Heli-Hiking: Helicopter Assisted Hiking in Bella Coola BC, Canada
Our helicopter adventures are designed to accommodate many different levels of fitness and interest. From short leisurely walks to long strenuous hikes, where even ropes may be needed, each of our hikes has one goal in common. This goal is to expose our guests to wild and beautiful places that would otherwise be inaccessible. Whatever your age, all are welcome.
Most people who visit the pristine Bella Coola Valley will not be able to experience the alpine wonderland this area has to offer. Getting above the treeline often involves long strenuous hiking and unpleasant bush whacking. Our heli-hiking tours are the fastest way to get you up to the incredible views and hikes.
These helicopter hiking excursions will bring you to places where few have wandered. This part of the British Columbia Coast Range mountains includes some of the most wild and rugged mountain ranges Canada has to offer. Together with your guide, you will experience smooth polished granite ridge walks, vistas of snow-capped mountains, and views of deep valleys and fjords. We will follow emerald green lakes touched by ancient glaciers and past small tarns surrounded by numerous varieties of alpine wildflowers. The possibilities of viewing mountain goats, bears, eagles and a myriad of local wildlife are here. You will reach peaks that make you feel as if you are on top of the world. This is a photographer's paradise.
Your guide is a true professional with a lifetime of experience in the mountain wilderness. Your guide will make sure that your comfort level is met; but, can also push you slightly beyond what you thought you could do. You will learn about the flora, fauna, geography and history of this amazing region. Our guides are highly trained and experienced. Guides carry first aid and communication equipment, including a radio/satellite phone that will reach our helicopter base from all locations, at all times.
Safety is our number one priority!
Mountains create their own unpredictable weather and cancellation due to conditions can happen at any time, even during the hike. The terrain is rugged and uneven. Guests should be in reasonable physical shape and we request our guests to inform us, and their guide, if there is any medical or physical limitation we need to know about.
A typical day will start at 9 AM and end at 5 PM, however half days are also available.
Your heli-hiking day starts at our helicopter base where you will be introduced to our base personnel and your helicopter pilot. A shuttle to the base is included if you stay at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge. A mandatory helicopter safety orientation will be conducted before we lift off. Our helicopters are the A-Star B2 and are known as the Ferrari of helicopters.
The maximum load is five guests to one guide. A large part of the adventure is the helicopter ride itself, so be sure to have your camera handy. The helicopter will drop you at the starting point of your hike and pick you up at an alternate location at the end of the day. We will supply your lunch and it will be served in a suitable place, usually with panoramic views. In addition to a hearty mountain lunch, healthy snacks are provided throughout the day...to keep you fueled for your adventure!
Reserve any of our Featured Day Trips (eg Grizzly Bear Tours, Fly-Fishing etc) when booking and receive 10% off the regular tour price! Let us know when booking your accommodation, or at least before you arrive at the lodge, to receive the 10% saving (may not be used in conjuction with any other offers)!
We strongly recommend pre-booking this tour prior to your arrival to ensure there is availability. Please contact us by email or toll free 1.877.982.2407 for reservations or to design a custom tour.
What to Bring
- Good worn in hiking shoes. Low or medium cut shoes are suitable for most hikes
- Small backpack for lunch, snacks, fluids and personal gear
- Comfortable pants
- Shirt, fleece or sweater
- Fleece or knitted hat, baseball cap or sun hat
- Thin gloves
- Change of socks
- Wind jacket and pants or thin rain gear
- 1 litre water bottle
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Camera with a large memory card for all those great shots
- Personal medication if applicable