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Ready to get off the grid this summer? Going to a backcountry lodge in British Columbia is just what you need if you prefer active holidays in the great outdoors. Especially when it’s the incredible Purcell Mountain Lodge—accessible only by helicopter and surrounded by jaw-dropping Canadian Rockies! This all-inclusive hiking adventure is pure magic. Picture gourmet meals cooked up by a chef, tailor-made hikes led by an ACMG guide, and all the cozy comforts of the lodge, including a heavenly sauna. Waking up to those gorgeous mountain views, exploring the surrounding wilderness, and living that deluxe backcountry life—it’s the stuff dreams are made of!

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  • All-inclusive experience

    Including helicopter transfers, guidance, the largest alpine meadow in North America, and the incredible Canadian Rockies!

  • All skill levels welcome

    You don’t have to be a hiking pro to enjoy BC’s magnificent backcountry!

  • Deluxe backcountry lodge

    Going to a backcountry lodge doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort when you have gourmet meals, wood-burning sauna, and elegantly furnished spacious living spaces

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Golden, BC Long Weekend Deluxe Hiking Tour at Purcell Mountain Lodge

Join us for an exhilarating 4-day heli-accessed hiking trip at Purcell Mountain Lodge in British Columbia! Enjoy gourmet cuisine prepared by our professional chef, guided hikes led by ACMG guides, and unwind in the lodge's inviting sauna. Immerse yourself in stunning vistas of BC's mountains, meadows, and vibrant wildflowers. Your adventure includes luxurious lodging, helicopter transfers to and from Golden, ensuring an unforgettable retreat away from the hustle and bustle. Prepare for the ultimate long weekend hiking retreat!

  • Arrive at Purcell Mountain Lodge by helicopter in the morning and enjoy a continental breakfast upon arrival. Lodge Hosts will welcome you outside the lodge. Coffee, tea and continental breakfast will be ready for you to enjoy. The staff will be managing the helicopter transfers while you settle in. After all the flights arrive, the guides will have a brief meeting to discuss the plans for the day, then everyone will come together for a warm welcome & introduction. Shortly after you will be off on your first day’s hike, preceded by grizzly bear safety orientation. The first day’s lunch will be pre-packaged before you arrive:  gourmet sandwiches, soups and stews. Take your pick from a selection of in-house baked goods, vegetables, fruits and lots of pocket snacks. After an ACMG guided hike with gourmet lunch (4-6 hours), it’s time for an après-hike appetizer service, happy hour, and a chef-prepared three-course dinner. Enjoy personal time in the evening.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Purcell Mountain Lodge

    Helicopter landing beside the Purcell Mountain Lodge.
  • Coffee is ready by 7:00 a.m. Help yourself to exercise mats found upstairs in the library and do some stretching or yoga. Hot gourmet breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m. At breakfast time guides will talk about a few guided options for the day. Choices range from gentle to more challenging hikes. Your day can be as leisurely or as challenging as you wish. We’ll usually head out and begin hiking around 10:00 a.m. Afterward, happy hour begins when you get back to the lodge—after 5-7 hours of hiking. There are a variety of craft beers, wines and liquors available from our self-serve cash bar. Appetizers are served shortly upon arrival. Before dinner, guests will have a chance to shower, take a sauna, nap, read, play games or relax. Three-course dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. We love food as much as we love hiking and our amazing chefs’ have the freedom to create mountain inspired cuisine. The meals are all freshly made and will help everyone refuel for their next day’s adventure. Dinners are paired with B.C. speciality wines

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Purcell Mountain Lodge

    Hiker beside a lake in British Columbia, during a lodge-based hiking tour near Golden.
  • We’ll depart our rooms no later than 7:45 a.m. on departure day. After breakfast and tallying our bar tabs, it’s time to fly back to Golden, around 9:30 a.m. All departure flights are completed no later than 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. (weather depending). Say goodbye to your guide, fellow hikers and to Golden—or continue touring on your own!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Purcell Mountain Lodge as seen during summer.
Golden, BC Weekday Deluxe Hiking Tour at Purcell Mountain Lodge

Long weekend not cutting it? We understand completely. Extend your adventure with our weekday hiking getaway, spanning Monday to Friday—one day longer for even more exploration! Accessible via helicopter, Purcell Mountain Lodge offers the same top-notch experience: world-class mountain surroundings, gourmet dining, personalized hikes, and cozy lodge amenities like a sauna. Don't miss out on this unforgettable weekday escape at Purcell Mountain Lodge!

  • Arrive at Purcell Mountain Lodge by helicopter in the morning and enjoy a continental breakfast upon arrival. Lodge Hosts will welcome you outside the lodge. Coffee, tea and continental breakfast will be ready for you to enjoy. The staff will be managing the helicopter transfers while you settle in. After all the flights arrive, the guides will have a brief meeting to discuss the plans for the day, then everyone will come together for a warm welcome & introduction. Shortly after you will be off on your first day’s hike, preceded by grizzly bear safety orientation. The first day’s lunch will be pre-packaged before you arrive:  gourmet sandwiches, soups and stews. Take your pick from a selection of in-house baked goods, vegetables, fruits and lots of pocket snacks. After an ACMG guided hike with gourmet lunch (4-6 hours), it’s time for an après-hike appetizer service, happy hour, and a chef-prepared three-course dinner. Enjoy personal time in the evening.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Purcell Mountain Lodge

    Helicopter landing beside the Purcell Mountain Lodge.
  • Coffee is ready by 7:00 a.m. Help yourself to exercise mats found upstairs in the library and do some stretching or yoga. Hot gourmet breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m. At breakfast time guides will talk about a few guided options for the day. Choices range from gentle to more challenging hikes. Your day can be as leisurely or as challenging as you wish. We’ll usually head out and begin hiking around 10:00 a.m. Afterward, happy hour begins when you get back to the lodge—after 5-7 hours of hiking. There are a variety of craft beers, wines and liquors available from our self-serve cash bar. Appetizers are served shortly upon arrival. Before dinner, guests will have a chance to shower, take a sauna, nap, read, play games or relax. Three-course dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. We love food as much as we love hiking and our amazing chefs’ have the freedom to create mountain inspired cuisine. The meals are all freshly made and will help everyone refuel for their next day’s adventure. Dinners are paired with B.C. speciality wines

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Purcell Mountain Lodge

    Hiker beside a lake in British Columbia, during a lodge-based hiking tour near Golden.
  • We’ll depart our rooms no later than 7:45 a.m. on departure day. After breakfast and tallying our bar tabs, it’s time to fly back to Golden, around 9:30 a.m. All departure flights are completed no later than 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. (weather depending). Say goodbye to your guide, fellow hikers and to Golden—or continue touring on your own!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Purcell Mountain Lodge as seen during summer.
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Purcell Mountain Lodge
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Purcell Mountain Lodge
Off the grid and accessible by helicopter, Purcell Mountain Lodge is perched at 2,200 meters (7200') in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. It provides doorstep outdoor adventure for winter and summer. Ski touring and snowshoeing in the winter and breathtaking hikes in the summer, all with daily guided tours with ACMG guides, gourmet chef, host, luxury accommodations and lodge amenities including a wood burning sauna. Escape the city life and retreat to Purcell Lodge for a magical unforgettable experience!

Accommodation

5.00 (8 reviews)
An unparalleled opportunity to hike vast open flower alpine meadows
johnwebsterpaintings (August 2023, source: Tripadvisor)

Could not have been better. Starting with the breathtaking helicopter ride in, swooping in over the stunning mountain ridges and amazing vistas… our 5 days got better and better from moody clouds to pristine blue sky days, each with its own charm. Wildflowers in full bloom were almost unbelievable. It was hard not to evoke Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music when you head out in the vast open alpine meadows… The meals were off-the-charts great – unexpected in such a remote location. There’s even a great stock of good wines available by the bottle! The sauna was another unexpected treat, and fun to splash in the creek, then head back to heat up with steam. A great experience!

I can't wait to do it next year!
Gary Laviolette (September 2023, source: Tripadvisor)

Just a very memorable experience! A treasure to be able to hike in the Purcells with an excellent guide and some good companions. The food was great as was the location of the Lodge. The weather was perfect and the views were spectacular!

Amazing Mountain Experience
Dan B (September 2023, source: Tripadvisor)

Amazing experience at Purcell Lodge. The hiking was incredible and our guide Jason was very knowledgeable and accommodated the groups pace. Lots of wildlife including bears to see and the views were out of this world. The chef’s food was an event every time it was served. Lot’s of thought went into everything made and it was tasted amazing.

Perfect experience for our family including 90 year old mother
peteratyler (August 2023, source: Tripadvisor)

Perfect mountain lodge to take my 90 year old mother. She hiked over 10km above the tree line every day and yet did less than 300 meters vertical a day, just incredible to start so high at the lodge. Amazing food and comfortable rooms. A very special birthday surprise.

Disconnect in Paradise
aghpwh77 (August 2023, source: Tripadvisor)

I can’t say enough good things ! The food was remarkable and plentiful. The staff from the host to the hiking guides were friendly and made you feel like family . I wish I had booked week instead of just a long weekend. I will definitely be back to visit

Worth a visit
CherylM2010 (August 2023, source: Tripadvisor)

A great trip at the lodge. The food was delicious and the guided hikes took us to some beautiful spots. The small group size allowed us to get to know the other hikers too.
This is definitely a lodge worth visiting if you enjoy backcountry hiking.

Same Time Next Year Hiking Group July 2023
bbergh2023 (August 2023, source: Tripadvisor)

Everything was great. Helicoper procedure and loading was very smooth
Guides and trails were awesome, they were very knowledgable and adaptable
Food was excellent
Everyone was very friendly and upbeat
Lodge itself is beautiful in a beautiful setting

AWESOME
36jryan (July 2023)

Best experience Food and accommodation the best The guides and other staff were awesome The scenery was spectacular Sauna after the long hikes was so needed For a three day trip felt like I was away for two weeks

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced hiking guide with extensive experience in British Columbia’s backcountry
      • A 4-day or a 5-day heli-accessed and lodge-based hiking trip starting in Golden (depending on the itinerary)
      • Accommodation in the luxury Purcell Mountain Lodge (based on double occupancy) for 3 or 4 nights (depending on the itinerary)
      • Helicopter transfer to and from Golden, BC
      • All meals prepared by a classically trained chef

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Golden
      • Accommodation in Golden before and after the adventure — if applicable
      • Alcoholic beverages (cash bar will be available)
      • Guide & staff gratuities — 15-20% is customary, split equally between guides and staff
      • Travel and medical/rescue insurance — highly recommended
  • The best thing about Golden, BC heli-accessed hiking based at the Purcell Mountain Lodge is that there are incredible options for all fitness levels. That said, you need to have some full-day hiking experience and be in a fairly good physical shape. At breakfast time guides will talk about a few guided options for the day. Choices range from shorter to longer hikes, varying in elevation gain and terrain difficulty. Your day can be as leisurely or challenging as you wish. Guided guests wanting to explore the area on their own must discuss with the lead guide. Additionally, all participants will participate in grizzly bear safety orientation before heading out on their first tour. You’ll be able to discuss your plans and preferences/abilities with your guide prior to the start of the tour.

  • For hiking equipment, you will need to bring:

      • Hiking boots with good ankle support
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Moisture-wicking long- and short-sleeved hiking shirts
      • Hiking pants and shorts
      • Mid-layer or fleece
      • Lightweight waterproof hiking jacket
      • Hiking socks

    For the Purcell Mountain Lodge, you will need to bring:

      • Comfortable clothing for lounging around the lodge (2 or more changes)
      • Bath, sauna, face and hand towel for personal use
      • Blanket or a lightweight sleeping bag
      • Slippers
      • Bathing suit
      • Headlamp with extra batteries
      • Toiletries

    For personal items, we recommend bringing:

      • 30-35L daypack
      • 50L duffel bag
      • Sunglasses
      • Sunhat
      • Sun and lip cream
      • Water bottle and 2L of water
      • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
      • Camera — optional

    Please keep in mind that helicopters have a very limited capacity. For your safety, we must limit your personal soft shell luggage to a maximum of 35 lbs (13.5 kg). Additional cargo space is for gear, transportation of food and lodge supplies. No hard shell and no wheel baggage permitted!

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For these group hiking adventures from Golden, BC, the minimum client-to-guide ratio is 4:1, while the maximum ratio is 6:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 8 people for the weekend hiking tour to operate and 12 people for the weekday hiking tour to operate.
      • The maximum number of participants for both tours is 16.

    This heli-accessed hiking trip based at the Purcell Mountain Lodge in British Columbia can be arranged for private groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to the town of Golden, which is the starting point of your hiking tour, most people fly into Calgary International Airport. From there, it’s a three-hour drive to the town of Golden.

    The meeting point is the Alpine Helicopters Base (204 Fisher Road Golden, B.C. V0A 1H0), where you are expected to arrive around 8am for a helicopter flight to your lodge. Our Stager & Expediter will greet you at the hangar on departure day. Arriving on time allows for time to weigh baggage, read and fill out and sign the release of liability waiver, and receive a helicopter safety talk.

    We recommend arriving in Golden a day prior to the tour to ensure you start the adventure fully rested and prepared!

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the trails, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Full tour price to secure your place is due upon booking. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to ninety (90) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
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