EXCHANGE DAYS

HELICOPTER ACCESS

Helicopter flights depart from Canmore Municipal Heliport (located in the Town of Canmore) or Mount Shark Helipad (one hour drive from Canmore). Guests arriving on public transport are priority passengers for the Canmore flight. Depending on logistics and your booking order you may be flying from Canmore Municipal Heliport or Mount Shark Helipad. Guests will be informed of the helicopter staging area one week prior to trip departure.

MONDAY AND THURSDAY EXCHANGE DAYS

Canmore- Talus Flight 8:15 am Check in at the Canmore Municipal Heliport
Mount Shark- Talus Flights

7:45 am Depart from Canmore for the Mount Shark Helipad with a full tank of gas
8: 45 am  Check in at Mount Shark Helipad

Talus- Mount Shark Flights 9:30 am First helicopter flight departs for Mount Shark Helipad
9: 45 am First flight arrives at Mount Shark Helipad
Talus- Canmore flight

10:15 am- 10: 45 Helicopter flight departs for Canmore Municipal Heliport
10:30 am – 11:00 Helicopter flight arrives at Canmore Municipal Heliport

CANMORE MUNICIPAL HELIPORT

Check in: 8:15 am
Location: 91 Bow Valley Trail. Canmore, Alberta. Log building with a the red roof.
Parking:  Parking is limited at the Canmore Municipal Heliport. We recommend car pooling with members of your group whenever possible. If you have friends in Canmore, please consider parking offsite and arranging to be dropped off at the Heliport. There is no overnight parking available for RV’s or trailers at the Canmore Municipal Heliport.

MOUNT SHARK HELIPAD

Check in: 8:45 am
Location: Mount Shark Helipad.
Parking: There is no driving allowed on the access road from the Mount Shark Helipad parking lot to the helipad. Please unload your gear and walk (200 meters) with your gear to the Helipad.

Directions to the Mount Shark Helipad (Route #1)
-Allow 1 hour of driving time from Canmore.
-Follow signs to the Canmore Nordic Centre.
-Continue past the Canmore Nordic Center.
-The road will turn to gravel and you will continue on the Spray Lakes Road/Smith-Dorrien (#742 South) for 37 kilometers.
-Turn right onto the Mt. Shark Road. Drive past the sign for Engadine Lodge and over the bridge.
-Continue down the winding road for 2.5 km. Turn left following the sign to Mt Shark Helipad.

Directions to the Mount Shark Helipad (Route #2)
-Allow 1.5 hours of driving time from Canmore.
-Leaving Canmore follow #1 TransCanada Highway East and exit on Highway #40 (Kananaskis Trail).
-Turn right and head south on Highway 40 passing Nakiska Ski Hill, Kananaskis Golf Course and Fortress Mountain Ski Hill.
-Turn right (west) at the Smith-Dorrien Spray Trail turnoff (#742). Turn right again and follow the Smith-Dorrien Spray Trail for 30 km.
-Turn left on Mt Shark Road. Drive past the sign for Engadine Lodge and over the bridge.
-Continue down the winding road for 2.5 km. Turn left following the sign to Mt Shark Helipad.

WHAT TO BRING

Winter Gear List: click here
Summer Gear List: click here

Summer:
Maximum baggage weight per guest 15 KG.

Winter:
Maximum baggage weight per guest 17 KG
One pair of skis or snowshoe per guest.

Excess baggage fee: $4.00 per KG

HOW TO PACK FOR THE HELICOPTER

  • Carry your prescription medication on your person.
  • Space is limited. Gear must be limited to essentials.
  • Gear above the luggage restrictions will incur the excess baggage fee.
  • More than one bag is allowed provided the bags meet the weight limits.
  • Backpacks and small duffel bags are best. Please, no suitcases and backpacks with external frames.
  • Anything attached to your bag may be removed in order to fit in the helicopter.
  • Wear your warm clothes.
  • We reserve the right to refuse oversize bags/items and extra skis due to space restrictions
  • Working dogs only allowed on the helicopter.

WINTER PACKING TIPS

  • Wear your ski boots and helmut.
  • One pair of skis. Please do not bring ski bags.
  • A second pair of skis may be flown in for $50 round-trip, if space is available.
  • Please let the loader know if you have an avalanche pack.

SUMMER TIPS

  • Bear spray will be provided at the lodge. Do not bring bear spray on the helicopter.

HELICOPTER DO’S AND DONT’S

No wheelies and hard sided suitcases. We love small duffels and day packs. Fly on the helicopter with your prescriptions on your person.

No dingle dongels hanging off your pack. Wear your ski helmut and let the loader know if you have an avalanche pack.

Wine and beer is available for purchase at the lodge. Should you want to bring libations (other than wine and beer), please transfer to a plastic container.

HELICOPTER SAFETY

  • Be on time for check in. Move slowly and calmly around the helicopter.
  • Your gear will be loaded and unloaded from the helicopter by Talus or Alpine Helicopter staff.

MANDATORY SAFETY VIDEO

Mount Shark Passengers must watch the mandatory safety video below. Canmore Passengers must watch the video at the Canmore Municipal Heliport.

MANDATORY SUMMER SAFETY VIDEO

MANDATORY WINTER SAFETY VIDEO

HIKING ACCESS

Talus Lodge will be offering guided hiking access in the summer of 2020. Due to safety reasons, remoteness of our location, absence of marked trails, difficult terrain that requires skilled navigation and active mining and logging in the area, guest hiking access is only possible with a Talus guide. Don’t expect a fluffed and buffed trail network or hands in the pocket walking. Talus Lodge provides transport to and from Canmore.

Access routes will vary with conditions and weather. The access routes range from 16 km-26 km.  The price for guided hiking including transportation to and from Canmore is the $175.00 per person each way. There is a minimum group size of six people and a commitment to hike both ways.

Ski access

We are offering guided ski touring to and from Talus via Burstall Pass for previous Talus guests who are strong backcountry skiers. The one way guiding fee is $175.00 per person. A group size minimum of 4 or equivalent pricing is required. For safety reasons, we do not allow guest ski access without Talus guide.

ACCOMODATION IN CANMORE

Consider staying at the Paintbox Lodge, our sister property in downtown Canmore. Talus Lodge guests receive 10% off and we will waive the two night minimum. Complimentary breakfast is provided at the Paintbox at 7:30 am on your Talus departure day to allow enough time to get to your staging area.