Eric Hanson is in Banff National Park to explore Canada’s first national park and to do his first heli hiking trip.
There are a number of operations that offer heli-hiking in Banff and depending on your group, you can cater your experience to your skill and comfort level.
Like heli-skiing, heli-hiking lets you enjoy the fresh air and scenic alpine beauty of the Canadian Rockies in and around Banff National Park by scaling the mountains via helicopter.
A typical heli-hike offered through Banff Travel, for example, offers a 15-minute scenic helicopter ride to a beautiful, wild area high above the Bow River Valley. From there, you’ll get three to four hours of hiking.
Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park and was established in 1885.
Book your own heli-hiking adventure through Rockies Heli, a locally owned company that bases their trips from Kananaskis or along the Icefields Parkway; Canadian Mountain Holidays(CMH), the largest heli-ski operator in the world with multi-day trips guided by ACMG guides; White Mountain Adventures and Alpine Helicopters, for day trips guided by a local expert with add-on flightseeing options; or Canadian Rockies Alpine Hiking specializing in custom trips
Depending on the trip you choose you can experience glaciers, peaks, alpine lakes, backcountry luxury lodges, wildlife, and waterfalls.
Other adventures like heli-camping, heli-fishing, heli-yoga, heli-skiing, heli-weddings are also available. Inquire with individual companies for more information.