Ready for an unforgettable bucket list adventure? It’s time to take a helicopter tour over the Canadian Rockies in Alberta!
Until just over a month ago, I’d never taken a helicopter flight. A few years ago I soared over Helsinki’s beautiful archipelago in a 4-seater Cessna – an unbelievable experience and a unique way to see the city. Then recently as part of my work as a Lonely Planet Trailblazer, I took to the skies over London in a helicopter. I’ve lived in London most of my life, and it’s genuinely one of the best things I’ve ever done!
So when I heard there was an opportunity to take a helicopter flight over the Canadian Rockies during our time in Alberta, I said yes immediately! I was excited to see the beautiful snowy scenery from above, and reach areas that would be otherwise totally off limits.
We booked with Rockies Heli Canada and arrived bright and early at their HQ close to Abraham Lake. The drive there was spectacular, along the Icefields Parkway, known for being one of the world’s most scenic driving routes!
Our tour wasn’t a standard flight either. The plan was to take to the skies, soar over the Rockies, then land in a snowy valley, head off snow shoeing, and then fly back to the base. After that we’d head to see some of the ice bubbles in Abraham Lake – a natural phenomenon I was very excited to see for the first time.
Check out the video to see what we got up to…
Our pilot Ralph was warm and welcoming, and would make even the most nervous of passengers feel at ease. He’d been a pilot for many years and even helped out in tricky mountain rescue missions. We all fell silent as the helicopter took off, keen to absorb the views and capture some beautiful photos. We soared higher and higher over glaciers and mountains. There’s an effortless feeling to being in a helicopter – as if we were inside a cloud floating through Alberta’s bright blue skies. It was incredible how close we got – it felt like we could reach out and touch the epic jutting mountains, which were covered in layers and layers of powdery white snow. The photos speak for themselves…