Province/Territory: Alberta

Soar to new hiking trails by helicopter

  • 10 minute flight to spectacular mountain meadows
  • 04 hour hike surrounded by wildlife and mountain vistas
  • 100 million year old mountain ridge to hike on

Alpine Helicopter and White Mountain Adventures have teamed up to provide the ultimate backcountry experience. Fly far above and beyond the pavement, over rivers, waterfalls, treelines and rock to be left in the pristine mountain wilderness of the Rockies. The helicopter slips away leaving your group and hiking guide to explore it all. Smell the fresh breeze as it lifts the subtle alpine fragrance from the trees. Listen to the silence shatter as a Pika shrills a warning to his fellow meadow mates. Watch as an eagle drifts by. Take photos of sparkling waterfalls, lingering snowfields, tiny mountain flowers and breathtaking horizons. It’s a staggering amount of new experiences but your skillful guide leads you along trails used by mountain goats and sheep, bears and elk. Listen to tales of how pioneer guides enticed travellers like you to the mountains over 100 years ago. Learn how the row upon row of mountains were pushed and thrust into the stunning landscape you are hiking. Keep a keen eye on the lookout with your camera ready for that ultimate wildlife shot you’ve been waiting for. As the helicopter takes you back to Canmore, your legs will be tired but your camera and heart will be full of memories of your backcountry adventure.

Why you should visit
  • Take a thrilling flight to alpine meadows far from the crowds to explore spectacular mountain trails.
  • Your expert guide will point out plants and animals, and rock formations you’ve dreamed of seeing.
  • Stroll main street Canmore for mountain art and souvenirs and delicious dinners.
  • Wake up to spectacular mountain sunrises in Canmore.
  • After your epic hike, soak in the warm waters of Banff Upper Hot Springs.
  • Take a hike, go fishing or just relax on a scenic boat tour of Lake Minnewanka.

Weather

  • The weather in The Canadian Rockies is unpredictable so be prepared by bringing a variety of layers. The sun at these alpine altitudes is strong year-long, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat for protection from UV exposure is suggested.
  • Canmore enjoys warm summers with occasional unseasonably hot days but it is not uncommon to have cooler temperatures. July and August daytime highs sit at an average of 21°C dipping to 12°C in the night. Canmore receives 55 mm of rain during the summer months.
  • The fall season is short for Canmore with the leaves quickly turning colours in September with chances of early snow in October.
  • Winter is wonderful in Canmore but cold. December brings frosty air with an average daytime high of -3°C dipping to -14°C at night.
  • Spring time is a mix of all seasons so bring some lighter weight clothes as well as some thick sweaters and waterproof coat. The snow stays quite long into the season with spring daytime average high temperatures of 10°C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Book heli-hiking tours late June through September.
  • Food & beverages available near the helicopter base in Canmore.
  • On-site gift shop.
  • Tours offered in English, French and German.
When to go
  • Heli-hiking is only available once the snow is off the trails and the footing is dry - usually from mid-June to late September.
  • Other helicopter tours are offered year round without hiking.
  • Other back country tours not using helicopters are offered year round by White Mountain Adventures.
Need to know
  • The helicopter flight is 9 minutes from the river valley up to a secluded area of Mount Charles Stewart. The hike is 2 to 4 hours and the distance covered depends on the ability of the group.
  • If the weather turns and it is unsafe for helicopter travel, an alternate guided hike with adjusted pricing will be arranged.
  • Be at the heliport one hour prior to flight time for safety video and briefing with your guide.
  • Wear hiking shoes. Recommended to wear/bring long sleeve shirts, warm jacket, rain protection, suncreen, ball cap and bottled water.
  • Hiking shoes, jackets daypacks and hiking poles can be provided by the tour operator.
Getting Here
  • Meet at Alpine Helicopters heli-port on Bow Valley Trail on the outskirts of the town of Canmore, just minutes east of the Banff National Park gates.
  • Approximately 1 hour from Calgary (104 km) head west on the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy. 1) to Canmore. Or, 20 minutes east of the town of Banff.
  • Transportation from the town of Banff or Canmore can be arranged at extra cost.
  • On-site parking for cars and RV’s.