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CMH didn’t just invent Heli-Hiking – we perfected it. Every CMH trip promises amazing mountain adventures and alpine hospitality to match. Whether you choose to escape to the Cariboos, Bugaboos or Bobbie Burns, you’ll enjoy gourmet meals, incredible daily heli-access excursions, inviting accommodations, all the equipment you need and more. Explore our three trip locations for additional information and select your ideal adventure.
CMH provides the following for each trip
A double occupancy room in a remote CMH lodge for the duration of your trip.
Food & Beverage
Three meals per day – a chef-prepared breakfast and dinner plus packed lunches, après-hiking appetizers and non-alcoholic refreshments.
Heli-Assisted Guided Adventure
ACMG-accredited guides will lead you on your adventure, featuring heli flights up and down the mountains plus return flights to your lodge.
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.
From Banff or Lake Louise to the CMH helipad, and return to Lake Louise, Banff or the Calgary International Airport (YYC).
What’s Not Included
Alcoholic beverages and retail goods available for purchase, massages, airfare to and from your city of origin and travel from airports to coach pick-up locations.
Travelling to our lodges
Option 1 | Ride the coach to the helipad. Fly from the helipad to your lodge
Ride in one of the private CMH coaches (from designated pick-up/drop-off locations). We also offer additional transport options if you’re looking for something more specialized – call us for details.
Option 2 | Drive yourself to the helipad. Fly from the helipad to your lodge
Drive yourself to the helipad using the google link listed under each area below. Make sure you’re on time, or better, early! If you’re late, extra charges will apply to fly you into the lodge.
Heads up! A Parks Canada Pass may be required
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.
Getting to the Bugaboos
Banff - Bugaboos Helipad
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.
Bugaboos Helipad - CMH Bugaboo Lodge
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.
Getting to the Bobbie Burns
Banff - Bobbie Burns Helipad
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.
Bobbie Burns Helipad - CMH Bobbie Burns Lodge
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!
Getting to the Cariboos
Banff - Cariboos Helipad
Our private coach from Banff takes you along the Icefields Parkway on your way to the CMH Cariboos helipad. Ascend through verdant forests, mammoth peaks, alpine lakes and plunging waterfalls on your way to where the mountains meet the sky.
Cariboos Helipad - CMH Cariboos Lodge
It’s “all systems go” as you prepare to take to the skies for your first helicopter flight. After watching a safety video, you’ll disembark your coach for the first helicopter trip of your journey to CMH Cariboos Lodge.
What you need to bring
Lightweight sweater/fleece and/or vest
Two long and short sleeved shirts or technical shirts
Comfortable pants for hiking (jeans are not recommended)
Two or three pairs of socks (wool or synthetic, thick and thin pairs)
Shorts (zip-off long pants/shorts combination)
Good quality sunglasses
Hat or ball cap
Warm gloves (be prepared for all types of weather)
Insect repellent and sunscreen
Clothes for warm-up class
Thin leather gloves (or similar) if you are participating in the Via Ferrata program (these are available for purchase in our lodge shop)
How to dress for activities
We recommend that you dress in layers while out hiking. This allows you to take a layer off as you warm up, and then add it back on later when you stop for a break or lunch.
What CMH provides for each trip
Technical, waterproof, leather hiking boots (Salomon, Tecnica, Garmont) - ranging from children’s size 12, 13 and 1-3, adults 4-14. All are medium width
Lightweight wind and rain resistant jacket
Day backpack and walking stick / ski pole
You are welcome to bring your own hiking gear — boots, day pack & rain wear, waterbottle, etc.
Laundry facilities including soap are available at all lodges (no charge)
What to pack each day of your trip
Pack the following in your day pack each day:
Snacks & lunch
Sweater or fleece top
Hat & gloves
What’s available for purchase at the Retail Shop
Our retail shop carries a variety of outdoor gear, including but not limited to:
Short sleeved shirts
Long sleeved shirts
What a Typical Day looks like with CMH
There’s nothing quite like a summer adventure at CMH, where you’ll spend your day exploring mountain ridges and meadows that are so far off the beaten track, there aren’t any paths at all! Our trips are packed with scenery, activities, memories and laughter. Find out below what you can expect during a typical day on a CMH adventure.
Optional warm-up class
Rise and shine...and stretch. Begin each day by warming up your muscles ready for hiking or climbing.
Fuel up with a hearty breakfast. . Pack your lunch for the day and get ready for adventure through your choice of hiking or via ferrata climbing.
Gear up and fly out ACMG-accredited guides will accompany you on your adventure, with heli flights up and down the mountains.
Lunch in the field
Stop for a picturesque lunch in a remote location. If you’d rather relax for the rest of the afternoon, you have the option of flying back to the lodge.
Continue hiking or climbing (if you opted in for the via ferrata). Expect more heli flights from spot to spot!
Fly back to the lodge
By late afternoon, we’ll fly you back to the remote lodge. Soak in the incredible views on the heli flight at the end of the day.
Apres-hike & relaxation
Return to the lodge where you can enjoy aprés-adventure refreshments, a soak in the hot tub or a relaxing massage.
Family style dinner
Swap stories of your incredible adventures in the mountains as you enjoy family style dinner with your guides and lodge staff.
Evening lodge activities
Take one last soak in the tub, gather around the campfire, capture photos of the stars and have a drink at the bar. The choice is yours!