One of my most memorable holidays was a summertime heli-hiking vacation in the Canadian Rockies with Canadian Mountain Holidays. And, it delights me when a company that’s already great, does something even better. Case in point, the new “CMH Summer Adventures” (formerly CMH Heli-Hiking). As if heli-hiking wasn’t exciting enough, they’ve added ropes courses, zip-lining, via ferrata, yoga getaways and women’s weeks-and brand-new for this year, painting and cooking workshops, cancer survivors’ retreats and exclusive trips with great Canadian explorers to their summer lineup.  The CMH Summer Adventures season will run from July 6 to September 7, 2010. See details below.

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The new Summer Adventures for 2010 will include a unique opportunity for active and creative types to participate in a Painting Workshop with Liz Wiltzen in the Bugaboos (August 31-September 5). Liz combines 10 years of guiding experience in the Bugaboos with 20 years of painting, to provide guests with real-time hiking experience in the storied Bugaboos, as well as hands-on artistic guidance in the painting of them.


 With CMH’s new Stretch & Stir cooking workshop, guests can join sisters Sandra Davis and Julie Sagan in an alpine experience that mixes yoga, cooking and Heli-Hiking in the iconic Bugaboo Mountains (August 20-23).  Chef Sandra Davis creates mouth-watering delights from her catering business The Saucy Gourmet, while her sister, yoga master Julie Sagan, stretches her clients at the Bikram Yoga West Edmonton Studio.

Also new for 2010 is reTREAT Yourself, a CMH Summer retreat for cancer survivors, co-presented by Look Good Feel Better.  The retreat, which will take place at Bugaboo Lodge, August 8-11, will include daily meditative yoga sessions with experienced practitioner Anne Douglas; hiking amid glacial lakes and fields of wildflowers; and artistic workshops, including soapstone bear carving and bead work, with special guests Sherry Abbott and Dr. Marilyn Hundleby.

And finally, CMH Summer Adventures guests can join world-renowned Canadian explorers, Dr. Joe MacInnis (July 24-27) andDr. Roberta Bondar (August 17-20), for exclusive expeditions in the Bobbie Burns and Bugaboo ranges, respectively.  Dr. MacInnis is a best-selling author and conservationist who led the first team of scientists to dive under the North Pole and was among the first to dive to the Titanic.  Dr. Bondar is well-known as Canada’s first woman astronaut and the world’s first-ever neurologist in space. 

“Building on the incredible success of Heli-Hiking in the Bobbie Burns and Bugaboo sub-ranges of the Columbia mountains over the last three decades,” says CMH President Walter Bruns, “we are immensely proud to be able to further expand our summertime offerings to new and returning guests.  CMH has always been, first and foremost, about innovation, creativity and respect for our natural surroundings-and with these newest Summer Adventures, we are able to sustain, and build on, that vision.”

CMH Summer Adventures trips are priced from CAD$2,490 (approx. US$2,447) per person for a 3-night escape, based on double occupancy and exclusive of HST.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".