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Canadian Rockies Family Heli-Hiking Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Beautiful Banff & Heli-Hiking in the Rocky Mountains

From $5,098 - $5,398 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$2,200 for sgl. occ.)

Dramatic solitude. Cherish it on memorable hikes amid jagged peaks and translucent lakes. By helicopter, you and your gang will journey to areas so remote it would be an epic challenge to get there on your own—if you could get there at all. Sharp rock formations atop Mount Nimbus are not to be feared. On this trip, they are to be savored.

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Banff, Alberta

Canadian Rockies Heli-Hiking Tour Map

Highlights

  • Unleash your sense of adventure and join us in a rugged and undisturbed wilderness with 360-degree views of spectacular scenery
  • Hike amid lush alpine meadows, pristine glacial lakes, picturesque waterfalls and towering peaks
  • Begin in “civilization” with classic Canadian Rockies hiking at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
  • Journey by helicopter to reach otherwise inaccessible terrain—choose to trek on a glacier or climb a peak by via ferrata
Canada

Banff, Alberta

Canadian Rockies Heli-Hiking Tour Map

Itinerary

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.

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. View cancellation policy.

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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 a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 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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Prices

From $5,098 - $5,398 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$2,200 for sgl. occ.)

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Premiere Hotels

Moraine Lake Lodg
Moraine Lake Lodge

Lake Louise (2 nights)

CMH Bobbie Burns Lodge
CMH Bobbie Burns Lodge

Brisco (3 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Canadian Rockies

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

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 Bobbie Burns Lodge

CMH Bobbie Burns Lodge

Brisco (3 nights)

Perched high in the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges, this remote and cozy wilderness lodge, with simple but charming rooms, boasts breathtaking scenery, an extensive wine cellar, sauna and outdoor whirlpool.

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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 level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

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.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Canadian Rockies designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

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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