365 Canadian Sights | Day 78: Purcell Mountain Lodge


 | Image from Flickr/Murray Foubister via CC BY SA 2.0 |

Travelling amongst the Rocky Mountains really gives you a sense of scale, as long as that scale is “I’m small, mountains are big.” Let’s kick that up a notch.

Really, the only way you’re getting to the Purcell Mountain Lodge is by helicopter. Sure, you could probably hike in, but that’s more technically true than it is practical.

But what a ride, to the top of Canada. And then you’re there. In the winter, it’s the snow-covered plateau for skiing and snowshoeing, in the spring and summer mountain meadows at 2,200 m (more than 1 km higher than Calgary).

Part of what’s great, in my opinion, is the different types of mountains nearby. On one side you have the Mt. Sir Donald range, all rocky jagged peaks and then in a different direction you have the smooth rise of Bald Mountain.

Helicopter. I mean, you could hike…but…helicopter.

On the downside, this is one of the priceir views. A 3-night trip (which includes helicopter ride, meals, mountain guide, is over $1,800. That’s the low end. A special wedding package nears $10,000. So…start saving?

I mean, the reviews are great for this place, but I doubt they’re written by to many people on a budget. However, it seems to live up to the hype. 

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