Natural Habitat Adventures

Remote Peaks & Meadows of the Canadian Rockies

Explore Banff, Lake Louise & Yoho, & Access Alpine Wilderness by Helicopter
9 Days
12
$9995

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Canada’s Rocky Mountains are among the world’s greatest natural marvels. Millions of years ago, an ancient inland sea bed was uplifted by intense geological forces to create these high ramparts straddling the border of Alberta and British Columbia. Sculpted by glaciers that gouged deep valleys during successive ice ages, the Canadian Rockies are among the most imposing mountains on Earth. Sharper and sheerer than their American counterparts, Canada's grandest peaks cradle turquoise lakes while glacier-fed rivers nurture abundant elk, bighorn sheep, bears and wolves. Our itinerary showcases iconic sights as well as far less traveled realms accessed from a luxury fly-in lodge in the Bugaboos Range. Among these granite spires, grizzlies outnumber people...and only a handful of travelers will ever experience this sublime wilderness.

    Travelers prepare for a hike after a ride in a helicopter, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada;A group of hikers near Lake Moraine in Banff National Park, Alberta, CanadaCanoeing in Emerald Lake at Yoho National Park, Alberta, CanadaTurquoise Lake Peyto in Banff National Park, Alberta, CanadaA man hikes in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park, Alberta, CanadaLake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, CanadaA hiker takes a break in Banff National Park, Alberta, CanadaUpper Sunwapta Falls in Jasper National Park, Alberta, CanadaA traveler waits for a helicopter overhead, Yoho National Park, Alberta, CanadaA field of wildflowers in Yolo National Park, Alberta, CanadaA lodge sits in a mountain valley, Yoho National Park, Alberta, CanadaTwo travelers have a morning cup of coffee in Yolo National Park, Alberta, CanadaA misty valley in front of a glacier, Alberta, CanadaHikers view a helicopter flying by in Yolo National Park, Alberta, Canada

Trip Highlights

  • The Best of Banff, Lake Louise & YohoTapping the insider knowledge of our naturalist guides, discover the scenic grandeur and lesser-known corners of Banff and Yoho national parks
  • Helicopter Access to the BugaboosFly deep into the jagged Bugaboos Range to spend three days on wilderness trails amid some of the continent’s most dramatic alpine terrain
  • A Small Group for Quiet Nature EncountersWith just 12 guests, look for elk, bear and bighorn sheep, and learn the geology of the peaks, canyons, fossil beds and glaciers along the Icefields Parkway

For a Wilder Experience of the Canadian Rockies, There's Only One Choice

A lot of tour companies offer trips to the Canadian Rockies. Why go with Nat Hab? We think you'll grasp the BIG difference between us and standard operators when you read on. 

  1. A Truly Exclusive Itinerary
    While of course we include the famous sights you come to the Canadian Rockies to see, like Banff and the Bow River Valley, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Athabasca Glacier, we don't stop there. We've added three nights in the remote Bugaboos Range on the western edge of the Rockies where we access some of the most splendid alpine terrain on the planet via helicopter. Our aim is to get you totally away from crowds—you'll experience this region in a way that very few travelers will, and certainly none who are part of big commercial bus tours. 
  2. Three Nights at a Luxury Fly-In Wilderness Lodge
    The biggest distinction (among many) between our itinerary and the rest is this element: we fly you by helicopter to deluxe Bugaboo Lodge in view of glaciers and rugged granite spires—inaccessible to anyone except lodge guests—from which we'll take daily hikes of varying ability levels to untouched alpine meadows and flower-filled valleys. Return each day to relax on the deck, soak in the hot tub, rejuvenate in the sauna, and enjoy hearty dinners with unparalleled views of the glaciers beyond. 
  3. Glacier Walk with an Indigenous Guide
    We're led by a local Indigenous guide and outdoor educator, a member of the Interior Salish tribes of British Columbia, who shares his expertise about the natural and cultural history of the Columbia Icefield region. We make an approximately 3-mile roundtrip walk atop Athabasca Glacier, supported with trekking poles and microspike attachments to our footwear. This is an exclusive opportunity to peer closely at the ice as we learn about the glacier's activity and the impact of climate change on the icefield. 
  4. A Small Group—Just 12 Guests—Ensures a Quieter Presence
    It's true, the Canadian Rockies attract a lot of tourists. But in addition to accessing the most popular spots at less-busy times, such as sunrise, we also gain an advantage with our small group when it comes to reaching to out-of-the-way places, trails, and secret spots our Expedition Leader knows about that big tour bus groups can't access. There's no comparison when it comes to nature travel in a smaller group!
  5. Two or More Guides Allows a Choice of Activities 
    Hiking is a focus of this adventure, but not everyone has the same desire and ability level when it comes to available options. By traveling with our Expedition Leader and an experienced local guide throughout—plus multiple guides at Bugaboos Lodge—we can divide the group to offer both easy nature walks and more challenging hikes to rewarding vistas. You'll also get double the attention and information as you travel with two seasoned naturalists.
  6. A Window Seat for Everyone
    While we travel in a small group, our chartered mini bus offers roughly double the seats we require, ensuring a window seat for each traveler and plenty of room to spread out and feel comfortable. 
  7. Outstanding Naturalist Expedition Leaders
    We're known for the quality of our guides, and you'll find that the leadership on this trip is no exception! With a deep knowledge of the Canadian Rockies ecosystems, geology and history, your two Expedition Leaders will enhance your adventure in a way that makes you feel safe, cared for and enlightened. Read our Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  8. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures a Rewarding Canadian Rockies Experience
    With Natural Habitat Adventures, you get our exclusive guarantee, promising that we will meet the lofty expectations set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most impressive guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
  9. Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
    We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
  10. Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel as well as the exceptional quality of our worldwide adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!

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