Ultimate Canadian Rockies Hiking Adventure

Alpine Hiking to Suit Everyone - from Fly-In Wilderness Lodges

One of the challenges of hiking in the high Canadian Rockies with family and friends, is that everyone has different desires and abilities, and often there is a long trudge up through the forest to get to the alpine areas. Well, this trip solves all that - with a helicopter on hand to whisk you to the best spots, and expert guides to help everyone enjoy the hike that suits them best. You’ll experience the Canadian Rockies as few ever will – flying over glaciers, strolling through alpine meadows bursting with wildflowers, standing in awe of the vast Canadian wilderness – even jumping in an alpine lake for a quick dip after a picnic lunch! And when you’re done, the helicopter whips you back to your wonderful cozy lodge for a slap-up dinner and an evening sharing stories of your day.

  • Starting From

    $4,295 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    7 days

    6 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Banff, Calgary

The Best Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

Leave the crowds far behind, as you are lifted quickly up to some of the most amazing hiking in the Canadian Rockies – or the world, for that matter. This is mountain wilderness as few experience it – above the tree-line, among alpine meadows and high peaks, such peace exists as to revive one’s soul …

It’s All About Choice

This journey is all about choice. Before you start the heli-hiking part we offer a choice of daily activities, such as wildlife viewing and horseback riding. And once you are in your fly-in lodge, each day you will be asked how much – or how little – you feel like doing. And doing nothing and reading a book next to the fire is just fine too!

Wonderful Mountain Lodges Only Accessible by Air

Definitely no tents here! When your hike is finished return to your cozy lodge to share stories with your new friends, relax in the hot tub and enjoy amazing food and wine. Life does not get much better than this!


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 1 View Map

Arrive in Banff

Arrive in Calgary before traveling to Banff – a unique destination as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with all the charm of a small mountain community. Breathe in the fresh Canadian Rockies air – you’ve arrived!

Motorcoach Transfer from Calgary to Banff

(1 of 1 activities)

Enjoy the views on a motorcoach transfer from the Calgary Airport to Banff National Park.

Overnight in Banff

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Rimrock Resort. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

Day 2 View Map

Explore Banff National Park

Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration. Today your activity options are all about exploring some of the most beautiful places in Banff National Park either with a group or at your own pace.

Breakfast at the Rimrock Hotel

(1 of 1 activities)

Peruse the selection at Primrose Dining Room's buffet breakfast – complete with an omelet station. If the buffet isn't open, dig in to a delicious dish from their A La Carte breakfast menu. Start off your day alongside magnificent views that accompany every table.

Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour

(1 of 3 options)

On a guided sightseeing tour, stroll the shoreline at Lake Louise, and snap photos of the Valley Of The Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake.

Spray River Horseback Ride

(2 of 3 options)

This one-hour ride brings you through the untouched wilderness just outside Banff town-site. Ride past Bow Falls, Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, up Sulphur Mountain, and even crossing the Spray River. On hotter days, your horse may even splash through the water.

Guided Day Hike from Banff

(3 of 3 options)

Discover one of the classic hikes of the Banff area with a group and guide as you hike along a switchback trail dotted with lakes. Your professional driver and interpretive guide will pick you up and bring you a packed lunch for this moderate-difficulty hike.

Day 3 View Map

Banff National Park Discovery

Continue to adventure through the Canadian Rockies today with your choice of activity.

Breakfast at the Rimrock Hotel

(1 of 1 activities)

Peruse the selection at Primrose Dining Room's buffet breakfast – complete with an omelet station. If the buffet isn't open, dig in to a delicious dish from their A La Carte breakfast menu. Start off your day alongside magnificent views that accompany every table.

Guided Alpine Walk

(1 of 3 options)

Begin your day with a scenic ride up to a mountainside resort. Take in the spectacular views before a guided walk through Sunshine Meadows. Learn about the wildlife, vegetation and ecosystem of this fascinating world above the treeline.

Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour

(2 of 3 options)

Explore Kananaskis and Spray valleys with an expert naturalist. These are outstandingly beautiful areas of jagged peaks, alpine meadows, lakes and glaciers – home to moose, grizzly bears and many other species.

Banff Sunrise Photography Tour (Extra Cost)

(3 of 3 options)

Wake up early to experience the stunning scenery of Banff National Park at sunrise. Explore with a private guide and learn how to take great photos.

Day 4 View Map

Off to your Heli-Hiking Lodge

The excitement begins bright and early with a transfer to the heli-pad with a box lunch to enjoy on the way.

Heli-Hiking Adventure Begins

(1 of 2 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.

Suggested Alternative: Stay at the Cariboo Lodge

(2 of 2 activities)

Consider traveling up the Icefields Parkway to stay at the Cariboo Mountain Lodge just 1.5 hours west of Jasper. The remote lodge and terrain is only accessible by helicopter.

Overnight at 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 5 View Map

Heli-Hiking Adventure Continues

Discover alpine terrain most people will never visit, as you head out for more adventures today.

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 6 View Map

Heli-Hiking Adventure Continues

Another day of adventure awaits. Your comfortable mountain lodge provides an ideal location to explore the region.

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 7 View Map

Depart with Fond Memories Made

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

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.


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.

Hotel room featuring a king size bed, sitting area with 2 armchairs, desk space, and a large window with mountain views.Hotel bathroom featuring a single sink with extended counter top, a large mirror, toilet, a bath/shower combo, and white towels.
Guests enjoying outdoor hot tub
Let's personalize this trip idea with your own flair so that it's unique to you.
We're always here to open up possibilities and clear up uncertainties.
We're with you every step to help you plan and enjoy your trip, and get you home safely.


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.


  • 3 nights in Banff
  • 3 nights lodging at the Bugaboo Fly-in Hiking Lodge

Banff Activity Options:

Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
  2. Spray River Horseback Ride
  3. Guided Day Hike from Banff

Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Guided Alpine Walk
  2. Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour
  3. Banff Sunrise Photography Tour (extra cost)

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:

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

Transfer Inclusions:

  • Scheduled motorcoach transfer from Calgary Airport (YYC) to Banff Hotel
  • 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

Other Inclusions:

  • 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.
  • The Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour in Banff is not available for the following 2019 departures: July 9, July 30, August 20
  • The day order of activities in Banff may be adjusted to fit tour schedules. Your Vacation Advisor can give further details.
  • Lunch and dinners while staying in Banff
  • Airfare (but do not hesitate to ask for help)
  • Gratuities for hotel, heli-guides, tour & transfer staff
  • Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Canadian Sales Taxes.


  • Banff: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake sightseeing tour – Moraine Lake is closed and not included in this tour each year from early October to late May due to avalanche risk. Alternative stops and locations included when Moraine Lake is closed.
  • Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour: Tour only operates Sunday, Tuesday, Friday from June 1 to October 15 as walking trails are not open in early or late season due to not having optimal trail conditions.


This trip is available for departures between June and August.

Starting From

$4,295 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, June 2019 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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