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World from the air: Canadian Rockies

19:30 AEST Thu Jan 2 2014

Giaan Rooney realised one of her hundred things to do when she joined pilot Chad Nichol from Alpine Helicopters for a flight high above the Canadian Rockies.

They’ve been doing the flights since 1986 and a half-hour trip takes in three mountains, known as the Three Sisters, Spray Valley and The Rockies. The flight path follows the Bow River which has multi-million dollar homes on its banks.

The journey starts in Canmore near the beautiful town of Banff, and heads to an area accessible only by a 3-5 day hike.

Before long you are over the rugged Gloria Glacier. It is around 60 metres thick and regularly has icefalls with large chunks tumbling from Mount Assiniboine. It’s quite something to experience – from a distance!

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