, the Bugaboos are not to be feared. On this trip, they are to be savored.
1 Begin your alpine adventure near lovely Lake Louise, in an area rich in breathtaking topography and fascinating animal species Hike to the rustic Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse, nestled among dwarf subalpine pines with views of Mount Victoria and the Victoria Glacier It's a cozy spot for a lunch break—fancy some chocolate cake? Forge ahead to Lake Agnes along the Highline Trail and past Mirror Lake, also known as the Goat's Looking Glass Enjoy breathtaking glimpses of Lake Louise.
2 Hike a switchback trail to the meadowland of Larch Valley, named for the trees whose needles turn a brilliant gold in the fall Climbing higher, enter an alpine environment with dramatic views of the Wenkchemna Peaks at every turn Refuel with lunch on the banks of Minnestimma Lake before continuing to the top of Sentinel Pass for a jaw-dropping panorama of the Valley of Ten Peaks and Paradise Valley The tall rock spires just beneath the pass—aptly named Sentinel Towers—are popular among rock climbers Later, if you're up for more exploring, consider canoeing on Moraine Lake.
3 Embark on a scenic and exhilarating helicopter flight to Bugaboo Lodge, where you'll meet the local guides who will lead our hikes After a hearty lunch, fly up high for your first taste of hiking in some of the world's most stunning mountains amid a spectacular panorama of jewel-colored lakes, wildflower-strewn meadows and glistening glaciers.
4-5 Soar by helicopter to unspoiled areas ideal for exploration, selecting from a full menu of hiking options and alpine activities each day As you hike, cross ridgelines weaving up and down through cirques and hanging valleys, each with its own glacial lake or tarn reflecting brilliant colors, from deep azure to shimmering turquoise You'll have the endless views of the surrounding spires, peaks and glaciers all to yourself—despite the area's worldwide reputation! Choose to glacier trek or climb a via ferrata and embark on an all‐day adrenaline-pumping odyssey of eye‐popping views just a few steps from the towering granite cathedrals of the Bugaboo spires.
6 Journey to Kootenay National Park and walk above beautiful Marble Canyon, crossing narrow bridges that offer vivid views down its steep walls Inhale the aroma of the diverse flora and listen to the roar of Tokumm Creek crashing below Explore the Paint Pots—a group of three iron-rich cold mineral springs that bubble up and stain the earth a deep red-orange—originally discovered and used by natives and still considered sacred to this day.