The Heli Wilderness Experience

Mountains, glaciers and turquoise lakes

See Abraham Lake and the surrounding area from a different perspective on a sightseeing helicopter tour.

Published on August 12, 2018 | Last updated on August 6, 2022 | Exploring the Region, Stories

Take flight from the Rockies Heli Canada base located between Nordegg and Saskatchewan River Crossing on the shores of Abraham Lake. Your sightseeing adventure takes you into the Cline River valley, toward the majestic Minster Mountain, glaciers and stunning lakes.

One of our favourites is the Heli Wilderness Adventure. The adventure starts with your choice of the 20, 30 or 55-minute sightseeing flight and then adds a one-hour stop in a remote wilderness area for a walk. On our tour we got to spend time at Lake of the Falls, taking in the views of the surrounding peaks and turquoise waters.

Ice bubbles and grassy grounds
Sunrise on Ex Coelis

At a Glance

  • Activities: Heli sightseeing and hiking
  • Time needed: Plan on at least 3 hours
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Season: May to October
  • Operator: Rockies Heli Canada

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All tours and activities bookings are handled by Explore Nordegg & Abraham Lake and tours like these are offered by local partners. Most bookings require a minimum of 2 days' notice, contact us for last-minute options.

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Abraham Lake Ice Bubbles

The Flight

The first portion of the adventure took us along the Cline River Valley, seeing from above the Cline River Canyon and the Coral Creek Canyon where we hike often. The flight then took us toward Resolute Mountain and its snow-covered peak and the straight walls of Purple Mountain before we made our approach to Lake of the Falls, our destination for the walk.

Lake of the Falls

Our last visit to Lake of the Falls was on a backpacking trip during an August snow storm... This time around we were treated to blue skies, wildflowers and gorgeous views. The wilderness stop is the perfect way to slow things down and take the time to enjoy this special place.

If you're looking at camping or spending the day fishing at Lake of the Falls, they offer the option of flights to this lake and many others in the area. These Heli Backcountry Adventures are unguided but a great option for those with experience in the outdoors.

The Return Flight

The last part of the adventure is the flight back to the Cline River heliport, taking in one last look at Lake of the Falls, the Cline River Valley and Abraham Lake.

The People

All the stories we share are by locals, whether they live here or love our region and contribute to making it an amazing place. 

Contributors to this Story:

Contributor

  • JP is Owner + CEO at Nordegg Adventures where he oversees the development of new adventures, guide training, strategic planning, marketing and destination development partnerships.

Outdoor Safety

  • For your safety and the protection of the area please follow trail signs, stay on the trail and respect all trail closures
  • Be respectful of wildlife and familiarize yourself with wildlife safety techniques including keeping your pet on a leash and keeping your group together.
  • Always use the bear-proof garbage bin, keep a clean site and store your food in a bear-safe fashion.
  • Always be prepared when travelling outdoors.
  • This area has no to very limited cell phone reception. We recommend carrying an InReach or Zoleo on your hikes. A payphone is available at David Thompson Resort and across the highway from the Cavalcade Group Campground.
  • Information provided here may be inaccurate or outdated. Always make sure to obtain current information before going on your adventure.