A helicopter flight over the Canadian Rockies is a spectacular way to experience this mountainous region.
We’re flying near Saskatchewan River Crossing, between Jasper and Banff National Parks, above a stunning glacier-chiselled landscape of soaring peaks and plunging tree-covered valleys.
I’m on a heli-hiking adventure with Icefield Helicopter Tours. Most people think heli-hiking is reserved for extreme adventurers. But there’s nothing further from the truth. Landing high and walking downhill takes the slog out of hiking and you only need to be of average fitness to enjoy views that are usually seen by those prepared to hike for days.
The geology of the Rockies is fascinating. When she’s not hiking, Andrea works as a contract geologist for a database company in Calgary. On our walk, she points out the different types of rock that make up the Rocky Mountains.
The landscape is a picture of mountains, conifer trees and low shrubs. But if you want to see the wildflowers bloom then August is the time to come.
The view of “Lake of the Falls” takes my breath away. The sparkling blue-green lake surrounded by rocky peaks has a calming effect.
The lake’s vibrant colour is caused by rock flour, fine rock particles ground by water erosion and washed into the lake by streams.
Hiking season is usually from July to September but it varies each year depending on the weather. A heli-hiking adventure with Icefield Helicopter Tours costs C$469 per person and includes a helicopter trip, four to six hours of hiking and a pack lunch.
The writer was a guest of Canadian Tourism Corporation
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