Ultimate Canadian Rockies Family Hiking Adventure

Alpine Adventures for all Ages

Treat your family to a Canadian adventure they will never forget. Experience the best of Banff National Park with hand-picked activity options to suit every family member. Save the best for last with majestic, unspoiled views as you hike high above the tree line in the Columbia Mountains. Staying in a mountain lodge accessible only by helicopter, explore an environment few people ever get to experience. After such a unique adventure, your family will be talking about this vacation for years to come.

  • Starting From

    $5,200 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    9 days

    8 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Calgary, Banff, Parson

Alpine Adventures for all Ages

Make the most of your family hiking adventure, without the hassle of packing up the car and driving to the trailhead each day. On this trip, experienced alpine guides whisk you away from a mountaintop lodge each morning by helicopter, to some of the world’s best hiking trails. Every hike will be catered to your abilities, making this a perfect adventure for all ages.

Experience the Thrill of Heli Hiking

Leave the crowded trails of Banff behind, and experience hiking high above the tree line. Best of all, each hike is accessible by helicopter – a thrilling way to start your day. You’ll be immersed in pristine wilderness – something few people ever get to experience. Discover alpine lakes, wildflowers, and endless views as far as the eye can see.

Luxury in the Wilderness

Your cozy mountaintop lodge, accessible only by air, is the perfect place to unwind and spend time together each evening. Enjoy delicious food, a soak in the hot tub, and great company as the sun sets behind the mountain peaks.


Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

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Day 01

Arrive in Calgary

Welcome to Calgary International Airport! Collect your rental car to begin your exploration of the Canadian Rockies. Banff is a unique destination – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with all the charm of a small mountain community. Breathe in the fresh Canadian Rockies air – you’ve arrived!

Consider staying in the quieter town of Canmore, just 30-minutes from Banff.

Discovery Parks Pass

(1 of 2 activities)

We've included an unlimited pass to Canada’s national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites.

Full Sized SUV Rental

(2 of 2 activities)

Enjoy the freedom of exploring by vehicle. Your rental includes loss damage waiver, 200 free kilometres per day,* and one additional driver. *Additional kilometres are $0.20 per km

Overnight in Banff

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Moose. Deluxe Hotels are perfect for travelers wanting more upscale amenities and accommodations. Exceptional service, location, and quality characterize these properties.

Day 02

Explore Banff National Park

Head out for a day of exploration in the Canadian Rockies. Today your activity options offer something for the whole family. Challenge yourselves by learning new skills or simply enjoy the beautiful setting of Banff National Park.

Family Friendly Kananaskis River Rafting

(1 of 4 options)

This exciting whitewater paddle on the Kananaskis River is a wonderful introduction to rafting! The Canadian Rockies provide a dramatic backdrop as a professional guide navigates and provides insights into the natural history. Maybe even swim in the river – you will get wet!

Horseshoe Canyon Rafting Tour

(2 of 4 options)

Whitewater thrills await on the Bow River! The Horseshoe Canyon offers spectacular scenery and big waves. All safety equipment and training are provided, and there will be practice time on calm waters before the big stuff. Feeling adventurous? Try an optional cliff jump into the river!

Voyageur Canoe Trip

(3 of 4 options)

Hopping into a Big Canoe is a great way to explore the Bow River together with other travelers! You'll have a qualified and entertaining guide with you as you paddle and learn about Banff National Park on the river with stories from the past and present.

Sunshine Village Walk with Scenic Gondola

(4 of 4 options)

Begin your day with a scenic gondola ride up to a mountainside resort. Take in the spectacular views before a guided walk through Sunshine Meadows. Your guide will teach you all about the fascinating ecosystem above the treeline.

Day 03

Banff National Park Discovery Continues

Continue to adventure through the Canadian Rockies today with family-friendly activities.

Cowboy Cookout by Horseback

(1 of 3 options)

Enjoy the fresh mountain air and real cowboy hospitality, with a morning horseback ride along the base of Sulphur Mountain to a freshly prepared BBQ served up at the 3 Mile Cabin by the Sundance Canyon Trail.

Via Ferrata Explorer Route

(2 of 3 options)

Exhilarate your senses and experience views of Banff rarely seen on this introductory tour into the exciting world of Via Ferrata! Climb up pitches, along ridges, and cross a suspension bridge, all while safely secured by ropes to a cable line attached to the rocks. Ask you Vacation Advisor for more details!

Explorer Cave Tour

(3 of 3 options)

Venture into an underground world in this introduction to caving. Spend approximately two hours underground, crawling past prehistoric bones and investigating ancient cave formations. This will be an unforgettable experience.

Day 04

Full Day in Banff National Park

Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Use your rental car to explore the Canadian Rockies, maybe visit the Icefields Parkway. Or simply relax and save your energy for your heli-hiking adventure tomorrow.

Banff in Summer

(1 of 1 activities)

Banff is like Canada’s playground. Visiting during the summer months gives you a chance to enjoy the crisp mountain air during early morning walks, hike through Banff National Park, stroll up and down Banff Avenue for a little shopping, or enjoy five-star spa treatments at your leisure. In the evening, you can enjoy the beautiful starry sky or dine at some of the best restaurants – the choice is yours. Whether you’re an adrenaline junky or prefer to experience the quieter side of Banff, there are activities for everyone.


Day 05

Fly to Remote Heli-Hiking Lodge

The excitement begins bright and early with a hosted motorcoach transfer to the heli-pad, before flying into the wilderness.

Heli-Hiking Adventure Begins

(1 of 1 activities)

Fly to a remote lodge, accessible only by helicopter. Meet your guide, then soar to a spectacular mountain ridge for an afternoon hike. A typical night includes relaxing in the whirlpool, or sharing stories with new friends by the fire.

Overnight at the Bugaboo Lodge

The Bugaboo Lodge sits at 1500 m (5000 ft). Featuring 32 rooms with private baths, as well as a sauna, steam room, game room, and cozy bar/lounge area. Enjoy private relaxation or gathering with new friends. The rooftop hot tub boasts unparalleled views of this magnificent setting.

Day 06

Family Heli-Hiking Adventure Continues

Continue exploring amazing mountain terrain and discover areas few people ever get to visit.

Explore the Columbia Mountains

(1 of 1 activities)

Take yourself higher than you ever thought you'd go. Hiking takes place between 1,828m (6,000ft) and 2,438m (8,000ft) – a comfortable altitude for most people. Heli-hikes can accommodate all abilities, regardless of age.

Day 07

Family Heli-Hiking Adventure Continues

Another day of adventure awaits. Your comfortable mountain lodge provides an ideal location to explore the region on this special family departure.

Discover Glaciers, Valleys and Ridges

(1 of 1 activities)

Explore the terrain of the Columbia Mountains. Enjoy different hiking locations in the morning and afternoon. Mountain vistas, alpine lakes, wildflowers, and glaciers will leave you in awe. Seated family-style for gourmet meals, mingle with fellow guests and guides while reliving the days adventures.

Day 08

Depart the Canadian Rockies

Your trip of a lifetime comes to an end today. Sit back and think of all that you've accomplished as you travel on wards.

Heli-Lodge to the Calgary Airport

(1 of 1 activities)

Say goodbye to the Rockies as you return by helicopter to the landing pad, where a bus transfer meets you to take you to the Calgary Airport for your onward flight.

Overnight at the Calgary Airport

Overnight in a Superior level hotel, such as the Calgary Airport Marriott Hotel. Superior Hotels are perfect for travelers wanting great value plus more upscale accommodations. Exceptional service, location, and quality characterize these properties.

Day 09

Depart Calgary

Much too soon you leave the beautiful colours and crisp air of Canada behind as your family vacation comes to an end.


Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

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To make sure that your holiday is full of only good surprises, here's a comprehensive list of what is (and isn't) included in your package.


  • 4 nights in Banff
  • 3 nights lodging at the Bugaboo Fly-in Hiking Lodge
  • 1 night at the Calgary Airport

Banff Activity Options

Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Family Friendly Kananaskis River Rafting
  2. Horseshoe Canyon Rafting Tour
  3. River Explorer Canoe Tour
  4. Guided Alpine Walk

Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Cowboy Cookout by Horseback
  2. Via Ferrata Explorer Route
  3. Explorer Cave Tour

Heli-Lodge Package Inclusions:

  • Experienced Certified Mountain Guides
  • Daily Heli-Hiking from the lodge (suited to your level)
  • Daily Guided Stretch at the lodge (optional)
  • Indoor Climbing Room
  • Games Room
  • Swimming Pond
  • Massage Therapy (extra cost)
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • All professional hiking gear while at the lodge (boots, backpacks, hiking poles, jackets, rain pants)

Meal Inclusions:

  • All meals at the Bugaboo Lodge including wine with dinner
  • Boxed meals and snacks during transportation to/from the heli-pad

Transfer Inclusions:

  • All ground transportation between Banff and helipad/helipad and Calgary Airport
  • Helicopter flights to/from the Bugaboo Lodge
  • Multiple helicopter flights between hiking areas each day at the lodge

Car Rental Inclusions:

  • 4-day mini van or full-sized SUV car rental between Calgary and Banff
  • Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million), fee for 1 additional driver, and vehicle licensing fee

Other Inclusions:

  • Digital Travel Documents
  • Discovery Parks Pass
  • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:

  • Activities at the Heli-Lodge may vary. Your guides will adjust as necessary to provide the best experience based on weather.
  • Meals, other than those mentioned
  • Car rental exclusions: Fuel and refueling fees, Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Personal Effects Coverage (PEC), One way drop fee for car rental if applicable, LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type, Fee for drivers under the age of 25
  • Alcoholic beverages at the Bugaboos Lodge (other than wine with dinner)
  • Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
  • Gratuities for hotel, tour & transfer staff
  • Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended – ask us for a quote)
  • Canadian Sales Taxes
  • There are currently no seasonal restrictions


This trip is available for departures between June and August.

Starting From

$5,200 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, June 2020 departure and our base class.

We offer a range of packages across all four seasons. Please speak with one of our travel advisors about personalizing your trip and getting a comprehensive quote.

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