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Photography Workshop with Kahli April

July 26 - 29, 2022 at CMH Bugaboos

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Nature Photography Workshops on Top of the World

Set your focus on CMH Bugaboos and fly into a 3-day photography trip you’ll treasure forever. Enjoy hands-on instruction from professional photographer Kahli April as you heli to one-of-a-kind locations for postcard-perfect shots. Photograph grand landscapes and wildflowers galore, plus learn specialized techniques to elevate your skills to a whole new level. Experience nature from a captivating perspective with a photography trip to CMH Bugaboos Lodge.


The Photography Workshops will be held at CMH Bugaboos, July 26-29, 2022.




Estimated total
$1,297 per night
Price based on double-occupancy. Includes lodging, daily heli access, meals & transportation.

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


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
1 pm
After a helicopter safety briefing, enjoy your first afternoon of exploration and photography instruction from Kahli April
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

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.
9 am
First group will fly into the mountains. You will venture out to remote viewpoints with photographer, Kahli April, covering topics such as composition, mastering your settings, long exposure, focus stacking and much more.
12 pm
Lunch in the field
4-6 pm
Return to the lodge, where you can enjoy après-adventure refreshments, a soak in the hot tub or a massage and additional instruction from Kahli April, if you require.
7 pm
Swap stories of your incredible adventures in the mountains as you savour a family-style dinner with your guides and lodge staff


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

Extend Your Stay

Arrive early or leave later by extending your CMH stay with additional adventures in Banff and surrounding area. Our CMH Vacation Planning team can help you with the details.

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What CMH provides for each trip


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.

Photography Instruction

Enjoy hands-on instruction from professional photographer Kahli April as you heli to one-of-a-kind locations for postcard-perfect shots.

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).

Hiking boots, backpack and jacket


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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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 and are subject to change).

Group travel options 

Book an entire lodge or bring your group and mingle with other guests. Plan a corporate retreat, a family reunion or a special celebration, and let us help customize the details. Learn more ›

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.

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


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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.

What makes the photography workshop so special?

You will be part of a small group of 10 photographers who will stay at the remote Bugaboos lodge, and fly to stunning locations each day to photograph some of the most incredible scenery in the world. You’ll have the services of professional photographer Kahli April on-hand as she provides you with instruction and tips throughout the trip.

What does a typical day look like?

On arrival at the lodge, if time allows, we’ll provide any hiking gear (rain/wind jacket, rain/wind pants, hiking boots, backpack & poles) you require and head out for a few hours in the afternoon. Over the next two days, you’ll fly to a few locations each day where Kahli will guide you through your photography and help everyone individually. Once you return to the lodge, you’ll have further instruction and discussion. You can expect to be in the mountains between 9am - 4pm each day.

How much photography experience do I need?

This workshop is open to all levels of experience. Kahli will cater for beginners through to advanced.

What will I learn on this workshop?

During this workshop you will learn how to take more impressive images, beyond the typical tourist snapshot and take home images you’ll be proud of. Kahli will cover topics such as composition, mastering your settings, long exposure, focus stacking, processing images use of filters & much more! There will be additional exciting night sky component, weather dependent.

If bringing my laptop, is there a specific editing software that I should download?

Any editing software is fine, whichever you are most familiar with. The techniques Kahli teaches can be implemented across all software. 

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.

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.

How fit do I need to be?

Once you’re dropped off at your first location, you may need to walk up to 1km (sometimes further, depending on group preference) carrying your equipment. .

Is instruction included in my workshop?

Yes – you’ll receive instruction from photographer Kahli April.

What happens if it rains?

Rain? No problem! We can do lots indoors such as, image critiques and editing workshops.

What photography equipment will I need for this workshop?

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera which allows settings to be manually adjusted and ideally be familiar with how to do so.

  • Lightweight tripod

  • Headlamp

  • Battery Charger and spare batteries

  • Memory Cards


  • Laptop for editing

  • Filters

  • Camera manual

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Your Trip Highlights

Each day of your trip will place you in magnificent surroundings only accessible by helicopter. You’ll learn and refine techniques in composition, mastering your settings, long exposure, focus stacking and much more. At the end of your day, you’ll heli back to the lodge for a gourmet dinner plus additional instruction and discussion – even an exciting night photography component if conditions permit. Limited spots are available, reserve yours today!


Pricing & Dates

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The Photography Workshops will be held at CMH Bugaboos, July 26-29, 2022.




Estimated total
$1,297 per night
Price based on double-occupancy. Includes lodging, daily heli access, meals & transportation.

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