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Bobbie Burns to Bugaboos

Double the Adventure with a Lodge to Lodge Trip

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Experience the Best of Both

CMH’s lodge-to-lodge hiking trip from Bobbie Burns to Bugaboos lets you enjoy fantastic dual adventures and discover two unique lodges and landscapes. Designed in the European tradition, our Bobbie Burns to Bugaboos trip is an incredible opportunity to experience the best of both worlds in six days so you can get the most out of your CMH adventure.

Equal parts excitement and relaxation at each location, you’ll spend the first three days living it up at fantastically fun Bobbie Burns Lodge. Draped in comfort and cradled by the ultimate mountain playground, it’s the ideal initial headquarters as you venture where few get to tread. Legendary hikes, two via ferratas, glacier vistas and so much more are all up for exploration.

Next, you’ll heli-hop to CMH Bugaboos and settle into your new fly-in lodge under a trio of immense spires that reach for the sky. Your luggage will be ready and waiting – no need to lift a finger. You’ll spend the next three days exploring glacial lakes, tremendous icefields and hulking granite towers as you hike, bask and climb as much or as little as you like. Book your Bobbie Burns to Bugaboos lodge-to-lodge hiking trip today.

Season

Dates run from July to August with occasional dates in June and September.

Duration

Guests

Adult
$7,155

Youth 12-17
$6,085

Child 6-11
$4,305

Price per person based on double occupancy. Children and youth are eligible for child rates and must be accompanied by a guardian.
Estimated total
$7,155
$1,193 per night
Incl. lodging, daily heli access, meals & transportation.

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

Creek winding in front of the Howser Spires

The whole experience was over-the-top amazing.

Katrina W., Bobbie Burns to Bugaboos Guest

Arrival

7 am
Depart Banff to helipad
9:30 am
Arrive at helipad for heli-transfer to Bobbie Burns
10:30-11 am
Upon arrival, you’ll become acquainted with the lodge
11.30 am
Lunch
1:00 pm
After a helicopter safety briefing enjoy your first hike exploring the mountains
4-5 pm
Return back to the lodge where you can enjoy aprés-adventure refreshments, a soak in the hot tub or a massage
7:00 pm
Enjoy your first CMH gourmet family style dinner – staff will join you for the meal each evening

Days 2 & 3

7:30 am
Wake up with a dynamic warm up class
8 am
Fuel Up with a hearty breakfast to start your day right. Pack your lunch for the day and get ready for your day of adventure through your choice of hiking or via ferrata
9 am
First hiking group will fly up into the mountains
12 pm
Lunch in the field
4-5 pm
Return back to the lodge where you can enjoy apres adventure refreshments, a soak in the hot tub or a massage
7 pm
Swap stories of your incredible adventures in the mountains as you enjoy family style dinner with your guides and lodge staff

Day 4: Hiking toward Bugaboos Lodge

7:30 am
Wake up with a dynamic warm up class
8:00 am
Enjoy a hearty lodge breakfast and have your luggage ready to be transferred to the Bugaboos lodge
9 am
First hiking group will fly into the mountains and hike towards the Bugaboo Lodge
4-5 pm
Short heli-transfer to the Bugaboos Lodge, where you will be shown to your room, have the opportunity to enjoy aprés-hike refreshments, soak in the hot tub and relax on the deck before dinner
7pm
Swap stories of your incredible adventures in the mountains as you savour family-style dinner with your guides and lodge staff

Days 5 & 6

7:30 am
Wake up with a dynamic warm up class
8 am
Fuel Up with a hearty breakfast to start your day right. Pack your lunch for the day and get ready for your day of adventure
9 am
First hiking group will fly up into the mountains
12 pm
Lunch in the field
4-5 pm
Return back to the lodge where you can enjoy apres adventure refreshments, a soak in the hot tub or a massage
7 pm
Swap stories of your incredible adventures in the mountains as you savour a family-style dinner with your guides and lodge staff

Departure

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
3:30 pm
Anticipated arrival at Calgary International Airport (YYC). We recommend guests do not book flights until after 6pm MT.

What CMH provides for each trip

Accommodations

A double occupancy room in the hotel-style CMH Bobbie Burns Lodge for the first three nights of your stay, then four nights at CMH Bugaboo Lodge.

Food & Beverage

Three meals per day – a chef-prepared five-star breakfast and dinner plus packed lunches, après-hiking appetizers and non-premium non-alcoholic refreshments.

Heli-Assisted Guided Adventure

ACMG-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 Golden to the CMH 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).

A Classic CMH Icon

Welcome to your historical headquarters in the famed Bugaboos. Perched at 1,490m (4,888 ft), our 32-room log-hewn lodge at the base of Bugaboo Glacier is enshrined as the birthplace of the heli-skiing industry. With mind-blowing scenery that’s captivated mountaineers for over a century, history abounds here – and so do modern comforts. 

Inspired cuisine, deluxe accommodations, full-service amenities and one of the best hot tub views on the planet make Bugaboo Lodge the perfect alpine escape. Soar into an incredible summer adventure at CMH Bugaboo Lodge.

Take a virtual tour of Bugaboo Lodge

CMH Bugaboo Lodge living room

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!

What's the weather like?

Due to the high mountain environment, expect to experience various conditions. The weather can be sunny and warm, but be prepared for cooler temperatures, rain, wind and possibly snow.

Mountain weather can change with very little warning. Temperatures range from highs of 10˚C to 35˚C (50˚F-95˚F) and lows of 9˚C to -3˚C (48˚F to 26˚F).

I'm not a hiker - will I be able to keep up with the group?

Whether it’s a hike, walk or amble, each heli-hiking day is tailored to all levels of fitness, experience and age. We split the group as necessary so everyone can stay within their comfort level. The only requirement is a thirst for adventure.

I'm an avid hiker - will I be challenged?

Absolutely! Our guides share a passion for exploring all the Columbia Mountains have to offer. If you’re seeking a challenge, they’ll deliver a great workout.

Are all of your guides certified?

Yes. Most CMH guides have made a lifelong career out of their passion. They are dedicated professionals trained in the European guiding tradition, which emphasizes both respect for the mountains and a deep concern for the well-being of every guest. Our guides are fully trained and re-trained regularly in first aid, wilderness rescue, emergency procedure and prevention. Many of our guides are fully certified by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) – a ten-year process on average. The rest of our guides are certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG), also to rigorous standards. Every guide is an experienced, knowledgeable interpreter of our mountains’ flora, fauna, geology and natural history, ensuring that your heli-hiking experience is both safe and enriching.

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

Two distinct landscapes in one phenomenal trip – and you get to immerse yourself in the highlights of both. Classic, relaxed, family-style, adventurous or all of the above. Your guides will plan each day’s excursions according to your preferred activity types and ability.  

See some of the experiences that make a Bobbie Burns to Bugaboos trip twice as nice.

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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Via Ferrata

Skyladder Via Ferrata

Whet your via ferrata feet, or liven up your trip, with this half-day, Skyladder Via Ferrata route.

Rise above the scenery with your guide as you scale the iron rungs to the best vantage point in the mountains. No mountaineering skills are needed on this breathtaking via ferrata, as you reach magnificent peaks with ease. You’ll cap off your day with either a stunning hike or a flight back to the lodge for a cold drink on a sunny deck.

Activity Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Available Routes

1

Avg. Duration

3 hrs

Elevation Gain

213 m / 700 ft

Features

  • Rungs

  • Vertical Exposure

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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Bobbie Burns to Bugaboos

Pricing & Dates

Reserve your Lodge to Lodge Adventure today

A group of hikers on a ridge line

Bobbie Burns to Bugaboos

Season

Dates run from July to August with occasional dates in June and September.

Duration

Guests

Adult
$7,155

Youth 12-17
$6,085

Child 6-11
$4,305

Price per person based on double occupancy. Children and youth are eligible for child rates and must be accompanied by a guardian.
Estimated total
$7,155
$1,193 per night
Incl. lodging, daily heli access, meals & transportation.

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