the first lodgerich with history

stunning locationOne of the best backdrops in the world

something for everyoneRelax, hike or climb

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Nothing else like it

After your day hiking above deep valleys, gazing over brilliant white and blue glaciers and soaking up 360 degrees of alpine paradise, a short heli-flight back to the remote lodge allows you to end the day in true comfort.

About the Lodge

Nestled at the base of the iconic spires in southeast British Columbia at a commanding 1,500m / 4921ft, CMH Bugaboos provides everything you need in the middle of nowhere.

  • 32 rooms
  • Climbing wall
  • Games room
  • Swimming pond
  • Massage therapy
  • Rooftop hot tub
  • Sauna

Trip Highlights

Hike or climb, the choice is yours. The Bugaboo mountain range is one the most dramatic in Canada. So whether you choose to meander through the surrounding landscape with your guide, or climb the via ferratas, you’ll bask in the impressive backdrop the entire time.

  • Septet Traverse Hike & Vowell Glacier
  • Cobalt Lake
  • Skyladder Via Ferrata
  • Crystal Trail Zipline

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Septet Traverse Hike, Cobalt Lake, & Vowell Glacier

The hiking options accessible by our helicopters are nothing short of astounding. Traversing through the ice-carved valleys, viewing the expanse of the Vowell Glacier, winding your way through alpine meadows, and seeing the vivid blue of Cobalt Lake are all memories that will stay with you for years to come.

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Skyladder Via Ferrata

If you can hike and climb a ladder, then you can via ferrata. Spend half a day rising above the scenery with your guide as you scale the iron rungs to the best vantage point in the mountains. You’ll cap off your day with either a stunning hike or a flight back to the lodge for a cold drink on a sunny deck.

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Crystal Trail Zipline

Another half day option is to scale the Crystal Trail. Your guide will lead you as you negotiate your way on the via ferrata past tiny caverns of naturally formed crystals, before ziplining your way down the mountain.

Serene wilderness is closer than you think

From Calgary
3 hr shuttle + 15-minute heli
 
From Banff
2 hr shuttle + 15-minute heli

Book Your Dream Trip

Signature Heli Adventures | 2, 3 or 5 Day Trips

Stay at a well-appointed remote lodge by night and take a 2-, 3-, or 5-day trip through breathtaking scenery by day. You can trek across immense glaciers under towering granite spires or conquer a brag-worthy via ferrata.

Family Adventures | 3 or 6 Day Trips

What happens when you combine million-year-old mountains with zip-lines, glaciers, waterfalls, and your whole family? Quality time, completely redefined. Our 3- or 6-night lodge-to-lodge trips are packed with scenery, activities, memories, and laughter.

Lodge-to-Lodge (Bobbie Burns to Bugabooos) | 6 Day Trip

Indulge in a grand guided experience that spans two remote lodges (accessible by helicopter only) and Canada's Columbia Mountains. Start your adventure at the Bobbie Burns Lodge, then heli-hop to the Bugaboo Lodge.

frequently asked questions

How do I get to the Bugaboo Lodge?

There are two ways for you to get to the Bugaboo Lodge.

  1. Pick up by CMH - On the morning of your trip start date, we will pick you up from Banff, Lake Louise or Golden in a private coach to drive you to the Bugaboo helipad. Once there, you’ll take a short 10-minute flight before arriving at the lodge. On your departure day, we will fly you back to the helipad before driving you back to Golden, Lake Louise, Banff or Calgary.
  2. Self-drive – If you choose to drive yourself to the Bugaboo helipad, we ask you arrive by 9:45 am MT to ensure a proper introduction to the Bugaboos program. If you arrive late, you may miss your flight to the lodge! If you want to drive yourself to the helipad, download our self-driving map.
What's a typical day like? How much will I hike?

Morning offers choices: join the morning stretch or sleep a little longer. Breakfast is served at 8:00am and the first helicopter leaves at 9:00am.

Each group, with its own guide, spends the day roaming and hiking in the mountains. Over the course of the day, the helicopter may move each group to three or four different areas giving you a chance to experience a variety of settings. Lunch is picnic-style with food that you pack from a great selection set out at the lodge each morning.

In the late afternoon, we fly back to the lodge for tea, goodies and relaxation prior to a spectacular dinner and an evening of story-swapping. Just as our groups vary, our mileage varies from approximately one kilometre (1/2 mile) to 15 kilometres (9 miles) - guests hike as much or as little as they desire.

What's a typical trip itinerary?

The day you arrive at the lodge we will outfit you with boots, jackets, daypacks, rainpants, walking poles and a water bottle. Lunch will be served then you will head outside for a helicopter safety briefing. You will hike that afternoon (at Bugaboos and Bobbie Burns). The next morning you can join the morning stretch or sleep a little longer. Breakfast is served at 8:00 am and the first helicopter leaves at 9:00 am.

Each group, with its own guide, spends the day roaming and hiking in the mountains. Over the course of the day the helicopter may move each group to three or four different areas giving you a chance to experience a variety of settings. Lunch is picnic-style that you pack from a scrumptious selection set out each morning. In the late afternoon we fly back to the lodge for tea goodies and relaxation prior to a spectacular dinner and an evening of story-swapping. Just as our groups vary, our mileage varies from a kilometre or so (1/2 mile) to 15 kilometres (9 miles). Our guests hike as much or as little as they desire.

What's the weather like?

Due to the high mountain environment, expect to experience various conditions. The weather can be sunny and warm, but be prepared for cooler tempertaures, rain, wind and possibly snow.

Mountain weather can change with very little warning. Temperatures range from highs of 10 to 35 degrees C (50 - 95F) to lows of -1 to 15 degrees C (30 - 50F).

What's included in my trip? What should I pack?

All of CMH’s Summer adventures include accommodation at one of two spectacular lodges, food and non-alcoholic beverages, certified guides and helicopter pilots, safety training and the use of hiking equipment (boots, jackets, daypacks, rainpants, walking poles, and water bottles). Our What’s Included page will give you full details on everything that is included.

For our Heli-Assisted Hiking Trips, we recommend you pack the following:

  • Lightweight sweater/fleece/vest
  • 2 long- and short-sleeved shirts or technical shirts
  • Comfortable pants for hiking (jeans are not recommended)
  • 2-3 pairs of socks (wool or synthetic; thick and thin pairs)
  • Shorts (or zip-off combination long pants/shorts)
  • Good-quality sunglasses
  • Hat or ball cap
  • Warm gloves (be prepared for all types of weather)
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Thin leather (or similar) gloves if you are participating in a Via Ferrata or Glacier Trek (you can also purchase these gloves in our lodge shop)
  • Optional items: alarm clock, flashlight, trekking poles, binoculars, lunch container
Do you have deals for groups?

We are always open to discuss options for large groups in our lodges - give us a call at 1-800-661-0252.

What is the minimum age to do a Via Ferrata?

The minimum age at Via Ferratas from the Bugaboos Lodge and the Bobbie Burns Lodge is 12 years old.

In both cases a parent must participate in the Via Ferrata/Glacier Trek with the child. In all cases final decision is the discretion of the Area Manager; factors that will be considered include the maturity of the child; fitness level, etc.

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