Summer Activities: See Banff and the Canadian Rockies from unique perspective in the sky

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Written by Patrick J. Smith posted on Monday, February 1st, 2010

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Mount Assiniboine is the focal point of a helicopter sightseeing tour that will show you the Canadian Rockies in a whole new way.

BANFF, Alberta – We know that sometimes you just can’t see the forest for the trees … and sometimes, you just can’t see the mountains for the, well, mountains. The Canadian Rockies cover a lot of territory, a sprawling panorama of peaks and valleys, glaciers and rivers and lakes, and, yes, lots and lots of trees. There are thousands of kilometers of roads, paved and otherwise, for you to follow, and yet it can feel like you’ll never see even a tithe of what is there to see.

If only you could get a bird’s-eye view … oh, wait. You can! Just climb aboard a helicopter, and your friendly guide will be happy to show you Banff National Park and its surroundings from a vantage point you can’t get anywhere else.

Banff TravelHelisightseeing tours are a wonderful way to introduce yourself to the Rockies, or to see old friends in a new way. Fun, friendly and fast, these journeys through the sky will help you put your ground-side experiences into perspective. Besides, if you think places like Lake Louise are beautiful on foot, wait ’til you get an aerial view!

There are a few things to remember before you take off. First, be sure to bring warm clothing! As you climb, the temperature plummets. You don’t want to be caught in the air unprepared. Also, be sure to have any loose ends secured, especially zips, ties and belts. As for prices, they’re based on a minimum of two passengers, and children under 3 are not recommended. Finally, tours depend on weather conditions being amenable, so you will have to confirm your flight on the morning of departure.

Here are several tours you can take year ’round through Banff Travel:

– SPRAY LAKES HELISIGHTSEEING: This is a good one for someone who’s never taken a flight over the Canadian Rockies before. The 12-minute tour takes you over the Spray Valley and the spine of the Goat Range. It’s a quick and beautiful way to introduce yourself to some of the great scenery the Canadian Rockies have to display.

– MOUNT ASSINIBOINE HELISIGHTSEEING: Mount Assiniboine is known as the Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies, and this helicopter tour will show you why. The mountain peaks at 3,611 meters (11,870 feet) along the Great Divide, and you will be awed by the glaciers and icefalls that surround the peak. You’ll have a full 30 minutes to awe at the sight and take as many photos as humanly possible – and, yes, don’t forget your camera!

– ROYAL CANADIAN HELISIGHTSEEING: This 25-minute flight takes you over the Sundance and Goat mountain ranges. The journey is replete with peaks, alpine meadows and stunning, pristine lakes.

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