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Alpine Appétit

A hike, sip & savour experience in British Columbia’s wilderness 

August 20 - 23, 2021 at CMH Bobbie Burns

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3 incredible culinary experiences, 3 inspiring days, 1 memorable location 

Embark on this rare opportunity to immerse yourself in a sensory adventure in one of the most astounding places in Canada. This bucket-list-worthy trip takes you to the iconic CMH Bobbie Burns for 3 unforgettable days that combine helicopter-accessed hiking with elevated dining experiences.  

This exclusive trip takes CMH's already-incredible dining program and raises it to a next-level culinary adventure in the mountains. Spend the day working up an appetite while exploring the stunning alpine (wait ‘til you see the views). Later, slip off your hiking boots and indulge in special creations prepared with fresh, regional ingredients by a team of CMH’s top chefs. 

Your dining experiences will be perfectly paired with beverages from an award-winning winery, brewery and distillery. You’ll savour cocktails, smooth wine and craft beer from Alberta and British Columbia and treat your taste buds to tapas and multi-course meals. Throughout, you’ll have unique opportunities to interact directly with the trip’s chefs and beverage experts, so you can take a few culinary secrets home with you.

Season

The Alpine Appetit trip is held in August 2021

Duration

Guests

Adult
$4,575

Estimated total
$4,575
$1,525 per night
Price based on double-occupancy. Includes lodging, daily heli access, meals & transportation. Must be age 19+

Talk to our planning experts 1-800-661-0252

Arrival

6:45 am
Depart Banff to helipad
9:30 am
Arrive at helipad for heli-transfer to CMH Bobbie Burns Lodge
10:30-11 am
Upon arrival, you’ll get acquainted with the lodge
11:30 am
Lunch
1 pm
After a helicopter safety briefing, enjoy your first afternoon of helicopter-accessed exploration, led by our professionally accredited guides.
4-5 pm
Return to the lodge and indulge in one of its many relaxing amenities. Head for a soak in the hot tub or unwind with a massage before dinner.
6 pm
Cocktails & tapas with Park Distillery: Enjoy your first gourmet experience of the trip, paired with tongue-tapping cocktails from the masters of small-batch spirits, Park Distillery. A talented CMH chef will create a selection of beautifully crafted tapas, and Park Distillery will provide the drink pairing. Our staff will join you for the meal each evening.
 
About Park Distillery
Park Distillery is an award-winning spirits and whisky distillery from Banff, Alberta. By using hand-milling, hand-mashing and hand-distilling techniques to preserve the purity of its locally sourced grain and glacier-fed water, Park Distillery’s small-batch spirits have been recognized nationally and internationally with a growing list of awards.

Day 2

7:30 am
Wake up with a dynamic warm-up class
8 am
Fuel up with an array of delicious breakfast fare to start your day. Pack your lunch and get ready for adventure. 
9 am
The first group will fly into the mountains.
12 pm
Lunch in the field
4-5 pm
Return to the lodge to enjoy a peaceful moment for yourself before dinner. Take in the view from the deck or cool off with a dip in the swimming pond.
6 pm
Brews & BBQs with Field House Brewing: It’s time for a beautifully prepared BBQ alongside farmhouse ales and other craft beers from renowned B.C. craft brewery, Field House Brewing. Swap stories of your incredible adventures over a delicious array of BBQ style dishes prepared by a passionate CMH chef, watching the sun set on another incredible day in the mountains.
 
About Field House Brewing
Based in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Field House Brewing creates unique takes on classic beers. This brewer has established a thriving farm where they grow their own grain to create specialty beers, like Golden Plum, an aged golden sour ale made with barley and juicy plumbs picked fresh from the farm. With a focus on community, Field House also grows produce for food banks and other partners.

Day 3

7:30 am
Wake up with a dynamic warm-up class
8 am
Fuel up with an array of delicious breakfast fare to start your day. Pack your lunch and get ready for adventure. 
9 am
The first group will fly into the mountains.
12 pm
Lunch in the field
4-5 pm
Return to the lodge and enjoy some downtime. Kick back with a book or explore the spa.
6 pm
Happy Hour with Hester Creek Estate Winery: Ignite your appetite with a glass of Hester Creek wine ahead of your final night of dining.
7 pm
Winemaker's dinner with Hester Creek Estate Winery: The last night of the trip calls for something special. Celebrated B.C. winery, Hester Creek, brings their finest selection of wines, which pair beautifully with a decadent menu created by a remarkable CMH chef. This incredible winemaker’s dinner is the perfect close to a trip to remember.
 
About Hester Creek Estate Winery
Hester Creek's roots run deep. As one of the oldest wine properties in the South Okanagan, they are graced with historic vineyards and a modern winery. A pioneer on the Golden Mile Bench, their vineyard was first planted with classic varietals in 1968. Blending traditional, sustainable vineyard practices and innovative winemaking with a state of the art cellar, their old vines wines reflect their celebrated terroir. A destination winery, Hester Creek offers a Mediterranean influenced setting with customized tastings, scenic patios, barbeques, live music, farm-to-table cooking classes, Tuscan styled Villa accommodations, and Italian inspired dining at Terrafina Restaurant.

Departure Day

8 am
Enjoy a hearty lodge breakfast before departing the lodge with your final heli-transfer
10:45 am
Private coach transfer from helipad to Banff, Lake Louise and Calgary International Airport.
1 pm
Estimated arrival time in Banff.
3 pm
Anticipated arrival at Calgary International Airport (YYC). We recommend guests do not book flights until after 6pm MT.
 
 
*Please note: Hiking schedule and lunch times may vary

What CMH provides for each trip

Food & Beverage

Three elevated evening dining experiences paired with featured alcohol provided by our beverage partners. All other food, including chef-prepared breakfasts, individually packed lunches to enjoy in the field, and après-hiking snacks. Most non-alcoholic refreshments are also provided.

Accommodations

A double occupancy room in the hotel-style CMH Bobbie Burns Lodge for the duration of your stay, featuring a full range of inviting onsite amenities.

Heli-Assisted Guided Adventure

Professionally accredited guides will accompany you on your adventure, featuring heli flights up and down the mountains plus return flights to your lodge.

Ground Transportation

From Banff, Lake Louise or Goldento the CMH Bobbie Burns helipad, and return to Golden, Lake Louise, Banff or the Calgary International Airport (YYC).

Hiking boots, backpack and jacket

Equipment

Use of CMH hiking equipment, including boots, rain jackets, wind pants, day packs and hiking poles. Some of our guests opt to use their own equipment – the choice is yours.

What to pack

Elevate your expectations

Situated at 1,360m (4,462 ft), CMH Bobbie Burns Lodge was masterfully remodeled in 2019 and offers the height of wilderness hospitality. Inviting accommodations, lodge amenities and stellar cuisine all come together to create a perfectly luxurious retreat just a short drive from Calgary.

Featuring an outdoor hot tub, a games room a spa area with steam room, sauna and more, CMH Bobbie Burns Lodge brings mountain bliss into the spotlight. It also boasts the largest wine cellar in the CMH family of lodges. Coupled with a swimming pond and a babbling stream outside your door, CMH Bobbie Burns Lodge has all the ingredients for an unforgettable escape. Book your summer trip to Bobbie Burns today.

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Towel room at CMH Bobbie Burns Lodge

Additional details

Single supplement is available by request on a space-available basis, depending on the lodge and the number of nights in your stay. As a solo traveller you may book on a twin-share basis, and we will attempt to match you with a same-gender roommate. If we are unable to do so, you will not be charged for the upgrade to single occupancy

Non-smoking rooms | No pets please | Complimentary laundry facilities

All prices are $CAD ($USD prices shown are based on currency rates available from www.bankofcanada.ca and are subject to change).

Journey to Bobbie Burns

Your CMH Bobbie Burns trip begins with a private coach ride from Banff through Golden, BC and onward to the helipad at Parson. Then you’ll enjoy a short heli ride to CMH Bobbie Burns Lodge – your home away from home, loaded with amenities and attractions.

Please note that a Parks Canada pass is required to park in Banff or drive to our helipads. If you’re self-driving and require a pass, you can avoid lineups at the park gate by buying a pass online.

Arrival/departure information Self-Driving Directions (Via Banff) CMH Area Map Purchase a Parks Canada Pass

Custom Travel Options

Customize your travel details by contacting us

1-800-661-0252

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Banff - Bobbie Burns Helipad

176km / 109.4 mi (2 hrs)

Enjoy private coach transportation from Banff along a corridor lined with Rocky Mountains and epic forests toward Golden, BC. From there, we’ll travel southwest to Parson, arriving at the Bobbie Burns helipad.

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Bobbie Burns Helipad - CMH Bobbie Burns Lodge

10 mins

After disembarking your coach, you’ll get to meet your pilot and receive a full briefing on helicopter safety before your quick, exciting flight up to CMH Bobbie Burns Lodge. Time to lift off!

How does this trip differ from a regular summer trip?  

The daily itinerary and time spent hiking are much the same on this trip as it is for our regular Summer Adventure program. The difference is the elevated dining and beverage experiences that you will enjoy. This trip takes our already-stellar dining program and amplifies it even more. It also includes featured drink pairings from three special beverage partners to accompany your meal each evening. 

Can I participate in the via ferrata on this trip? 

Yes! Guests will have the opportunity to participate in our Via Ferrata on this trip. Please note: the minimum age to participate in a via ferrata is 12 years old. Based on the safety guidelines of our equipment used on the via ferrata, the minimum weight limit is 100 lbs. and the maximum weight limit is 280 lbs. Participation in the Via Ferrata is at the discretion of the Area Management team.  

I’m a vegetarian, vegan, or have other dietary requirements. What can I expect? 

You can expect the same level of elevated dining experience as any other guest. You will receive an equal number of courses, quality and choice. Please inform your CMH sales agent of your requirements at the time of booking, and your needs will be fully incorporated. 

Where will the ingredients for this trip come from? 

You can expect an immersive regional and seasonal Canadian dining experience. The ingredients for the food and drink you’ll enjoy will be sourced from British Columbia and Alberta in every instance possible.   

Are the featured drink pairings unlimited?  

Each night, a featured drink partner will provide specific drinks to enjoy (these are included in the trip price). Though not unlimited, there will be plenty available for each guest! If you wish to drink above-and-beyond the included feature drink pairings, the CMH bar is available for you to buy additional alcoholic beverages (regular CMH bar prices apply).  

I don’t drink alcohol, or I’m allergic to some types of alcohol. Can I still come?  

Of course! Our team is happy to provide mocktails or a suitable substitute based on your needs. Please inform your CMH sales agent of your requirements at the time of booking.  

Will I receive a discounted rate if I don’t drink on the trip?  

No. There are no discounted rates based on food/drink preferences. However, we are confident we can make your experience exceptional, with or without alcohol! 

Is there a dress code at dinner? 

Wear what you feel comfortable in. Our guests generally come to dinner dressed “mountain-casual.” Think along the lines of clean pants and a nice shirt or sweater. Feel free to leave your formal satin dresses and tuxedos at home; that’s not how we roll! 

Will we encounter wildlife?

In all of our trips, we strive to avoid any contact with wildlife. However, our guides are trained in safely dealing with wildlife encounters, should one occur.

How many helicopter trips will I have to take?

In addition to your heli trips to and from the lodge, each day offers the chance to heli to new adventures – with unprecedented access. On average, you can expect two or three helicopter trips per day, depending on your preference and weather conditions.

What happens when nature calls and we’re on the trail?

We hike and explore remote areas where there are no conventional washrooms. Mother Nature provides trees and rocks for privacy. We recommend bringing toilet paper and a ziplock bag. Paper used in the field can be disposed of back at the lodge. Tips and gratuity?

Are gratuities included?

The CMH team is committed to ensuring that you enjoy the trip of a lifetime. While gratuities are not included in your trip fees – nor are they mandatory – they may be offered on a voluntary basis. Gratuities are divided among all of the lodge staff and your pilot.

How do I arrange a private group booking?

Private bookings are a great way to share the magic of a summer heli-hiking adventure with a group. Call our planning experts to arrange the details of all-to-yourself bookings for privately guided trips.

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Your Trip Highlights

Your days will focus on both dining and exploring. Enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared each morning by your in-house chef, before flying out into the surrounding landscape to hike stunning alpine meadows, walk impressive ridgelines, or climb the incredible via ferrata. You’ll do this with a small number of other likeminded foodies on your trip, as well as the chefs and beverage experts who are presenting over the three days. After a day in the field, you’ll return to the lodge to enjoy your gourmet meals and perfectly paired drinks.

Via Ferrata

Mt. Nimbus Via Ferrata

Traverse rock walls, cross a 600-meter-high suspension bridge and summit towering granite peaks. As one of Destination Canada's Canadian Signature Experiences, a collection of once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences found only in Canada, this half or full-day adventure will redefine your perception of a ‘natural high’.

Activity Level 

Intermediate to Advanced  

Available Routes 

Avg. Duration 

5 to 8 hrs 

Elevation Gain 

600 m / 1,972 ft

Features 

  • Suspension Bridges 

  • Burma Bridges 

  • Balance Beams 

  • Rungs 

  • Assisted Rappel

Group Size

2 groups of up to 11 guests

*May vary depending on dates and amount of guests.

Ages & Weight

12 and up

Min weight: 100 lbs

Max weight: 250 lbs

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Via Ferrata

Conrad Glacier Via Ferrata

The Conrad Glacier Via Ferrata allows you to chart a path along the route of a millennia-old glacier, winding through canyons and across raging rivers to the top of one of the most scenic views in British Columbia. It’s your choice whether you want to enjoy this via ferrata as a half or full-day activity.

Activity Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Available Routes

Multiple

Avg. Duration

5 to 10 hrs

Elevation Gain

Up to 914 m / 3,000 ft

Features

  • Zip-Lines

  • Burma Bridges

  • Balance Beams

  • Rungs

Group Size

2 groups of up to 11 guests

*May vary depending on dates and amount of guests.

Ages & Weight 

12 and up

Min weight: 100 lbs

Max weight: 250 lbs

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Pricing & Dates

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Bobbie Burns

Season

The Alpine Appétit trip is in August 2021 at CMH Bobbie Burns

Duration

Guests

Adult
$4,575

Estimated total
$4,575
$1,525 per night
Price based on double-occupancy. Includes lodging, daily heli access, meals & transportation.

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