Glacier Kayaking

Glacier Kayaking 2018-05-29T10:55:50+00:00

Helicopter Glacier Kayaking

Every spring, alpine and glacial lakes begin to thaw along the shoreline, revealing vibrant blue water so extraordinary looking you have to see it to believe it. The melt water follows the contours of the lakeshore, giving the illusion that it is a river, when in fact the water is perfectly still. See British Columbia from a different perspective. Embark on a helicopter flight through the spectacular Coast Mountains and enjoy magnificent views as you fly over endless mountains and valleys, waterfalls cascading over granite cliffs, turquoise rivers winding their way through lush temperate rain forests, and even the occasional herd of mountain goats or elk. Just when you think it can’t get any better, our glacial destination pops into view only minutes before we land.

Take a moment to revel in the true beauty of British Columbia’s untouched wilderness as we set down beside a lake and get ready for an experience of a lifetime. Choose from glacier melt water kayaking or paddle boarding and enjoy complete peace and serenity. Vibrant blue melt water is only available in June. Once the ice is off the lake, the best times to visit are late July through to September. However, kayaking and paddle boarding are available until the ice returns in October, usually after the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend. Check out the photo gallery here.

The tour includes a 60 minute round trip sightseeing flight from our home base in rural Abbotsford, use of kayaks or paddle boards, 4 hours on location, trip photos, and a gourmet picnic lunch from Lepp Farm Market.

See below for the difference between June and July/August/September Glacier Kayaking.

Got questions? Have a look at our FAQ page or contact us here.

$5000.00+tax for Glacier Kayaking

Pricing is per group (max 4 guests per helicopter), in Canadian Dollars

If you don’t have a full group, you can now book individual seats directly through the website at a rate of $1250.00+tax per person. You will be matched up with other guests to complete a group of 4.

Add round trip from Vancouver Heli-Port for an additional $2000.00+tax

Add Ice Cave visit for an additional $500.00+tax (only accessible after August 1st)

  • Maximum 4 guests
  • Astar B2 Helicopter
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At the time of booking on all trips, the waiver is to be reviewed by each member of your party. If you have questions, please contact us or seek legal counsel. The waiver is not to be signed until you and your party arrive on location. It will be reviewed in person with Compass Heli Staff prior to signing. The medical form must be completed by each member of your party and scanned/emailed to at least 48 hours prior to the trip.


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During the month of June, the snow along the edges of frozen lakes melts first, revealing the vibrant blue seen in the picture below on the left. By late July or early August, all the ice is melted off the lake, revealing the lake’s true colour, seen in the picture below on the right. This is great for paddling leisurely across the huge glacial lakes. The photo on the right is an overhead drone shot of 4 kayakers in front of a 150ft wall of ice. Truly spectacular