Join co-founder of The Walking Connection Gene Taylor for an Epic Summer Adventure Heli-Hiking in Canada! Recharge and reconnect with nature to a place as close to heaven on earth as you can imagine. This photographers dream is also perfectly suited for most any hiking ability and interest.
Join us for either a 4 or 7-Day spectacular Canada Heli-Hiking Adventure! Bobbie Burns and Bugaboo Lodge experiences will make you believe you have just spent the last 72 hours exactly where you should be. No other place on Earth would have been a better place for you than where you were at that moment!
There are two ways to go! Join Gene’s scheduled adventure or travel independently at your convenience. Just let us know when it fits in your schedule! We match the booking prices of CMH.
Inside Your Adventure:
The helicopter has just landed; you and your small group get off and huddle on the ground next to it, holding onto your hat as the wind swirls around you. The helicopter lifts off and the wind is suddenly gone. You slowly stand up. On a mountain top at 8,000 feet of elevation, the twisting stream in the green valley below is nearly a mile down. Across the valley, a glacier made of ice thousands or years old clings to the top of a jagged mountain. Beyond it, layer upon layers of mountain peaks touching the heavens fade to the horizon.
“If you can only go on one more vacation for the rest of your life, this should be IT!” ~Gene & Jo Ann Taylor, 1994-2011.
Get off the beaten path, exploring the mountains as they really are: majestic, unspoiled and totally breathtaking. With a helicopter, you will have access to everything the mountains have to offer, from the peaks to glaciers and beautiful flowered meadows. You will walk above the tree line, across spectacular high mountain ridges where the peaks seem to go on forever. Amble through alpine meadows overflowing with vibrant wildflowers. Open your heart to a magical mountain wilderness.
You can walk and hike at your own level from a casual stroll to an endurance climb. Relax and let us handle every last detail — even down to the hiking equipment you will need from head to toe. There is no other feeling like being placed on a mountain top with only 10 other guests and a 360-degree view that will leave an impression on your mind, body and spirit — for the rest of your life!
It is necessary to arrive in Banff a day earlier than our heli-hike adventure begins in order to be transferred to the helicopter pick up point. Check in at a conveniently located hotel in central Banff. We’ll help you find one that meets your needs. (hotel and arrival airport transfer are not included.)
Meet at the central terminal in downtown Banff where we meet our fellow heli-hikers and board our luxury motorcoach. We head westward along the shores of the Bow River past the incredible mountain citadels of Banff National Park and into equally impressive Kootenay National Park. Wildlife sightings along the way are normal and inspiring. We cross the Rocky Mountain Trench, arriving at the Bugaboos Helipad. Snacks and beverages will be provided on board.
After a helicopter safety talk, we climb in and soar up for an afternoon of getting acquainted with the High Country. In the late afternoon, our chopper picks us up and it’s back to the lodge where delicious hors d’oeuvres are served in the lounge. Our casual gourmet dinner, served family style, will be at 7:00 (save room for the pastry chef’s latest inspiration). Then some camaraderie by the fire, maybe a sauna or whirlpool, and a great night’s sleep.
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You might want to join the optional morning stretch, or sleep a little later. A hardy buffet breakfast is served before our full day of heli-hiking begins! The first helicopter leaves with a flight into the Bugaboos that takes us to a range of personality-rich glaciers, emerald lakes, airy mountain ridges and soft fields of wildflowers. We’ll have a picnic lunch at a particularly winsome spot or on special days enjoy a barbecue lunch surrounded by spectacular utterly unspoiled high country landscapes.
Now, we hope this web page makes it clear not only that the landscapes in which we spend our days are knock-down, world-class gorgeous and varied, but that there is probably no other place on earth where you can experience such wildness and solitude without lugging a 40-pound backpack.
So, message delivered! Great hiking, picnicking, a little learning about glacial landscapes and their hardy life-forms, and lots of fun accomplished, we fly back at day’s end to the lodge for (depending on our mood) maybe a massage, a browse in the lodge shop, a game of chess, a go at the lodge climbing wall, a cocktail on the deck as alpen-glow bathes the peaks we’ve been communing with, dinner, storytelling in the living room, and another great night’s sleep.
(B, L, D)
After breakfast we fly out of the lodge, board a deluxe motor coach and retrace the journey through Kootenay and Banff National Parks en route to Banff and Calgary. You will have the choice of being dropped off in Banff or the Calgary Airport.
Itinerary: Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions, schedules of hosts, or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.
*Please note that both Gene Taylor is the designated host and escort for this trip if the minimum of 8 guests is met. Another host or escort may be substituted if for any reason he is unable to lead this adventure.
The included adventure is from September 1 – September 4, 2017. A pre-night in Banff is also necessary on August 31.
This trip begins in Banff, Alberta Canada. On the final day you can be transported back to Banff or to the Calgary Airport.
Your Walking Connection Experience Includes:
Bugaboo Lodges (and Bobbie Burns Lodge for extended trip) Include:
While at the lodge you will be provided with the following:
Tour Prices per person:
Guest Pricing For the 4 Day Heli-hiking Adventure:
Bugaboo Lodge from approximately $2555 USD per person (based upon double occupancy). The approximate USD price is based on the set price of $3390 CAD. Final will be calculated when final payment is Single option available on limited bases.
Guest Pricing For the 7 Day Heli-hiking Adventure:
Bobbie Burns & Bugaboo Lodges from approximately $4678 USD per person (based upon double occupancy). The approximate USD price is based on the set price of $6215CAD Single option available on limited bases.
Current exchange rate to US dollars will be calculated when final payment is made. *Prices are exclusive of GST, Provincial Tax, Municipal tax and airfare. Reservations Subject to Cancellation Policy.
Deposits: A deposit of 20% of your trip is required to reserve your space. No space will be held without a complete deposit. Deposits may be made by check or credit card. Prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuation and will be reflected in your final invoice.
Payments: All payments must be made according to the schedule & are subject to the cancellation & penalty policy. Final payment is due on or before June 1, 2017. Final payments can be made by check or credit card. A late fee of $35 will be charged if final payment is not received by this date.
*Not Included: The price of this tour does not include, GST, Provincial Tax, Municipal tax, airfare, airport transfer to Banff, and gratuities for the guides or lodge staff, optional tours or items of a personal nature such as drinks, photographs & phone calls. No discounts or refunds on any unused portion of the tour.
Trip Minimum: 8 Full Paying Guests: Because the Walking Connection specializes in traveling in small groups, many times we stay in small boutique hotel properties, historical Inns, private homes and bed and breakfasts. For this and contractual related reasons, some trips may require a minimum number of guests traveling together to go. FOR THIS TRIP, an additional Small Group Surcharge of $150 a person may be assessed or the trip will be unescorted by co-founder Gene Taylor if sign ups does not meet the 8 person minimum. This trip will be guaranteed to be conducted either when we have reached the minimum number of guests or evaluated 120 and 90 days prior to departure. Please do not make your international or domestic air arrangements until trip is confirmed.
Cancellation, Penalty & Refund Policies: Should you have to cancel your tour the following terms will apply:
Your deposit payment is refundable up March 10, 2017 less an administrative fee of $100.00. All monies become non-refundable after June 1, 2017. No refunds will be made for any unused portion of the tour.
All cancellations must be made in writing and delivered to The Walking Connection via e-mail and/or United States Post Office. Your cancellation date is the date your notice is received and confirmed by The Walking Connection, not the postmark date.
Travel Roommates and Single Supplements: If you have registered for double occupancy but do not have a travel roommate, the Walking Connection will attempt to locate one for you. In the event that a roommate cannot be found, you may be charged for a Single Supplement for any portion of the tour where you will be rooming as a single. Travel roommates are assigned in the order in which we receive deposited and confirmed reservations. Final roommate assignments will be made and you will be notified of any Single Supplement charges due 30 days prior to your final payment due date.