Mountain Rescue Insurance

In nearly thirty years of guiding we have only had three evacuations from the field for minor injuries or illness.

Read on to decide whether you need mountain rescue insurance. Or purchase rescue insurance here

CANADIAN NATIONAL PARKS

Mountain rescue in Canadian National Parks is performed by professional rescue crews who are constantly on stand-by. It is free if you have paid the park admission fee. You may buy this pass at the gate when you enter the park or at any park information centre. It is your responsibility to obtain this pass. No other rescue insurance is required for trips in these national parks:

  • Banff

  • Jasper

  • Kootenay

  • Jasper

  • Glacier (Rogers Pass)

ALBERTA PROVINCIAL LANDS

Mountain Rescue on Alberta provincial lands is free and performed by professional rescue crews who are constantly on stand-by. No other rescue insurance is required for trips in these areas:

  • Canmore

  • Kananaskis

  • David Thompson Highway

BRITISH COLUMBIA PROVINCIAL LANDS

Mountain rescue on British Columbia provincial lands including provincial parks is not free. It is appropriate to purchase mountain rescue insurance for trips to these areas:

  • Assiniboine

  • Bugaboos

  • Backcountry lodge ski trips

  • Whistler

INTERNATIONAL TRIPS

It is appropriate to purchase mountain rescue insurance for trips to international destinations, such as:

  • Japan

  • Europe

  • Iceland

PURCHASE MOUNTAIN RESCUE INSURANCE

Here are some options for coverage. Make sure to research options carefully to make sure they are appropriate for your situation:

  • American Alpine Club Global Rescue package. For the cost of a membership in the AAC (US$80) you get US$7,500 mountain rescue insurance. This would probably cover most of the cost for many incidents. The advantage to this service is that they will organize your rescue with local resources. They are able to organize a rescue even if there are language barriers (EG in Japan). Recommended for both domestic and international trips.

  • Global Rescue. US$500,000 coverage. You need to be more than 100 miles from your home for this to kick in so it is not appropriate for clients on Canadian trips who live in proximity to Alberta or British Columbia. The advantage to this service is that they will organize your rescue with local resources. They are able to organize a rescue even if there are language barriers (EG in Japan). Recommended for international trips.

  • Tugo. This may be less expensive than Global Rescue and may be appropriate for trips in Canada where your guides are familiar with call out procedures and language is not an issue. You will need the optional adventure sport coverage.