Spend a fabulous, fun-filled vacation in Banff - one of Western Canada's prime ski destinations. Enjoy 2 days of Heli-skiing or Heli-hiking into the pristine wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy other winter activities such as dogsleding, snow shoeing and ice walking, or summer activities such as canoeing, kayaking ... or simply relax and recharge in the sumptuous Fairmont Banff Springs resort. With private airport pick-up and drop-off, first class tours and any number of activities which entice you, as well as time at leisure, this is a tour not to be passed over. Travel with confidence knowing you have 24/7 support from your Kensington Tours team.
You will be provided with a pre-departure package which will include all necessary information that you will need for your trip including materials such as vouchers, maps, train tickets (if relevant) etc.
Enjoy a private transfer from Calgary (airport or downtown) to Banff. The travel time is approximately two hours.
Enjoy a shared afternoon discovering the unexplored mountain wilderness encompassing Lake Louise which attracted the first tourists to Banff National Park. View the powerful landscape first hand on your way to Lake Louise and Bow Lake. Learn about the mountaineering history in the area and how a tragic accident at Lake Louise shaped Canadian mountain culture. Finally, visit the source of the Bow River when you stop at Num Ti Jah Lodge, a historic hunting lodge built in the early 1900's.
Few hotels in the world rival the majesty, hospitality and grandeur of The Fairmont Banff Springs resort. Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, a National Historical Site, is located in the heart of Banff National Park; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The construction of the hotel in 1888 marked the birthplace of tourism in the Canadian Rockies. Where can you play in authentic winter? A place so magical you'll think you awoke in a storybook. Banff is a destination that offers 3 pristine ski resorts and 'many other exhilarating winter activities at your doorstep'. Come to The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel; unwind in luxury before an evening of unforgettable dining experiences. Breathe the crisp mountain air and marvel at some of nature's most awe-inspiring handiwork, at Canada's 'Storybook' Castle, in the Canadian Rockies! The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is just steps away from the Town of Banff. An authentic mountain town offering a great diversity of year round shopping, dining, and night life in addition to art and cultural events. Visit our Mountain Region event calendar for all the events happening in Banff. Discover all the exciting activities in Banff.
After a hearty breakfast, enjoy an amazing, adrenaline filled day of heli-skiing in the Purcell Mountains! Whether you are an intermediate or advanced skier/boarder, you will love the vast slopes and untracked powder on gladed tree runs in the breathtaking Purcell Mountains. This is sure to be an exciting, often heart pounding and thrilling adventure that offers you the ultimate powder experience. You will be accompanied by a certified guide and will be given a lesson on how to navigate in deep powder so that you are comfortable. You'll be given an avalanche transreceiver and helicopter safety training. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the mountain and soak in the unparrelled views all around. You are guaranteed vertical on this tour! There is the option of doing 3 or 5 runs - please let your Sales Advisor know which one you would prefer.
Outside of Winter months, the heli-skiing activity is replaced with a heli-hiking activity. Enjoy the thrill of being airlifted to high ground by helicopter before starting off on a guided hike for the day. Throwing your day pack on your back, with your freshly-prepared gourmet lunch and water, you’ll walk on meadows, over rock, and step across creeks, all with panoramic views. At the end of your hike, the helicopter will come and pick you up for your second flight of the day. You’ll walk as few or many hours as you’d like, stopping for photos, lunch and snacks. Your day might even include a fun bum slide on lingering summer snow! At the end of the day, the helicopter will come and pick you up to take you down to Banff again.
Enjoy an another amazing day of heli-skiing or heli-hiking (depending on season) For heli-skiing, you can look forward to exploring the powder filled bowls and mountain faces as you spend the day with your certified guide. Both breakfast and lunch are included on your tour. On the heli-hiking option you can look forward to two short helicopter flights at the start and end of the day with a stunningly beautiful hike through lush alpine meadows, with mountain streams and the majestic mountains all around.
Enjoy any number of optional tours in and around Banff. Consider a discovery tour to see and learn about Banff's wildlife behaviour, habitat, and their winter survival adaptations. Visiting Banff's landmarks and historic places. Hear how the 11,000 year old human history of the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered the Cave & Basin, now a National Historic Site. Your time will be spent enjoying the sights, taking photos, and participating in short walks to view points, on the many stops of the 3 hour tour. Consider a 4 hour hike through Johnston Canyon Icewalk on steel walkways built into the canyon walls that give an airy view of the canyon below. Travel through prime wildlife habitat on your way to the trailhead and learn the clues to how Johnston Canyon was formed. This popular walk will lead you past the lower falls and to the breathtaking upper icefalls. Consider a fun filled day dogsledding (including a panoramic flight if you wish), snow shoeing, snow mobiling, heli-skiing or heli-sightseeing or a sleigh ride. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if any of these activities are of interest.
Finish off the perfect day by joining a shared, guided 2 km walk and campfire session at Lake Minnewanka on the outskirts of Banff. Walk the shoreline by headlamp and listen to the crackling of the frozen lake. Take time to stargaze as you make your way to the campfire site where you can try roasting marshmallows and warm up with hot chocolate around the fire as your guide entertains you with stories of the wild. Ski wear including hats, mitts, and warm boots are recommended.
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