British Columbia
  • 6 days / 5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 21, 2019
  • From $3,398.00 / person
  • ($880.00 single supplement)

British Columbia: Purcell Mountains Hike

British Columbia is a wild place where Mother Nature creates the boundaries. On this six-day adventure, you’ll meet a grizzly bear face-to-face, eat lunch on a mountaintop, and ooh and ahh over a spectacular waterfall. Mid-trip, helicopter in to a backcountry lodge in the midst of the Purcell Mountains where your toughest choices of the day will be “which direction should I hike” and “what time do I want to eat dinner?” You’re going to need a long list of superlatives to describe what you see on this trip: ‘amazing,’ ‘spectacular’ and ‘wow’ will only go so far. Discover Canada’s westernmost province to find a region of unforgettable adventure, dramatic scenery, and astounding natural beauty.

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  • New Trips of 2019!
  • Hiking Vacations
  • North America Vacations
  • Adult only
  • Hiking
  • Gourmet Dining
  • Cultural/History

Activity Level: Moderately Easy (2)

About
This Tour
Leave your problems behind and journey into the secluded wildness of the Purcell Mountains. From budding naturalist to experience explorers, Austin Adventures’ six-day venture into British Columbia is a hiker’s paradise. Uncover one of Canada’s best gems and explore the secrets behind the area’s rich history, soaring peaks, towering waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Escape into the remote landscape with a perfect balance of luxury and adventure.
  • Float above the clouds on a gondola ride that whisks you to the top of Kicking Horse Resort, giving you panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains
  • Meet Boo the Bear at the world’s largest enclosed and protected mountainside grizzly bear habitat
  • Experience the dream adventure of a lifetime when you helicopter in to a secluded backcountry lodge that places you smack dab amidst the alpine slopes of the northern Purcell Mountains
  • Indulge in gourmet meals and on-the-go lunches prepared by the Purcell Mountain Lodge’s talented on-site chef
  • Enjoy signature BC wine as you watch the sun sets over a postcard-perfect landscape from your three-story, timber-framed lodge
     
Austin Adventures - Lake Louise - British Columbia trip
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Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days / 5 nights

Calgary, Alberta (YYC)

Day 1: Calgary / Banff National Park / Yoho National Park / Golden
lake in British Columbia
Meals Included:  L, D
Pick-up in Calgary before we make our way to Banff National Park. After a welcome meeting, we stop off at Lake Louise to ooh and ahh over this world famous turquoise lake and its soaring mountainous backdrop, including the beautiful Victoria Glacier. This afternoon, we drive towards Golden, British Columbia, stopping off along the way to hike around the exquisite Emerald Lake area and to Takakkaw Falls. Dinner and overnight in Golden.

About Winston Lodge

Winston Lodge offers luxurious accommodation steps from the heart of Kicking Horse Resort. Eleven unique suites provide an intimate, relaxing environment, allying a traditional rustic charm and coziness, reminiscent of the Great National Park Lodges, with modern comforts. One of the principal focal points of Winston Lodge is the Great Room, with a floor to ceiling stone fireplace where you are destined to relax and sip a glass of wine, or enjoy the beautiful view of the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the same setting for breakfast and day-time/evening relaxation in front of the Breakfast Room’s roaring log fire. All suites have traditional, hand-crafted solid wood furniture, feather down beds and private balconies with stunning mountain views. Each deluxe room has an en-suite bathroom offering a walk-in shower, tub/shower combination or a Jacuzzi tub.
Day 2: Kicking Horse Mountain / Golden
Austin Adventures - Kicking Horse Mountain - British Columbia Trip
Meals Included:  B, L, D
We spend our entire day at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort located just above the town of Golden. Begin the morning with a tour of the Grizzly Bear Refuge, a natural mountainside habitat where Boo, the resort’s resident grizzly hunts, plays, forages and explores just like his wild cousins. Take a scenic gondola ride up to our mountaintop dining destination, the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant. Then set off on a ridgetop hike through the high-alpine with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and the Columbia River wetlands. Enjoy dinner with the group back in Golden before getting a good night’s sleep.
Day 3: Golden / Purcell Mountains
Austin Adventures - Purcell Mountain Lodge - British Columbia
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Pack up your belongings as today we fly into our next location, Purcell Mountain Lodge, by helicopter! Our 15 minute helicopter ride whisks us away from society and into the northern Purcell Mountains where we’ll happen upon our backcountry luxury lodge perched at 7,200’.  Located amidst the alpine slopes of Bald Mountain, we’ll spend the next several days exploring this rugged, alluring paradise surrounding our mountaintop nook. Settle into the lodge with an orientation, lunch and a short afternoon hike before calling it a night in your cozy room.

About Purcell Mountain Lodge

Operating for over 25 years, Purcell Mountain Lodge offers year round accommodations and all the comforts of home in the backcountry. The lodge is perched at 7,200’ amidst the alpine slopes of Bald Mountain in the northern Purcell Mountains. This backcountry luxury lodge is located near Golden, British Columbia and is accessible only by 15-minute helicopter ride. Over 3,000 acres of rolling alpine meadows, endless fields of wildflowers and countless peaks and ridges, set against a backdrop of tumbling glaciers and alpine vistas await your arrival. Relax and unwind in the three story, timber framed lodge. You’ll find an open dining area, cozy living room with fireplace, quiet library, board games and puzzles. Ten private guest rooms are located on the upper floor and come with mountain views guaranteed to inspire and refresh. Each room has its own sink and vanity. Three private showers and three private bathrooms are across the hallway. A traditional wood burning sauna is steps away from the main lodge to help sooth tired muscles and joints.
Day 4 & 5: Purcell Mountains
Austin Adventures - Purcell Mountains - British Columbia
Meals Included:  B, L, D
The next two days are spent trekking through the alpine where the day’s agenda bends to the desires of the group. Take a leisurely walk amid endless meadows of eye-popping wildflowers or perhaps you’d enjoy a challenging trek to a nearby peak or a ridgeline hike with never-ending wilderness views. Surrounded by craggy peaks and with no sign of civilization for miles, you’ll quickly find yourself settling into the laid back rhythm of relaxed mountain life. All gourmet meals and on-the-go lunches are prepared by the lodge’s talented on-site chef. By night, sit back with a glass of signature BC wine in your three-story, timber-framed lodge, watching as the sun sets over a postcard-perfect landscape.  
Day 6: Purcell Mountains / Kootenay National Park / Calgary
Austin Adventures - Kootenay National Park - British Columbia Trip
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: No overnight
This morning, we bid goodbye to our remote mountain lodge and fly back to civilization. Upon arrival to our heli-base, we depart for Calgary stopping along the way for one last hike in Kootenay National Park. Drop-offs in Calgary in the late afternoon. ** Weather can be unpredictable in the mountains and therefore the helicopter out of Purcell will depart when weather patterns allow for the best flight conditions. This means you could be leaving Purcell Mountain Lodge early or late morning which puts you into Calgary any time around or after 4:00 PM. We recommend you book flights out of Calgary for Saturday so as not to miss your Friday flight home in case of a late helicopter departure out of the lodge. **Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.
Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 6 days / 5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 21, 2019
  • From $3,398.00 / person
  • ($880.00 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Jul 21, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019
  • Jul 28, 2019 - Aug 2, 2019

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival & Departures

Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts in Calgary, Alberta at 7:30 or 7:50 am, depending on your hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at your Calgary hotel 4:00 PM or later. With the helicopter’s flight schedule out of Purcell Mountain Lodge on Day 6 being irregular due to weather, we recommend you spend an extra night in Calgary at trip’s end so you don’t miss your Friday night flight. Please book flights out of Calgary for Saturday.

Activities

Hiking: 1 to 5+ mile hikes, easy to strenuous terrain (a range of hiking options is available out of Purcell Mountain Lodge). Discovery:  British Columbia is a land of abundance where craggy mountains tower over a glittering Pacific, rainforests engulf cities and nature shapes culture. This land supports ten mountain ranges that fall west from The Rockies until they eventually land in the Pacific. You’ll find thousand year old trees that guard glacier-fed streams pouring through steep river valleys. Higher up, mountain passes link entire ecosystems and watersheds. It’s a wild place where Mother Nature makes the rules. And while she demands respect, her handiwork offers massive rewards for those who seek adventure. Float above the clouds on a gondola ride that whisks you to the top of Kicking Horse Resort, giving you panoramic Rocky Mountain views from 7,700 feet. Meet Boo the Bear at the world’s largest enclosed and protected mountainside grizzly bear habitat. Experience the dream adventure of a lifetime when you helicopter in to a secluded backcountry lodge that places you smack dab amidst the alpine slopes of the northern Purcell Mountains. Trek to your location of choice by day and return to your lodge by night to enjoy a glass of red on the porch. Discover beautiful British Columbia with the experts in adventure travel!Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions, and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you.

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions - except one dinner on your own - are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price. Included in the Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in the Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Pre-departure Information After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
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With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:
Our Guides were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the trip. They also were able to quickly make adjustments due to the heat wave!     ” Kris M, Bridgewater, CT
Excellent - hiking and biking and guides exceeded expectations. ” Fred H, Highlands, NJ
Thanks for providing our family a week full of memories that we will be talking about for years to come.   ” Mary, Tony, Matthew and Grace Osterlund, Cincinnati, OH
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More reasons to discover British Columbia
  • 1. Lake Louise hike: When you get to the top, look down into the bottoms of this world famous world famous turquoise lake water.
  • 2. The view: Dazzling lakes, towering waterfalls, fields of wildflowers, and massive trees dating back thousands of years. This jaw-dropping panoramic view is impossible to beat.
  • 3. The seclusion: Unplug and recharge as you leave civilization behind and find a vast land of open wilderness and wildlife.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: travel to the heights of Canada’s highest-elevated restaurant and enjoy some of the best food and views the country as to offer.
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