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Roam Among Spires in the Bugaboos

Located in the remote Purcell Range

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Where it All Began

CMH Bugaboos is where the magic started and still shines to this day. Nestled among world-famous Bugaboo spires, the historic CMH Bugaboo Lodge is masterfully updated with modern comforts and boasts some of North America’s most staggering views.

The Bugaboos have captivated mountain lovers since the days of Austrian mountain pioneer Conrad Kain, whose namesake glacier is just one of many incredible highlights. Hike above deep valleys in the shadows of towering granite titans, where massive icefields, glacial lakes and panoramic cirques will fill your days with wonder and amazement. Book your summer escape to CMH Bugaboos today.

Season

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

Duration

Guests

Adult
$3,765

Youth 12-17
$3,205

Child 6-11
$2,265

Price per person. Children and youth are eligible for child rates and must be accompanied by a guardian.
Estimated total
$3,765
$1,255 per night
Price per person based on double-occupancy. Incl. lodging, daily heli access, meals & transportation.

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

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It was really an exceptional trip and experience – perfect for our family.

Yvonne C., CMH Bugaboos Guest

Arrival Day

6:45 am
Depart Banff to helipad
9:30 am
Arrive at helipad for heli-transfer to CMH Bugaboos 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 hike exploring the mountains
4-5 pm
Return back to the lodge where you can enjoy après-adventure refreshments, a soak in the hot tub or a massage
7 pm
Enjoy your first CMH gourmet family-style dinner – staff will join you for the meal each evening

Exploration Days

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 to the lodge, where you can enjoy après-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 Day

8:00 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. *Please note: Hiking schedule and lunch times may vary

What CMH provides for each trip

Accommodations

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

Food & Beverage

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

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 Golden to the CMH Bugaboos helipad, and return to Golden, Lake Louise, Banff or the Calgary International Airport (YYC).

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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

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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.

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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).

There are a number of ways to travel to our lodges: you can ride in one of the private CMH coaches (from designated pick-up/drop-off locations) or drive yourself to the helipad. We also offer additional transport options if you’re looking for something more specialized – call us for details. 

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.

2020 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 - Bugaboos Helipad

173km / 107.4 mi (2 hrs)

Our private coach from Banff takes you along the spectacularly scenic Trans-Canada Highway then winds along a corridor lined with Rocky Mountains and epic forests toward Golden, BC.  From there, we'll travel southwest until arriving at the Bugaboos helipad.

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Bugaboos Helipad - CMH Bugaboo Lodge

10 mins

It’s time to lift off on your first CMH heli flight. After watching a safety video, you’ll disembark your coach for your short, scenic flight up to the fabled Bugaboo Lodge.

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

Hike among swirling glaciers and theatrical spires or raise your adrenaline on a thrilling via ferrata. Your guides will plan each day’s excursions according to your preferred activity types and ability. Any way you experience the Bugaboos, they’ll stay with you forever.

 

See some of the experiences here to make your trip unforgettable. Every day promises amazing new adventures you won’t find anywhere else but CMH.

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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Pricing And Dates

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Season

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

Duration

Guests

Adult
$3,765

Youth 12-17
$3,205

Child 6-11
$2,265

Price per person. Children and youth are eligible for child rates and must be accompanied by a guardian.
Estimated total
$3,765
$1,255 per night
Price per person based on double-occupancy. Incl. lodging, daily heli access, meals & transportation.

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