Alpine HeliTours takes off in the val­ley

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The Cac­tus Coulee Fun Park has just opened the new­est ad­di­tion to their park.

The fun park has en­ter­tained tourists with go-karts, eu­robungy, and mini golf. Now, they have in­tro­duced a new at­trac­tion for thrill seek­ers.

Alpine He­li­copter Tours has part­nered with Cac­tus Coulee in hopes of ex­pand­ing their busi­ness. The tours of­fered in Drumheller, flies pas­sen­gers in and around the val­ley to take in the unique land­scape.

Head pi­lot of the Drumheller Alpine branch, Justin Grav­e­line, re­flects on his ex­pe­ri­ence fly­ing around the val­ley so far.

“So far it has been go­ing re­ally well. We see a lot of peo­ple who are very ner­vous at first, but we try to make their first time fly­ing as easy as pos­si­ble.”

Alpine He­li­copter Tours has been set up at the park since mid June and will re­main there un­til the end of Septem­ber. The com­pany is hop­ing to have a big­ger setup next year.

Grav­e­line, and his right hand man, Brys­ton Stan­ton run the show in Drumheller, tak­ing pas­sen­gers to new heights. Grav­e­line flys the he­li­copter while Stan­ton is the man on the ground.

“It is re­ally sooth­ing to be up in the air, but my favourite part is be­ing able to share it with oth­ers. Es­pe­cially the lit­tle ones,” says Grav­e­line.

Grav­e­line, orig­i­nally from Sud­bury, On­tario, was in­spired to be­come a pi­lot from his fa­ther, who also shared the same oc­cu­pa­tion. He earned his li­cence through the cadet pro­gram and has been with Alpine Tours for 2 years.

Grav­e­line and Stan­ton start their day by do­ing daily main­te­nance and check ups to the Bell 206L-3. The he­li­copter seats six pas­sen­gers and fea­tures a Rolls Royce 250-C30P en­gine.

“Our main con­cern here at Alpine is safety and pas­sen­gers. So we make sure ev­ery­thing is up to stan­dard,” says Grav­e­line.

Then, it is off to the sky as Grav­e­line tours the lucky pas­sen­gers around the val­ley.

Alpine of­fers two tours of the val­ley. The first is a trip to Horsethief Canyon and back. This tour show­cases the beauty of Horsethief Canyon that has been eroded into the earth by mil­lions of years of wa­ter and wind.

The sec­ond tour, takes pas- sen­gers to Horsethief Canyon and across to Horse­shoe Canyon, show­ing off the beauty of Drumheller and it’s sur­round­ing ar­eas.

The Cac­tus Coulee Fun Park can be found west of Drumheller on North Di­nosaur Trail.

Pi­lot Grav­e­line and Stan­ton stand in front of a Bell 206L-3 he­li­copter used to fly tourists around the val­ley, show­cas­ing the unique land­scape of the Drum- heller area. In­set, a birds eye view of the Town of Drumheller as seen on the Bad­lands Tour of­fered by Alpine He­li­copter Tours.

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