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Canadian Rockies Heli-Hiking Tour

Beautiful Banff & Heli-Hiking in the Bugaboos

  • Unleash your sense of adventure and join us in a rugged and undisturbed wilderness
  • Hike amid lush meadows, pristine lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and towering peaks
  • Begin in “civilization” with a classic Canadian Rockies hiking experience near Lake Louise
  • Journey by helicopter to reach otherwise inaccessible terrain—and choose to trek on a glacier or climb a peak by via ferrata

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.

Canadian Rockies Heli-Hiking Tour Map


Day 1 Hike to the rustic Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse, with views of Mount Victoria and the Victoria Glacier | Forge ahead to Lake Agnes along the Highline Trail and past Mirror Lake | Enjoy breathtaking glimpses of Lake Louise.

Day 2 Hike a switchback trail to the meadowland of Larch Valley fall | Enjoy 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.

Day 3 Embark on an exhilarating helicopter flight to our lodge | After a hearty lunch, fly to access hiking in some of the world's most stunning mountains—a spectacular landscape of jewel-colored lakes, wildflower-strewn meadows and glistening glaciers.

Days 4-5 Soar by helicopter to unspoiled areas ideal for exploration | As you hike, cross ridgelines weaving up and down through cirques and hanging valleys | Relish endless views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers | Choose to trek on a glacier or climb a via ferrata near the towering granite cathedrals of the Bugaboo spires. 

Day 6 Journey to Kootenay National Park and walk above Marble Canyon, crossing narrow bridges | 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.

Beautiful collection of routes, stunning views, great variety of activities, awesome leaders, and thoroughly enjoyable group of people!!
Trigirl - Indianapolis, IN
pp dbl. occ.
(+$2,200 for sgl. occ.)


6 days, 5 nights
Activity Level

Open 7 Days a Week
6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

Start / End
Banff, Alberta

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners included

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Premiere Hotels

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Moraine Lake Lodg

Moraine Lake Lodge

Lake Louise (2 nights)

This luxurious rustic lodge is set on the shore of Moraine Lake in Banff National Park and offers easy access to scenic hiking trails.

CMH Bugaboos Lodge

CMH Bugaboo Lodge

Bugaboo Provincial Park (3 nights)

The great spires of the Bugaboos tower above this remote wilderness lodge, which features a wood-and-stone bar, sauna and rooftop hot tub with staggering views. Rooms are simple with alpine charm.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 7 1200 8 1900
2 4 1500 6 1800 7 2400
11 2400
3 Helicopter Accessed Hiking—Various Mileage & Elevation Gain Options (Levels 1–2 Available)
4 Helicopter Accessed Hiking & Alpine Adventures—Various Mileage & Elevation Gain Options (Levels 2–4 Available)
5 Helicopter Accessed Hiking & Alpine Adventures—Various Mileage & Elevation Gain Options (Levels 2–4 Available)
6 2 100
4 200

Note: The terrain on this trip includes maintained mountain trails and rugged paths with some steep ascents and descents. Most activities on this trip take place at elevations of 5,000–7,000 feet, which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Canadian Rockies

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Canadian Rockies you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Canadian Rockies trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Canadian Rockies trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

We Know Our Neighbours Well

Backroads first headed up to Canada in 1980, when an older Trudeau was prime minister, and we've been exploring its spectacular landscapes ever since. Our leaders are Canadian and many are proud to make their homes in Canadian Rockies—where we offer more trips than any other active travel company and have spent many more years finding the best ones.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Canadian Rockies live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips


  • 10 or more guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $7,698 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $8,698 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $10,098 pp dbl occ

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