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Canadian Wilderness & Heli-Hike

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The Canadian Rockies are natures playground, and we can enjoy the thrilling ride of discovering mighty jagged ice capped peaks, crystal clear alpine lakes, thrashing falls and varied wildlife. And it does not get more epic than a Heli-Hike from the Lake of the Falls. From above we can get an exciting perspective of the dramatic and beautiful landscapes that await us during the hike. This is true bucket list stuff. 

We arrive in Calgary, and stay the night before heading to Kananaskis, in the foothills and front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Some wonderful walks await us here, taking us to alpine lakes and pretty meadows as we walk the Rawson Lake trail.  The Burstall Pass ascends Mount Assiniboine and rewards us with views down as far as Banff National Park. And the Centennial Ridge trail is the highest maintained trail in the Rockies and crosses over the top of Mount Allan, revealing the most awe-inspiring views. 

Our scenic journey to Golden takes us through numerous national parks. Golden itself is the gateway to both Glacier and Yoho National Parks, and we will discover both parks through a series of walks including the Iceline trail, and the Abbot Ridge trail. Next, we travel to the biggest and most diverse of all the national parks in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park.  To discover rolling hills, forests, small lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, canyons and caves, surrounded by mighty mountain peaks and the perfect place to spot more of Canada’s elusive wildlife. 

On our way to Banff we set our sights on Lake Louise. A beautiful hamlet known for its turquoise glacier-fed lakes surrounded by high peaks, and the location of our thrilling Heli-Hike. Admiring the magnificent scenery below, we land at The Lake of the Falls, and our local guide will decide where we head from here, but what we do know is the scenery will not disappoint.  And finally, Banff National Park, where mountain scenery is renowned the world over. Here we are spoilt for choice, so we have included some of our favourites. Sentinel Pass begins with breath-taking views of the Valley of the Ten Peaks, towering above stunning Moraine Lake, and it only gets better from here! And the Cory and Edith Pass is best saved until last, an exhilarating walk, which ensures that you work hard to earn the glory of reaching each pass, rewarding us with our final views of the Rockies before we sadly head home. 

We travel back to Calgary and head straight to the airport for our return flight. 

 

Holiday Highlights

Helicopter into the Canadian wilderness for remote walking
World class walking in the Canadian Rockies finest national parks: Jasper, Banff, Yoho and Glacier
Search for bear, moose and back country wildlife
 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

    Return flights from Heathrow to Calgary (British Airways) 
    Airport transfers
    En suite accommodation including breakfast
    Eleven lunches taken as a picnic and four dinners taken in local restaurants  
    Small helicopter flight, plus back-country walking
    All local transport costs
     
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 6

  1. Day 1

    Our journey begins once we arrive in Calgary in the evening and transfer to our hotel.

    Accommodation: Art Hotel or Acclaim Airport Hotel 

    Meals: Dinner

  2. Day 2

    Today we explore the Kananaskis Lake area with a walk along the Rawson Lake Trail. This walk rewards us with a spectacular view of the Upper Kananaskis Lake and the beautiful green Rawson Lake which is sitting below the sheer cliffs of Mount Sarrail. Keep your eyes open during the walk, you might have the chance to spot a Grizzly Bear!

    Distance: 5 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 300 m

    Duration: 4 hours

    Accommodation: Mount Kid Manor

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  3. Day 3

    We travel to Canmore, the start of the Burstall Pass Trail. This route leads us through larch trees, along the Burstall Lake and over marshy gravel flats. Part of the walk takes us through a small stream, so you may want to bring sandals for this section. As we emerge through the trees, on the final part of the walk, the trail opens up to reveal a stunning view down as far as Banff National Park and the surrounding Canadian Rockies.

    Distance: 10 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 667 m

    Accommodation: Mount Kid Manor

    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  4. Day 4

    On our final morning in Kananaskis we follow the highest maintained trail in the Canadian Rockies, the Centennial Ridge Trail. This is one of our more challenging walks, with an ascent of 600m over the first miles on the trail, but as you make your way up this strenuous section you will be rewarded with a breath-taking view of the rock garden and the surrounding Rockies.

    Distance: 10 miles

    Duration: 6 hours

    Accommodation: Mount Kid Manor

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  5. Day 5

       In the morning we drive to Yoho National Park, and here we discover the waterfalls, alpine lakes and glaciers on our way to the start of the Iceline Trail. You will hear the hum of the Takakkaw Falls for almost the entire hike, passing by several large glaciers, formed due the immense amount of water falling almost 1,000 feet from top to base.

    Distance: 12.5 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 870m

    Duration: 8 hours

    Accommodation: Prestige Inn Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  6. Day 6

    For our final day in Golden we will hike the Abbott Ridge Trail, which is located in Glacier National Park. The route leads us through an idyllic forest and past pretty mountain lakes. The view over the mountains gets better the higher you climb. This walk rewards us with a wonderful view of mountains, valleys and glaciers in every direction.

    Distance: 8.5 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 1030 m

    Duration: 6 hours

    Accommodation: Prestige Inn Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  7. Day 7

    On route to Jasper, we travel along Icefields Parkway, a mountain road through the heart of Banff and Jasper National Park. On the way we stop to walk the Wilcox Pass Trail. At the beginning of the trail, you will find beautiful meadows, Big Horn Sheep and outstanding views of the Columbia Icefields. As we walk along the ridge towards the summit of Wilcox Pass, the full 4 miles length of the Athabasca glacier stays in view.

    Distance: 6 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 390 m

    Duration: 4 hours

    Accommodation: Jasper Inn & Suites

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  8. Day 8

     We spend a further day in Jasper National Park and set our sights on Bald Hills Trail.  An uphill trail to the grass hills above Maligne Lake, with spectacular views over the mountains.

    Distance: 6 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 700 m

    Duration: 4 hours

    Accommodation: Jasper Inn & Suites

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  9. Day 9

    Today we do the ultimate walk and a true highlight of the trip. We drive down Icefield Parkway south, to the Helipad to meet our helicopter. We take to the skies and admire the magnificent scenery that awaits us below. We land at The Lake of the Falls, and our local guide will decide where we head from here, but what we do know is the scenery will not disappoint. 

    Accommodation: Lake Louise Inn

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  10. Day 10

    Today we will walk the Sentinel Pass, one of Banff’s most iconic walks, offering spectacular views of the Valley of the Ten Peaks towering above Moraine Lake. The walk ascends through trees in sections then opens out to reveal the most magical views of numerous lakes, mountains and valleys.  There are some steep sections, but the effort is certainly worth it.

    Distance: 7.5 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 725 m

    Duration: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Banff Caribou Lodge

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  11. Day 11

    Today we explore the Cory & Edith Loop Pass. The total loop distance is nearly 10 miles.  Wildflowers are abundant as the hike ascends through grasslands into the amazing view of surrounding mountains and the view back across Vermilion Lakes.

    Distance: 8 miles

    Duration: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Banff Caribou Lodge

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  12. Day 12

     The late flight home means that there is plenty of free time in Banff. There are several short trails to follow, museums to visit and of course plenty of shops for those last-minute souvenirs for loved ones. It is even possible to hire canoes for a trip up the Bow River. We then travel by road to Calgary Airport for the return overnight flight to London.

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  13. Day 13

    Arrive back in the UK.

Travel Details

Return flights from Heathrow to Calgary (British Airways) 

Arrival transfer by road c.30mins

 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa

The Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa is in an outstanding location in Banff National Park, and just a short walk to downtown Banff. Hotel facilities include a jetted hot pool, a spa, steam room and exercise room, and complimentary WIFI throughout. Rooms are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, mini fridge, a safe, hairdryer and an electric fan. 

 

 

 


Jasper Inn & Suites

Well located, close to Jasper National Park, the Jasper Inn & Suites is a relaxed, friendly, low-rise hotel. They have many facilities, to ensure that we are both relaxed and entertained during our stay, including an indoor pool, a hot tub, sauna, restaurant, lounge and terrace area. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, and free WI-FI throughout. 


Lake Louise Inn

The Lake Louise Inn combines the comfort and convenience of modern amenities with a beautiful rustic lodge style accommodation in a majestic mountain setting. This wonderful hotel provides guests with the following facilities, a fitness centre, indoor heated pool and whirlpool, three restaurants, complimentary bike hire, and complimentary WI-FI is available in the lobby and guestrooms. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, clock radio and some room types have kitchens, balconies, a fireplace and Jacuzzi tubs. 


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