Tauck has announced that next summer it will again offer helicopter-assisted alpine explorations in the Canadian Rockies. The company’s seven-day Bugaboos Adventure was last offered in 2015 during Tauck’s 90th anniversary, in celebration of the innovative spirit that led Tauck chairman Arthur Tauck Jr. to invent helicopter-assisted hiking, or heli-hiking, in the 1970s.
Tauck will offer three departures of Bugaboos Adventure as part of its recently-announced portfolio of 2017 North America itineraries, which will also feature three unique, single-departure Tauck Events as well as major enhancements to several other tours. Tauck has seen its North America business surge this year, and the company is reporting exceptionally strong pre-season bookings in North America for the coming year as well.
In particular, the company has seen a large spike in interest in its National Parks tours due to 2016’s National Park Service centennial celebration, and the company’s ongoing partnership with the filmmaker Ken Burns. Tauck’s National Parks itineraries (and many of its other domestic tours) are enhanced with content provided by Burns, whose film ‘The National Parks: America’s Best Idea’ established him as a popular authority on the parks.
Bugaboos Adventure (from $5990 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare) begins with two nights at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff National Park. On day three, guests will be airlifted by helicopter to the Bugaboo Lodge high in the Purcell Mountains, where they’ll enjoy a three-night stay. While at the lodge, guests will travel by helicopter to various locations in the Purcells, to explore on guided daily walks in small groups based on guests’ preference for easier or more challenging terrain.
On day six guests will be ferried by helicopter down from the mountains and transported to the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, where they’ll enjoy an afternoon of free time and an overnight stay. Included in the price are all lodging, helicopter and ground transportation, airport transfers, most meals and gratuities, and much more. Departures of Bugaboos Adventure are scheduled for July and August, and availability is limited.