Flying Gear Only

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Winter 2017:  Dec 27, 29 and Jan 1, 2018

Winter 2018: February 9 to April 2.

Summer 2017: June 23 - October 1, 2017

Flight days: Friday, Sunday and Wednesday. On statutory holidays, flights operate on Friday and Monday.

Cost: $3.00 per pound/flight
Bag size: 12x15x32 inches or 29x37x80 cm
Canmore Alpine Heliports hours of operation:
Summer: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Winter: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Flying gear into Assiniboine for hikers or skiers

Gear drop off location: Canmore Alpine Heliport.
Gear drop off time: Before 9 am on flight days
Gear pick up location: Assiniboine Lodge.  Gear is available for pick up by mid-afternoon.
Canmore Alpine Helicopters: 91 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, Alberta.

Flying gear out from Assiniboine for hikers and skiers

Gear drop off location: Assiniboine Lodge
Gear drop off time: 7 - 9 am on flight days
Gear pick up location: Canmore Alpine Helicopters
Summer gear pick up: after 4:00 pm and until 6:00 pm 
Winter gear pick up: after 3:00 pm and until 5:00 pm 
Canmore Alpine Helicopters: 91 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, Alberta.
Canmore Alpine Heliport phone number: 403 678 4802

General information and luggage restrictions for flying gear only

Procedure for flying gear into Assiniboine

  • Visitors accessing the Park by hiking or skiing can fly non-essential gear by helicopter.
  • No advanced arrangements are required for individuals or groups flying less than 150 pounds of gear into Assiniboine.
  • Groups flying more than 150 pounds of gear must make arrangements in advance by calling (403) 678 2883 or emailing the Assiniboine reservation office.
  • Gear must be dropped off at the log cabin with the red roof at Canmore Alpine Heliport before 9:00 am on flight days.
  • For an early start or a multiday access trips, gear can be dropped in advance at Canmore Alpine Heliport. Gear can be dropped in the hours of operation for the Canmore Alpine Heliport.
  • Write your name on and attach the provided green baggage tag to your gear.
  • Pick up and pay for flying your gear upon arrival at Assiniboine Lodge.

Procedure for flying gear out of Assiniboine

  • Arrangements for flying gear only can be made at Assiniboine Lodge, through the Assiniboine Lodge custodian or at Assiniboine Lodge public tea time (4pm-5pm)
  • Gear must be dropped off at Assiniboine Lodge before 9 am on flight days.
  • For an early start or a multiday departure trips, gear can be dropped in advance on non-flight days at Assiniboine Lodge
  • Write your name on and attach the provided green baggage tag to your gear.
  • Payment is processed at Assiniboine Lodge.
  • Gear can be picked up only in the hours of operation for the Canmore Alpine Heliport. If you arrive late, gear can be picked up the next day. 

Luggage Restrictions

  • Space is limited on the helicopter. Gear must be limited to essentials.
  • More than one bag is allowed provided the bags meets the size and weight limits.
  • Suitcases and backpacks with external frames are not allowed on the helicopter.
  • Backpacks and small duffel bags are best.
  • Anything attached to your bag may be removed in order to fit in the helicopter.
  • Items such as hiking poles, walking sticks, fishing rods, tripods and ice axes should be treated as seperate items.
  • Bear spray, fuel for camp stoves and any other flammables must be kept separate from your other gear and identified to the helipad personnel.  These items will be put in a specific compartment on the helicopter.
  • We reserve the right to refuse over-weight bags.

Additional luggage restrictions and considerations for Hut Visitors and Campers

  • Sleeping bags and sleeping pads attached to backpacks may have to be removed in order for your bag to fit in the helicopter. Pack these items inside your backpack.
  • BBQ’s are not allowed at the Naiset Huts or Campgrounds.
  • Hard-Sided Coolers are not allowed. They do not fit in the helicopter or the food storage boxes at the Naiset Huts and the Campgrounds. Use a soft-sided cooler, duffel bag or small cardboard boxes.
  • Hut visitors and Campers are responsible for transporting their gear, by foot or ski, to their overnight destination. Assiniboine Lodge is 500 meters from the Naiset Huts and 1.4 km from the Magog Campground.