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Bendigo, Australia
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Which Helicopter tours near Banff/Canmore?

We are planning a Fall 2014 trip to Banff and Canmore (staying 4 nights) any suggestions for flight and lunch package tours?

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1. Re: Which Helicopter tours near Banff/Canmore?

Alpine Helicopters seems to be the best one. Most all the big tour companies use them. They are the search and rescue go to firm as well so safety is a big concern for them.

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2. Re: Which Helicopter tours near Banff/Canmore?

Thanks for the tip, they look like great operators!

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Hagen

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3. Re: Which Helicopter tours near Banff/Canmore?

There are operators in Canmore, east of Canmore beside the casino along Hwy #1, and in the middle of nowhere east of Saskatchewan River Crossing. Their names escape me, but google might help, as might asking on the Canmore or Canadian Rockies forums.

There are no operators in Banff, and none of the operators fly into the national parks. Not allowed.

PS, searching the Alberta forums for "helicopter" brings up a lot. For example,

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Edited: 11:10 am, October 17, 2013
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4. Re: Which Helicopter tours near Banff/Canmore?

Thanks for the information and tips, especially the no landing in nat parks...found that odd considering we were able to land in the Grand Canyon. Anyway, I'll check em out, but so far liking what Alpine have to offer.

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5. Re: Which Helicopter tours near Banff/Canmore?

Grand Canyon National Park is not in Canada, and therefore not administered by Parks Canada, the Canadian government department that runs Banff National Park (and other Canadian national parks). Commercial aviation operations, including heli-hiking and heli-sightseeing, are not allowed in the national parks here. Some provincial parks allow it - for instance, at Mt. Robson Provincial Park, a British Columbia provincial park located in the Canadian Rockies adjacent to Jasper National Park, heli flights are allowed on Mondays and Fridays, and similarly, BC's Mt. Assiniboine PP allows some heli access to the lodge there, and scenic overflights.

The other company that VP was referring to is Icefield and Kananaskis Heli Tours: http://www.icefieldandkheli.com/ These guys do offer a flight over the Columbia Icefield, but if I recall correctly, they are subject to minimum height restrictions while over Jasper National Park. (I think it's 10,000 feet, but am not sure.)

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6. Re: Which Helicopter tours near Banff/Canmore?

in the Grand Canyon the helicopters land on Indian Land outside the NP. That's why its allowed. Grand Canyon like Banff does not allow helicopters over the main tourist parts of the park. If you do Alpine the 25 minute Royal Canadian is the one I've done several times and very enjoyable.

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7. Re: Which Helicopter tours near Banff/Canmore?

Thanks for the info, helps make our decisions easier.

Cheers

hagen

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8. Re: Which Helicopter tours near Banff/Canmore?

All makes sense now :) i will check out the link...thanks

Hagen

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