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Banff helicopter tour – tickets, prices, what to expect


A Banff helicopter tour is the best way to take in the fantastic view of Banff and the Canmore region from high up in the air.

Helicopter tour over Banff National Park surfaces new sights, scenes, and smells you might not have experienced had you explored Banff from the ground on your feet. 

This article shares everything you must know before booking your helicopter ride over Banff.

Cost of helicopter rides in Banff

The Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles Helicopter Tour, one of the best ways to explore the Canadian Rockies, costs C$ 445 per passenger.

For this price, you also land on Landslide Lake for a 45 minutes long guided Snowshoe Tour.

Box: Found the air tour costly? Check out the day-long private tour of Banff National Park

Heli tour of Banff & Canadian Rockies

Canadian Rockies_Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles Helicopter Tour
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On the Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles helicopter tour, you will get a birds-eye view of the Canadian Rockies, hidden in the heart of Banff National Park. 

The chopper will soar over snow-covered peaks, glittering glaciers, luminous lakes, thick forests, deep gorges, and canyons.

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What to expect during the experience

This chopper ride has four parts – 


Kick off the Canadian Rockies Helicopter Tour with a delicious hot buffet prepared using fresh ingredients, which includes stew, chili, or soup with bread, dessert, a side salad, veggies, and fruits. 

Helicopter Tour

Experience the Abraham Lake ice bubbles soaring high in the sky!

The ice bubbles blooming under Abraham Lake looks so stunning and mesmerizing that you won’t get your eyes off them.  

During the Abraham Lake ice bubbles Helicopter Tour, you’ll cross several craggy peaks and glaciers engulfed in lakes and waterfalls. 

Snowshoe Tour

After you land on Landslide Lake, you’ll embark on a guided Snowshoe Tour where you can completely immerse yourself in the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. 

All the tourists will be offered complimentary hot chocolate and Irish cream on the snowshoe tour.

After the snowshoe tour, head back to the base by Helicopter through a different aerial route offering spectacular views. 

On returning to the base, sit back, relax and warm up your toes and palms around the fire sipping complimentary tea and coffee. 

Ice Bubbles Tour 

Take a guided tour of Ice Bubbles on Abraham Lake and learn about the unique formations of nature. 

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How long does it take

Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles helicopter ride over Banff National park is a three-hour experience. 

The scenic flight is for 20 minutes, the ice bubbles walking tour on Abraham Lake for 45 minutes, and a guided snowshoe tour is for 60 minutes.

Ticket Inclusions

  • Headset during flight
  • Commentary by the professional pilot
  • Hot food, hot drinks, water, hot chocolate with Irish cream
  • Snowshoes, ice clamps for shoes, extra winter clothing
  • All taxes and fees

Meeting Point

Cline River Heliport

Address: Cline River Heliport, Clearwater County, AB T0M 2H0, Canada. Get Directions

All tourists must arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled tour time. 

Weight Restrictions

The maximum weight allowed on the Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles Helicopter tour is 113 kg (250 lbs) per passenger.

The tour is limited to 6 participants only. 

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Banff helicopter tour reviews

Most visitors have found the Banff helicopter tour exhilarating, exposing them to unseen landscapes, glaciers, and mountains without the need to hike for long hours and long distances.

Most Tripadvisor reviews suggest that the staff and pilot are friendly and narrate the entire tour really well.

Box item: This Full Day Private Tour of Banff doesn’t include a helicopter tour. However, if you want, you can add the experience as an add-on. 

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