150 minute Lake Louise Helicopter Tour
L R HELICOPTERS’ tours offer a view of Alberta Rockies that few people are able to enjoy.
Are you a ski nut looking for the perfect back country powder? Or do you just want to take in natural phenomenon of the Rocky Mountains? You will be amazed by how quickly you find yourself surrounded by mountains you never knew were so large! Fly up through the pristine Spray Lakes towards Haig Glacier passing briefly into British Columbia. Your personal pilot will guide through the various alluring valleys and over the tall peaks of the Rockies. The feeling of flying over a ridge as the ground suddenly disappears beneath you is sensationally hair-raising!
The Lake Louise Tour involves a 150-minute loop that begins as you head west into the Rocky Mountains, a truly amazing view in itself. As you reach Bragg Creek via Red Wood Meadows, just west of Calgary, your pilot will take you along the banks of the Elbow River, where you can view the abundant vegetation and wildlife that frequent the area. Following the river, the Elbow Falls will soon come into view, just one of many amazing sights on your tour.
Your pilot will fly over the falls allowing you to take in all of its beauty before turning south west toward “Forget Me Not” pond and the Elbow River. Following canyons and steep valleys, you will reach the Sheep Lakes and finally the Elbow Lake, located on the Elbow Pass at 6900 feet.
Leaving the Rae Glacier (last glacier existing in the K country) to the west, we will climb to 11,000 feet flying over the Kananaskis Lakes and follow the upper Kananaskis River all the way up to the Haig Glacier reaching the Continental Divide.
Breath taking drop crossing over the French Creek, you are on the top of the Spray Mountains and the line of sight stretches from The Bogaboos to Mt Robson. The flight continues to Mt Assiniboine the Canadian Matterhorn, the heart or the Southern Rockies.
Leaving Mt Assiniboine we fly north to the Simpson Pass (The Sunshine Ski Area), Mt Ball and along the Continental Divide,Vermillion Pass into the Bow Range.
Continuing to Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks, the Sentinel Pass to Paradise will be the highlight of the tour, flying at 10,000 feet between the tallest mountain of the Banff National Park and the spectacular hanging glaciers. Mt Victoria will be our turning point, crossing the valley toward the east where Lake Louise will come into sight. Its grand chateau adorning the north east end of the lake, and the historical cabin of some of the first settlers to the area. From here, we will follow the Saw Back range, one of the most untouched areas of the National Park, to the Cascade Mountain and the long shores of the deep blue color of lake Minnewanka to return into the foothills following the Ghost River to Cochrane and landing at the Springbank Airport.