The main draw of this adventure is the 'bucket list' Mount Nimbus Via Ferrata - A course of iron ladders, rungs, and suspension bridges that turns the everyday adventurer into a mountaineer - no experience required. This route, constructed in The Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, is the the most extensive route in North America. But there's so much more to this 3-night adventure! After breakfast each day, set out by helicopter with your guide to spend the day exploring the immense variety of landscapes. The choice of classic alpine hikes are all but endless: deep river basins, meadows of wildflowers, icy crystalline lakes, bubbling creeks, and stunning ridge walks define the region, as well as the incredible Conrad Glacier which offers another thrill-seekers adventure. Based out of a luxury wilderness lodge, meal times are a delight with family style dinners and impromptu presentations by local personalities, adventurers and guides. *A 6-night option is also available, based out of two lodges with an additional Via Ferrata course. Please ask your agent for details
These adventures involve trekking, cycling, rafting or sea kayaking for up to 6 or 7 hours a day at a steady pace. You will have the choice to do each day's walk or 'high flying adventure' (via ferrata climbing, zip lines, etc). Generally the altitude is not great, and walking is along ridge tops and not too strenuous. You will need only to carry a day pack and to have a good level of fitness / be in good health. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions. If you choose the via ferrata options, prepare to traverse dramatic canyons via mind-blowing suspension bridges and to scale vertigo-inducing rock walls with the full aid of metal rungs and safety systems. *Please ensure your travel insurance policy covers you for this activity. We can assist with suggestions in relation to this.
Suggested preparation; 1 hour of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week and extended periods of exercise during the weekend will accustom you to regular exercise. Hill walking with a pack in variable weather conditions will be beneficial.
Your transportation schedule will be included with your final confirmation. This morning you take an early morning taxi transfer from your Banff hotel to the Brewster Transportation Centre. (Your fare is included but we ask you to book this directly. Information is provided in your final confirmation.) We depart Banff this morning from the Brewster Transportation Centre for the (approximately) two and half hour motorcoach transfer to the Bobbie Burns Helipad. Light breakfast snacks are provided. We make a stop in Lake Louise at the Post Hotel to collect additional guests. On arrival at the helipad we prepare for the quick flight to Bobbie Burns Lodge. Here we meet the Lodge Manager who assigns you your room and directs you to the equipment room where you are outfitted with all the necessary gear for the next few days. We enjoy lunch in the lodge. Following a helicopter safety talk, we fly up for an afternoon of heli-hiking in some of the world’s most stunning mountains. Heli-flight back to the lodge later in the day for apres-hiking appetizers and relaxation. Dinner is served family style with the chance to get to know the staff and other guests.
After an optional stretch class you can make your way up to the dining room for a delicious and hearty breakfast. Then we pack our lunches for the day from the selection of sandwiches, beverages, fruit, cookies and other items set out for you. You'll be divided into groups according to the activity level and adventure you've chosen. After breakfast each day, you set out by helicopter with your guide to spend the day exploring the immense variety of landscapes. Choose classic hiking, walking or one of the adventure trails such as the Mt Nimbus Via Ferrata and the Conrad Glacier Adventure. After a memorable day, fly back to the lodge for snacks and beverages; have a massage, take in the sauna or outdoor hot tub before dinnertime. (Approximate times are: 7:30 am morning stretch class, 8:00 am breakfast 9:00 am the first helicopter departs the lodge with the first group of hikers. Return to the lodge mid-afternoon and 7:00 pm dinner is served.)
Shortly after breakfast, we will prepare for departure with a heli flight back to the helipad. Once everyone is down at the helipad your ground transportation retraces the journey through Yoho and Banff National Parks to Banff and concludes at the Calgary International Airport. A packed lunch is provided for the return trip. We stop in Banff for guests staying on in the Rocky Mountains and a chance for ongoing guests to stretch their legs, before finishing up at the Calgary International Airport. Our arrival time will be approximately 3:30pm for those guests wishing to depart on evening flights.
Per Person, Twin Share