Having explored the joys of heli-skiing and heli-yoga how could we exclude heli-hiking, especially when it allows us to tackle the longest and highest via ferrata in North America? This is mountain climbing for the rest of us, safely clipped into iron rungs 1000m above the ground, onto steel rope across a 60m long suspension bridge. No climbing experience necessary! Dangling off the summit of Mount Nimbus is quite the achievement, well rewarded with a gourmet meal and glass of wine back at the Bobbie Burns Summer Lodge.
Length of Trip : The Bobbie Burns Summer Lodge, accessible only by helicopter, is available for 2 to 6 night summer adventures. The Mount Nimbus Via Ferrata adventure is one of the daily activities.
Cost : High Flying Heli-Adventures start at $2,825 per person for 3 nights. There are discounted youth and child rates. Contact Great Canadian Trails for the latest prices.
Best time to go : The lodge is open for summer adventures in July and August.
Wheelchair friendly : No
Family friendly : There are some age and weight limits. It’s worth calling ahead to make sure your kids are in the clear.
Where to eat : All meals are prepared at the lodge fresh each day by an on-site chef and pastry chef.
Official Site : Heli Hiking with Great Canadian Trails
Where to Stay : Guests stay at the Bobbie Burns Lodge. Although only accessed by helicopter, enjoy the luxury of wifi, a bar-lounge, whirlpool, swimming pond and en-suite double bedrooms.
Getting There : Click here for the transportation schedule and information to reach Bobbie Burns Lodge. Guests typically depart from either Banff or Lake Louise.
Note from Robin : Much like the Via Ferrata in Mont Tremblant no climbing experience is required. Safely harnessed to the line and iron rungs (designed to take 10 times the amount of weight you’re putting on them), your biggest challenge will be keeping your nerves in check as you climb to the summit of Mount Nimbus.